I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. II Timothy 4:7-8
Mother Carrie Lou Miller, affectionately known as “Ma Carrie” was born on November 6, 1921 to the late William and Ivra JohnsonAbles. She was the ninth of seventeen children.
On Saturday, November 23, after an extended illness, the Lord extended his hand and peacefully escorted Ma Carrie from her earthly existence to her heavenly home .
At an early age she joined the Chalk Hill Baptist Church and accepted the Lord as her personal Savior. She received her education in the Aiken County Schools. In her life travels, she worked as a domestic worker and caregiver for many children. Through her life’s journey she touched many lives from all over the Midlands and the CSRA.
Ma Carrie loved the Lord, she loved her family and loved being a faithful member of The Chalk Hill Baptist Church. She was the Mother of the Church, and served on the Women's Auxiliary, the Deaconess Board and the senior Chior. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Electra Chapter 625.
For many years, she shared a Love and admiration for her family and her community. Until her health began to fail, Ma Carrie was blessed to share a home with her younger sister Alberta “PeeWee” Ables. Together the Lord bonded their hearts with a great Love to be caregivers for many children from their family and community.
She was married to the Late Mr. Leroy Middleton and the Late Mr. Oliver Miller. They both preceded her in death. She was blessed with three children, one who proceeded her in death a son John Henry “Skeet” Middleton.
Those left to cherish her memories: A daughter, Carrie M. Smith of the home and a son Claude (Bernice) Ables, Wagener, SC. She was blessed to have cared for a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews that she reared in the home. She had 14 grandchildren,42 Great grands, 36 great-great grands and one great-great-great granddaughter. A loving sister Alberta Ables, Wagener, SC and caring brother Arthur (Nona) Ables, Miami, FL. One sister in law Avernell Ables, Columbus, MS. One goddaughter Raina (Terrence) Brown Wagener, SC, and godson Chanteious Davis, Orangeburg, SC. An adopted son and daughter Pastor Ronnie & First Lady Deborah Tyler. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends who loved her dearly.
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