MILES, John Bill, age 85, of Cincinnati, OH, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 after a long illness.
Born in Knox County, Kentucky on September 18, 1931, John was the son of John Ishmael and Allie Arizona (Engle) Miles. He moved to Cincinnati in 1955. Soon after, John began attending the Ninth Street Baptist Church, and there met his future wife, Pat. John and Pat were married on May 25, 1963.
John attended and earned a BS, Commerce degree from Salmon P. Chase College; BS, Accounting degree from the University of Cincinnati; and MBA from Lincoln Graduate School of Management. He continued his education well into his retirement, regularly attending classes at UC’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
John served as past treasurer of the Ninth Street Baptist Church, Price Hill Baptist Church, and Miami Baptist Association. He was active for many years in the UC Alumni Association, serving on the Executive Board of the College of Evening and Continuing Education. John was also a member and past Treasurer of the Cheviot Republican Club. John was a Kentucky Colonel.
A licensed CPA, John retired from Fabritec International Corp. in 1998, and remained active in retirement, traveling and serving as a volunteer for numerous organizations, including the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. John enjoyed reading, walking the streets of Cheviot and Bridgetown, talking about politics, and telling stories.
John served in the Kentucky and Ohio National Guards from 1948 to 1959, reaching the rank of Sergeant. He also served in the Ohio Military Reserve from 1986 to 1999, reaching the rank of Lt. Colonel. Promoted to the rank of Brevet Colonel upon his retirement, John continued to serve as an advisor with the Ohio Military Reserve from 1999 to 2009.
John is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, Mary Patricia (Wilson) Miles; daughters Melanie Miles and Jennifer (Jeff) McKee; son Dennis Michael (Trinity) Miles; grandchildren Hayley & Cacey Miles and Conner, Harrison & Hannah McKee; and great grandchild Abel Weed. He is also survived by sisters Jewell Ball, Fran Helton, Lola Oliver, Nan Miles, Cleta (Gary) Duncan and Carol (Thomas) Frelin, brother Charles Miles, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents, as well as sister Joyce Smith, and brothers Thomas & Stephen Miles.
A visitation will be held on Friday September 8, 2017 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, 8580 Cheviot Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45251. Additional visitation at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service at 10:00 a.m. will be held Saturday September 9, 2017 at Friendship Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263-3597, www.hospiceofcincinnati.org/donate, or Friends of Kirkwood, www.campkirkwood.net/friends-of-kirkwood.
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