Friday, March 21, 2014
March 13 was a sad day for many Town employees and long-time residents of Summerville.
Town Director of Public Works Charlie Miller passed away.
Charles “Charlie” Rowe Miller died on March 13, 2014 at Summerville Medical Center after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 69 years old.
Miller was known for his love of Summerville and its citizens, as seen through his more than 10 years of service as a town employee.
He worked in a variety of departments, including planning, economic development and public works. His most recent role was as director of public works, a position he held for several years.
Throughout his town career, Miller was very involved with working with citizens. Many knew him as a devout Summervillian, where he lived for most of his adult life.
“He loved Summerville and was actively involved in dealing with the issues our citizens bring to our attention every day,” said Mayor Bill Collins. “Even while he was fighting his life-threating illness he told me how sorry he was that he could not take part in the Vision Plan process.”
As the director of public works, Miller was responsible for supervising the streets, stormwater, maintenance, parks and recreation and engineering departments.
Parks and Recreation Manager Doyle Best worked with Miller frequently.
“I’ll never forget the last time I saw Charlie, which was at the Town’s Christmas Tree Lighting. I was able to get him parked right beside the tree so that he had a ‘front row seat’ to see the lights and hear the songs. He looked the best I had seen in quite some time and smiled the whole time he was there – a fitting way to remember him,” Best said.
In his personal life, Miller was also very involved in philanthropic efforts. He was a past Master of Masonic Lodge 234, past Recorder of Omar Shrine Temple in Mount Pleasant and Impresario Ameritas for Royal Order of Jesters, Charleston Court 113.
“He was just a likable fella,” said longtime friend and fellow Shriner George Bailey, Dorchester County councilman. “Charlie was mostly very serious in what he did. He took his position with the Shriners very seriously, he was secretary for many years, and also at his job in Summerville. Just a good man.”
Miller was born March 8, 1945 to parents Cornelia Rowe Miller Rodgers and James Doris Miller. He grew up in Georgetown. Miller was an alumnus of Charleston Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in business, and was also a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife Wendy Altman Miller. The couple had three children: Tabitha Miller Keefer of Summerville, the late Winston Owen Miller and the late Hoyt Monroe Miller. He is also survived by granddaughters Lauren Ashton Keefer and Madison Owen Keefer, sister Marsha Wilson and sister-in-law Vida Miller.
Miller’s funeral was held March 15 and according to Bailey, “hundreds and hundreds came to pay tribute.”
“His contributions to Summerville will long be remembered,” said the mayor.