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Edo Miller

by Carey C. Giudici

Generations of St. Simons residents have turned to Edo Miller and Son Funeral Home to help them through trying times.

The company's founder, Edo Miller, was born in Bochim, Germany in 1873 and emigrated to America with his older brother Herbert in 1880. They lived in Brunswick with their uncle Constant Miller, who owned the H.M. Miller Furniture Store on Newcastle Street. Their uncle demonstrated the family commitment to community when he was elected County Commission chairman in 1907.

As an adult Edo Miller became a respected citizen himself and married Addie Tankersly in 1902. Seven years later he and his brother purchased the furniture business from their uncle, where they featured handmade wooden caskets.

Having handled a few funerals for friends, in 1909 Miller attended mortuary school in Tennessee, then opened a funeral home at 1626 Newcastle Street in 1912. Later he added a free ambulance service, then in 1951 moved the business to Gloucester Street.

Edo Miller was a lifelong supporter of the community; when he died of a heart attack--on April 26, 1952 at the age of 72--he was sitting in his car in front of the Brunswick Elks Club. Later that year Brunswick's baseball field was named in the memory of this respected business leader and avid baseball fan.

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