Hortense Oneeda (Jones) Miles

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Hortense Oneeda (Jones) Miles,  71, of Miles Rd., Powhatan, Va., passed peacefully at her residence on Saturday, February 10, 2001. Born January 15, 1930 in Cumberland Co., Va., she was the only child born of the marriage of Nathan (a carpenter) and Ethel W. (Turpin) Jones (a school teacher), both preceding her in death. Upon the death of her mother, when Mrs. Miles was five years old, she was raised in Cumberland Co., first by her maternal grandparents, Walter and Julia (Agee) Turpin, and later by her aunt and uncle, Mary (Taylor) and Saintie J. Jones, who also predeceased Mrs. Miles. She was also preceded in death by her aunt, Sadie Robinson; her father and mother-in-law, William A. and Mary Page (Townsend) Miles; brothers-in-law, Otis V. Jones Sr., William H. Miles and Edgar Morris; sister-in-law, Lena Estelle (Miles) Morris; nephew, Arthur L. Morris; and her niece, Eve Miles Powell; her cousins, Grace Cochran Wilkerson, Ruby Eggleston and Marvin Jones.

        Mrs. Miles was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church, Cumberland Co., joining at an early age. She retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections, but spent the early years of her life as an advocate for people in need of housing and jobs. She encouraged many young, gifted minds to continue their higher education and found great satisfaction from their many sucesses. She fought for social justice, desegregation and voting rights. Despite blindness and other physical challengers, Mrs. Miles organized the Democratic Party in Powhatan Co. before the 2000 presidential election, in an effort to win the White House. She was a former member of the Eastern Star and a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, believing in love, compassion, dignity and respect for all human beings.

        She is survived by her husband, Floyd A. Miles; sons, Reginald A. of Richmond, Floyd N. and Lynwood C. Miles and his wife, Alice Irene, all of Powhatan; daughters, Joyce E. Miles, Linda M. Ballard, Doretha M. Harris, and Angela M. King and her husband, Bradford, all of Richmond, Va., E. Marlene Hunt and her husband, Dwayne of Memphis, Tenn., Vita M. Nash and her husband, James, and Julie O. Miles, all of Powhatan; six grandsons, an adopted grandson, 13 granddaughters, seven great-grandsons, four great-granddaughters; and her "adopted" children who called her "mama" and "grandma"; brothers-in-law, Ernest Miles, Wilson and his wife, Bessie (Mack) Miles, Linwood and his wife, Catherine (Sims) Miles, and Andrew Miles, sister-in-law, Mary E. (Miles) Jones; a host of loving nieces and nephews, including but not limited to, Carrie Morris Smith of Richmond, Ruth Morris Bell and Dorothy Miles Sims, both of Powhatan; a host of great and great-great-nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved and spoke so proudly of. Also surviving are a host of devoted cousins, including two sister-like cousins with whom she was raised, Cleo Jones Hepburn and her husband, Lawson, and Laura Pressey and her daughter, Yvonne, all of Montclair, NJ.; cousins, Rozena Jones of Richmond, Frances Anderson of Goochland, Va. and Clyde Mayo and his wife, Hazel of Philadelphia, Pa. Mrs. Miles is also survived by many devoted friends, including but not limited to Mrs. Lucille Jones of Cumberland, Emma Sims Lewis of Amelia, Va., Gloria Perkins and William M. Crump, both of Richmond, Marianna Hobson of Maryland, and Robert and Carol Drew of Powhatan.

        Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Powhatan, Va., Rev. James Robinson, pastor, officiating, eulogy by Rev. Linwood Russell. Interment church cemetery.

To everything there is a season, and a
time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to pluck up that
which is planted.
A time to weep and a time to laugh
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to get, and a time to lose
A time to keep and a time to cast away.
A time to keep silent and a time to
He hath made everything beautiful
in His time.

Ecclesiastes 3

Thanks & Acknowledgments

The family thanks all members of the Clergy who have prayed for and admnistered to the family in this time of sorrow; Rev. James Robinson, Rev. Linwood Russell, Rev. Floyd Miles, Rev. Robert Perkins, Rev. McLaughlin, and Pastor Dwayne Hunt.

We also thank all the friends, neighbors, and relatives for their many acts of kindness, sympathy and concern. the thoughtfulness of so many has demonstrated that our wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Hortense Jones Miles, may have impacted your heart, also. These acts have helped us through the past few days, and will be remembered during the difficult days ahead.

If you are so inclined, please consider a contribution to the American Diabetes Association, in memory of Hortense Miles.
American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 96911, Washington, D.C. 20090-6911.

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