Kenneth Miles of Scranton, SC passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 after a brief illness. He was the son of the late Cleveland Miles and Linnie Poston Miles, born on August 17, 1929 in Lake City, SC. While attending school, he worked on his family farm alongside his father until he joined the United States Army. During his service from 1948-1952, he achieved the rank of Sergeant and was stationed in Panama. Upon returning home, he married Joyce A. Miles December 7, 1952. They remained married for 64 years until her death in 2018.
He was a certified pipe fitter for Daniel’s Construction Company where he traveled to Charleston daily for approximately 20 years. His dream was realized when he successfully opened and operated his personal business, Kenneth Miles Welding Shop, until retirement. He was also a skilled carpenter, who, with his wife by his side built their home from a picture he had drawn on a scrap of paper. He gathered daily with coffee drinkers at Hardees and Little Fisher to discuss the news of the day and solve all political dilemmas. He looked forward to these lively gatherings until his recent decline. He spent most of his retirement days fishing the Lynches River after putting his boat in at Cockfield Landing, Yarborough Landing, or Courtney Point. Before his illness he attended Saint John Free Will Baptist Church where he was a member.
He is survived by a son, Kenny (Cindy Kelley) Miles of Lexington; a daughter, Kathy (John Wright) Floyd of Lake City; grandchildren, Tara Jane (Christopher) Snead, Spencer (Allison Love) Floyd, Ann Miles, Aleshia (Travis) Roberts; great-grandchildren, Delaney and Darby Snead, Lily Kate, Lane, and Baker Floyd, Holtin Roberts and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was the last remaining of ten children; predeceased by his parents; siblings, Pearl Hatchell, Doris Duke, James Miles, Colonel Lee Miles, Laverne Miles, JW Miles, Carlton Miles, Julie Shokes, and Will Rogers “Buddy” Miles; and wife, Joyce A. Miles.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to McLeod Home Health, Amedisys Hospice Services, Vanessa Lowder, Adair Calcutt, and Audrey Gamble for their support, service, and kindness extended to Mr. Miles and family in the recent months and weeks of his illness.
Graveside service, with military honors, will be Saturday, March, 7, 2020 at 11:00am at the Lake City Memorial Park. Visitation immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Turbeville Children’s Home, PO Box 229, Turbeville, SC 29162.
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