|Reverend James C. Miles was born to the union of Mr. Sam Miles and Mrs. Rozelia Wright Miles, one of seven sons and four daughters. He departed this life on Tuesday, January 3, 1984, at Baton Rouge General Hospital.
Early in his life he accepted Christ and was baptized on August 2, 1932, by the late Reverend Ezekiel Spears and united with the membership of Little Rock Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He became affiliated with the St. Mark Methodist Church on April 2, 1946 under the late Rev. J. D. McCrory, where he served faithfully until he was called by our Lord and Savior to a larger ministry, that of Local Preacher. He was licensed to preach on September 26, 1956. Reverend Miles then continued to pursue this broader area of service and received his Deacon’s Orders, certified by Bishop Noah W. Moore on May 26, 1982.
At the close of the Louisiana Annual Conference in June 1962, he was appointed pastor of St. Landry and Springfield Methodist Churches located in the New 0rleans-Slidell District of Conference-B.
He fulfilled his obligations with sincerity, honesty, good judgment, and an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ, making an excellent contribution to the Methodist Church for eighteen years. In June 1980 he retired, and in June 1983 he was appointed associate pastor of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. “Service unlimited” was his motto.
As the Associate Pastor of St. Mark, Reverend Miles served as Director of Home Care Ministries, where he will be sadly missed for his work with the sick and shut-in members of the congregation. For a moment we were lifted up by his prayers, his visits and his counsel. However, if Jesus was a carpenter, James Miles is “good company.” For, of all the good that he did to help people spiritually, he will be remembered, perhaps, most for the unselfish way that he used the skills of his hands to help people who were in trouble. At the very moment death found him, he was busy with his hands fixing a broken water line for a neighbor! And, knowing “JIM” as I did, he probably wasn’t going to ask for, or accept payment for his work!
He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Seals Miles; three daughters, Louella M. Burton, Mrs. Tracy M. Young, and Mrs. Rosa M. Magee, all of Baton Rouge, one son, James C. Miles, Jr., Baton Rouge; three sisters: Mrs. Bertha M. Coleman and Mrs. Virginia M. Diggs, both of Baton Rouge and Mrs. Pearl M. Dunn of Chicago, Illinois; three brothers, Albert Emile, and Dudley Miles, all of Baton Rouge; eight grandchildren, two sons-in-law, four brothers-in-law, one daughter-in-law, four sisters-in-law, a number of nieces, nephews other relatives, and a host of friends.
He was a retired employee of the Exxon Corporation, a Mason, Prince Hall Affiliation with membership in Blazing Star Lodge #114, Baton Rouge Consistory #179, O.E.S., Pride of Blazing Star #13, and Exxon Center City Annuity Club.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1984; p. 196 By Kenneth M. Fisher|