Richard Edward Miles was born at Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on August 12th, 1946, the son of Fred Harrison Miles and Amy Reese Miles. He grew up in Sandy Springs, Georgia and graduated from Sandy Springs High School in 1965. Shortly after graduation he joined the Marine Corps and got married to his wife Rhonda, who he had been dating since 1961. They would have celebrated 45 years of marriage this November.
I was born in December of 1966 while my daddy was in Vietnam and my brother in February of 1971.
My dad worked for Western Electric (now Lucent Technologies) until the late ’70s or early ’80s and then worked briefly for Life of Georgia. He went to work for MCI in 1985 and worked there until the WorldCom fiasco. He has been at Verizon Business ever since, getting ready to retire in the next few years.
He was well-loved both by his associates in the work place as well as at home. I am having a hard time right now putting anything down ‘on paper’ as I am still in shock at our sudden loss. At some point later I may be able to write a proper tribute to my father but this is not the time.
My dad was very proud of his military service and over the last few years he has let that pride show. He was also very proud of the fact that his grandson Christopher has been in the United States Marine Corps for the last three years.
Richard ‘Ricky’ Miles passed away suddenly Friday July 30th at the age of 63, two weeks before his 64th birthday. He was proceeded in death by both parents and grandparents. He is survived by his brother Robert, his loving wife and my mother Rhonda. two sons Richard and Charles and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Sandy Springs Chapel on Mt Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs, Georgia on Wednesday August 4th from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. with a service to follow.We are having my father cremated so there will be no funeral. We ask that in lieu of flowers all donations to be sent to Veterans for Common Sense at http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/