ABILENE, Tex. (BNc)- Preacher and university professor L. Haven Miller, 95, passed away Monday, Sept. 15.
Leonard Haven Miller was born in Los Angeles, Calif., March 30, 1913, to William Edgar Miller and Emma Louis Lyttle Miller.
Haven had many accomplishments in his lifetime of service to universities as a professor and to numerous churches as a preacher.
As a professor at David Lipscomb for seven years (1939-46) and Abilene Christian University for 34 years (1946-80), he taught Spanish, English, French, Latin, Portuguese, and Bible. During his 74-year preaching career he had the privilege being the first fulltime minister at Madison church near Nashville, as well as preaching at numerous congregations in Georgia, Tennessee and Texas.
His passion for missions led him on over 90 trips to Mexico, as well as seven trips to Spain.
Haven will be greatly missed by his two daughters Ada and husband Dr. Carley Dodd of Abilene, and Deborah and husband Joe Hailey of Anson, Tex.; a son, Stephen and wife Jean Miller of Garland, Tex.; nine grandchildren, Kevin Miller, Holly (Ken) Machemehl, Jeremy (Jennie) Dodd, Dr. Matthew (Heather) Dodd, Philip (Tanji) Dodd, Joe Hailey III, Brian (Leslie) Hailey, Jennifer Dodd, and Sarah Hailey as well as nine great grandchildren, two step-sons, Dr. Jimmy (Cheron) Adrian, Carl Wayne (Nelia) Adrian, 6 step-grandchildren,and 6 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two spouses, Sarah Beasley Miller and Anna Pearl Adrian Miller.
Memorials may be made in honor of L. Haven Miller to the Cherokee Home for Children, P. O. Box 295, Cherokee, TX 76832, of which he was one of the founders. Online condolences can be offered to the family at www.pbfuneraldirectors.com.
A service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 at Southern Hills church auditorium, with burial following at Elmwood Memorial Park. A visitation is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wed. at Piersall Benton Funeral Home, 733 Butternut St.
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us