Laura Jane Miller, 88, of Henderson passed away Jan. 11, 2021 at the Henderson Health & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday at Shackelford Funeral Directors – Crook Avenue with Roy Sharp and Milton Sewell. Burial followed in Henderson City Cemetery. The family received friends at Crook Avenue from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday and beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the J.E. Williams Scholarship Fund at F.H.U.
She was born July 17, 1932 in Henderson, the daughter of the late J.E. and Elizabeth Irene Anderson Williams. She grew up in West Tennessee and Alabama. She graduated from Ridgely High School in 1950 in Ridgely and graduated from Freed Hardeman College in 1952 and David Lipscomb College in 1954 and then earned her Master’s in Library Science from George Peabody College in 1955. She began working as a Librarian at Freed Hardeman College in 1955, and during that year, she married Charles Irvin Miller on Aug, 18, 1956. They moved to Memphis in 1956 until 1969 where she worked at the Memphis Public Library from 1956 until 1959.
She was a member of the Henderson Church of Christ.
She was a stay-at-home mom while her children were young. The family moved back to Henderson Jan. 1, 1970, and later that year, she returned to F.H.C. as Librarian Assistant then two years later was Library Director, a role she kept for 28 years, retiring in 1997.
She really enjoyed working with the F.H.U. Associates and was an active fan of the F.H.U. basketball and volleyball programs, as well as the Chester County High School basketball games. She was a U.T. Vols fan. She and her husband enjoyed traveling and made several international trips.
She also loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and supported their various games and events.
She is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Sammy) Beene of Henderson and Cheryl (Michael) Gary of Owens Crossroads, Ala.; five grandchildren, Andrew (Julia) Gary, James Ryan Gary, Rachel (Ben) Riley, Jacob Beene and Lauren (Blake) White; four great-grandchildren, Ava Gary, Jenna Gary, Sara Gary and Brayden White; and two brothers, Joe Williams of Amory, Miss., and Jack Williams of Brownsville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, David Williams; and one sister, Betty Rickard.