2018-06-13 / Obituaries

Jack Miles


Jack Miles went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the age of 90. He was born Aug. 13, 1927, in Kingsbury, Texas, to Louis and Zora Gray Miles.

He was married to Erma Ritchie on Oct. 12, 1947, in Washington, D.C. Jack served his country as a member of the Merchant Marines and later as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University) with a bachelor’s degree in education for all levels of school and administration. He later returned to complete his master’s degree in education. Jack taught many grades of students in Robstown and Smiley, and was a teacher and the principal in Gillett. Upon moving to Gonzales in 1967, he began teaching at the Texas Elks Crippled Children’s facility in Ottine, and later he taught homebound students in the Gonzales Independent School District. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he touched many youth’s lives by managing the Gonzales Teen Center. Jack retired after 30 years of teaching. He was also a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Smiley.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Erma Miles; two sons, the Rev. Marvin (Vicki) Miles of Smiley and Larry (Brenda) Miles of Bebe; four grandchildren, Melanie Svoboda and Tina (John) Lyles, all of Bebe, Kristi (Jared) Everhart of Kyle, and Jack Aaron Miles of Pleasanton; five great-grandchildren, Zachary (Ashley) Miles of Nixon, and Miles Svoboda, Natalie and Megan Tenberg, and Kailyn Lyles, all of Bebe; and two great-great-grandchildren, Laramie Birdwell and Madyson Miles, both of Nixon.

Visitation was held Thursday, June 7, from 5-7 p.m. in the Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon.

A celebration of Jack’s life was held Friday at 10 a.m. in the funeral chapel, officiated by the Rev. Marvin Miles.

Interment followed in the Bundick Cemetery in Smiley.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 100, Smiley, TX 78159.

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