Born in Macon County, he was the son of the late Jesse L. Miller and Minnie Ethel Carpenter. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Miller, and a sister, Lexie Miller. Everette retired as a staff sergeant from the U.S. Army after 24 years and served during Operation Desert Storm. He retired from Fruit of the Loom after 47 years as a lead wastewater operator; he volunteered with the Macon County Election Board; was a former member of Scaly Mountain Fire Department board of directors; was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion and member of Scaly Mountain Church of God for over 50 years, where he served as church clerk for over 30 years. Everette enjoyed farming and gardening.
He is survived by: his wife of 53 years, Emma McConnell; four children, Martha Jane York and husband Greg of Long Creek, S.C., Karen Lynn Kilby and husband Gary of Tiger, Everette Ray Miller and wife Angela of Scaly Mountain and Brian Willard Miller of Scaly Mountain; a brother and two sisters, Richard Miller, Ruby Vinson and Elizabeth McConnell, all of Scaly Mountain; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Scaly Mountain Church of God with the Revs. Al Sizemore and Conner Lambert officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Macon Funeral Home and will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. today prior to the service at the church.
Memorial donations can be made to Scaly Mountain Church of God, P.O. Box 100, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775.
Macon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.maconfuneralhome.com.