Albert Eugene Miley
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Albert Eugene Miley
  • December 1, 1940 - January 24, 2018
  • Mississippi

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Albert Eugene "Al" Miley, 77, passed from this life Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at Merit Health River Oaks in Flowood.

Visitation will be 4:00-7:00pm, Thursday, January 25, 2018, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services are 2:00pm, Friday, January 26, 2018, in the funeral home chapel with interment in Crestview Memorial Gardens, Brandon. Rev. T.J. Bates will officiate.

Al was born December 1, 1940, in Morton, Mississippi, a son of the late Robert Eugene Miley and Ruby Etoyle Gray Miley.

A dedicated member of the Baptist faith, Al attended church regularly until his failing health prevented him from doing so.

A decorated veteran of our armed forces, Al served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1962, and the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1980. His honors include the Army Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Bars, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and Good Conduct Medal. A talented marksman, Al achieved Expert rank for the M-16 rifle and .45 caliber pistol.

Never one to sit still, following his retirement from the military Al explored several career avenues. He worked for UMMC in printing, with Amerisource Bergen in delivery, and got his CDL license and became a truck driver.

In addition to his interest in guns and shooting, Al also amassed an extensive coin collection. Al was passionate about cooking, and some of his happiest times were spent creating his famous German cheesecake for family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Smith Miley; son, Steven T. Miley (Chris); daughter Lisa C. Markel; step-children, Stephanie Anthony (Mike), and Jeannie Scoles (Scott); sisters, Elizabeth Miley Burgess, and Sherri Miley Wilkerson; grandchildren, Jenna Markel, Joshua Miley, Heather Love (Matthew), Christopher Scoles, Justin Anthony, Samantha Scoles, and Jessica Scoles; great-grandchildren, Kylee and Kaden Love; and many other relatives and friends. Al is also survived by his beloved "fur babies", Gracie, Snowbell, Coco, and MIA.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org, or to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org.