Earl Warren Miller
[December 10, 1919 – January 26, 2007]
Earl Warren Miller, age 87, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2007. He resided in Richfield, Minnesota with his wife Jeanette at the time of his passing. He was born on December 10, 1919 to Joseph Miller and Clarissa Lewis in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He married Jeanette Johnigan on August 10, 1946.
Mr. Miller was a graduate of North High School. He attended Alabama State University where he ran on the track team. He served as a staff sergeant during WWII in North Africa and Italy. He was a highly esteemed Alumni member, former Board of Directors member, and treasured friend at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center. Beyond Phyllis Wheatley, he was an outstanding leader in the workplace. He had a 33-year career in the Minneapolis Postal Service. During that time he was instrumental in arranging for the parking ramp for the postal employees at the main post office in downtown Minneapolis, thus improving employee working conditions. He became the first black president of the Minneapolis Area American Postal Workers Union (APWU) – a position he held for six years – and prior to that was vice president of the Local 125 of the United Federation of Postal Clerks. In addition, he served on the board of the AFL-CIO. He was known for his high moral and ethical standards.
Earl Miller is survived by his wife Jeanette of 60 years, and his children Gail L. Fullington, Marsha Miller-Taylor (Robert Taylor), Tracy M. Miller-Parsons, and Byron E. Miller; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters Mildred M. Lacy and Evelyn T. Martin, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Phyllis Wheatley Community Center wrote the following to the family of Earl Miller:
We share in your sorrow on the loss of Earl Miller and would like to pay a richly deserved tribute to the memory of a highly esteemed former Board of Directors member, Senior Alumni member and treasured friend of the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center. It is difficult to find words to express our deep regret at the loss of Earl Miller. His longstanding connection to our center has helped to shape our organization in its quest to provide quality programs and services in the areas of child and youth development and family support. Much has been accomplished with his help to enrich the lives of children and families. We are pleased today to offer progams that are preparing children for success in school, and that help adults better manage their lives and relationships and provide a stable enviroment for families. We know that this is only possible with the help of friends such as Earl Miller.
Beyond Phyllis Wheatley, Earl Miller was an outstanding leader in the work place. The fact that he was the first black president of the Minneapolis Area American Postal Workers Union (APWU) is something to be very proud of. It is impressive that for 13 years (1965-1978) he held key leadership positions of first vice president of the Local 125 of the United Federation of Postal Clerks and then president of the APWU, and was also an instrumental figure in the AFL-CIO. His openness, good judgement and commitment to what is right no doubt propelled him to serve at these levels. He had a unique ability to not only lead but also participate for a full life experience.
We know that many were deeply touched by his life and share in this tremendous loss. While we no longer will be blessed to have Earl Miller in body, he left behind a legacy in the important lessons he taught us, and his spirit will always be felt at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center.