John David Miles

February 22, 2024

John David Miles Obituary

John David Miles, 76, died on February 22, 2024, at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro, Georgia. 

He was born on August 15, 1947, in Savannah, Georgia, to Paul L. Miles, longtime postmaster and civic leader, and Vondelle Kicklighter Miles.  He graduated from Metter High School in 1965 and attended South Georgia College in Douglas before volunteering for service in the U.S. Army.  After completing helicopter training at Fort Wolters, Texas, he qualified as a warrant officer in Army aviation. He later earned a degree from Georgia Southern University. A proud veteran of the Vietnam War, he served as a helicopter pilot in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.  He then joined Angus Newton as a partner in Metter Ford Company and later became proprietor of the dealership. He was especially active in civic affairs, he served as the mayor of Metter and represented Candler County and parts of adjoining counties in the House of Representatives of the Georgia General Assembly.  He also served as state president of the Jaycees of Georgia. In retirement he became an active member of the Register Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and choir member.

He is survived by his sons, John David Miles, Jr. (Heidi) of Metter and Jason Paul Miles of Houston, Texas; one granddaughter, Matalie Miles, and one grandson, David Miles, of Metter; his brother, Paul L. Miles, Jr., of Princeton, New Jersey, and sister, Jan Miles Dempsey, of Auburn, Alabama; two nephews, Miles Dempsey and Lee Dempsey (Jennifer) of Auburn; one niece, Lydia Dempsey Wardell of Tampa, Florida; former wives, Nancy Newton Collins and Deidra Lanier, of Statesboro; a loving companion, Joan Woods of Sarasota, Florida; and an “adopted daughter,” Carla Carroll of Atlanta, Georgia.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 o'clock in the afternoon on March 9, 2024, at First Baptist Church in Metter, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like for donations to be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice of Statesboro, Ga at 200 Donehoo St. Statesboro, Ga 30458, or to a charity of your choice in his honor.

Kennedy Funeral Homes, Hooks Chapel, of Metter is in charge of the arrangements.

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