WOONSOCKET — The Rev. William Rae (“Pastor Bill”) Miller, 79, of Woonsocket, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Basham Funeral Chapel in Woonsocket.
William Rae Miller was born Sept. 6, 1933, to Mary O. and Harvey H. Miller in Beaver, W.V. He graduated from Shady Springs High School in Beaver in 1951. He attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell where he earned a bachelor of arts degree.
He married Shirley Ann Cox in 1954. He accepted a church assignment in Presho, and later moved to Hydes, Md., where he was a pastor and attended Wesley Theological Seminary at American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a masters degree in theology. They returned to South Dakota to serve in Howard and Belle Fourche, where he built a new church.
They also served in Arlington Heights, Ill., where he planted a new United Methodist Church. In 1970, after 18 years of ministry, he began a career in human resources. They moved to Greenville, S.C., where he worked for the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce for more than 10 years. Throughout his entire time with the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, he often served as a guest pastor in local communities around Greenville.
In 2002, he felt the call to return to active ministry and served as pastor for United Methodist and Bethany Lutheran of Woonsocket and Forestberg Lutheran church. He retired from active ministry in 2008 and settled in Woonsocket.
He is survived by a special friend, Mandy Schulz of Woonsocket; a brother, Thomas Miller of Beaver, W.V.; three children, Eric Miller of Incline Village, Nev., Anita Miller (Fulghum) Blackwell of Traveler’s Rest, S.C., and DeAnne Miller Grove of Chesapeake, Va.; and seven grandchildren.For the complete article see the 03-21-2013 issue.
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