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Wednesday January 27th, 2021

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Dr. Charles Allen Miller

Dr. Charles Allen Miller September 6, 1924 – January 20, 2021 Dr. Charles A. Miller, a long-term native of New Iberia, Louisiana, passed away after a two-week battle with COVID pneumonia at the age of 96. For the past 11 years, Dr. Miller resided in Gainesville, Georgia with his son, Kent G. Miller, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., and his family on his son’s farm. Dr. Miller was born and raised in Chataignier, Louisiana, Evangeline Parish. He graduated from Chataignier High School. He then attended and graduated from USL in Lafayette, Louisiana. When World War II was declared, Dr. Miller entered the Navy. After the War, he enrolled in Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge and obtained his Master’s Degree. Over the next three years, Dr. Miller obtained a double Ph.D. from LSU (a Ph.D. in Agronomy coupled with a Ph.D. in Horticulture). Dr. Miller married Felecie Cutrera and had one son, Kent. While working as a County Agent and a District Agent for LSU Cooperative Extension Service, he worked with both LSU and the USAID and traveled extensively to 26 different foreign countries in need of food production. Dr. Miller was stationed in each country for six to nine months while he determined appropriate crops for the climate and taught locals agricultural skills necessary to survive in their location. In between foreign assignments, Dr. Miller was an influential and renowned figure in the development and expansion of the 4-H Club and the Sugar Cane Industry in southern Louisiana. When his wife, Felecie, became ill, Dr. Miller took her to Gainesville, Georgia, where their son, Kent, is an OB/GYN physician. When Felecie transitioned into a nursing home, Dr. Miller took care of her every day, staying with and caring for her 12 to 16 hours/day, seven days/week, 365 days/year for five and half years. Dr. Miller never missed a single day of taking care of Felecie while she was in the nursing home, despite being in his 80s at the time. Dr. Miller still owns a home and property in New Iberia, Louisiana, and still has family and a myriad of friends there. On September 28, 2018, Dr. Miller was honored for his work with the Sugar Cane Industry and 4-H Clubs by having the Sugar Cane Festival Building in New Iberia, Louisiana dedicated to him. He received this honor as a result of his lifelong dedication to the farmers of the area, the sugar industry, and the development of youth in Louisiana through his devoted work with the 4-H Club Program. Dr. Miller dedicated his service to south Louisiana parishes for over 50 years, helping to change the lives of so many. The dedication of the Sugar Cane Festival Building was one of the greatest honors that Dr. Miller received during his lifetime. Dr. Miller, a devout Catholic, dedicated his life to putting his faith in God and his family first, and he conveyed this philosophy to his son and each of his grandchildren. Dr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife, Felecie. He is survived by his son, Kent G. Miller, M.D.; Kent’s wife, Melissa; his grandchildren, Alexa M. Pisczak, Esq. and her husband, Julian, Kent J. Miller, Esq., Austinn C. Miller, M.D., Amalie C. Miller and her husband, Anthony Carrino, Elliana E. Miller, Kacey T. Buercklin, and Steven P. Buercklin; his niece, Gayle Romero Ferguson; and his nephew, Ronald Cutrera. Dr. Miller will be laid to rest with his wife after a private ceremony at Holy Family Cemetery in New Iberia, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Miller requested that a fund be established for planting several trees in his honor and for offering Catholic masses in his honor. Any donations may be sent to “In Memory of Dr. Charles A. Miller” at P.O. Box 3363, Gainesville, Georgia 30503.

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Charles Miller was a gentleman and a role model to me while growing up in Iberia Parish and participating in the 4 H Club. He was a teacher and mentor I had tremendous respect for him and his values. I hope one day I can meet members of his family. LawsonBabineaux Lafayette, La.

Lawson babineaux Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

Your family has my deepest sympathy.....I met Dr Miller way back in Grammer school ( St Peters College) in 4H...i won many ribbons including Grand Champion for one of my chickens at the Sugar Cane Festival of 1952...Dr Miller would come to our homes to see how our plants and animals were doing...he was always so involved in helping us students....we all will miss him...your family will be in my prayers

John Berard Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Charles Miller

John Berard Jan 26 2021 12:00 AM

What an awesome gentleman. He was one who got us students involved in the 4-H club at St. Joe in Jeanerette, La. He was such a kind and knowledgeable man and touched many lives of myself and fellow students. It's been many years since I've last seen him but when we did, he always remembered me being from Jeanerette. His walk through this life is now complete and begins a new walk in the spiritual world.. May he Rest In Peace. Thanks for being there for us.

Effron & Patsy Savoy Jan 24 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father and my cousin, Allen. I grew up in Chataignier, also, just across the field from our Uncle Aliday Miller.. Allen's father, Uncle Charlie, was the brother of my grandmother Linda Miller Fontenot. I enjoyed the few visits I had with Allen. My last visit with him was several years ago when our cousin Genevieve Miller and I drove over to New Iberia . Nedra Young Kerin, Lafayette, LA

nedra kerin Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Dr Kent and the Miller Family, My.deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family, I.will.always have very fond memories of your Dad, Dr Charles Miller, coming to my childhood home to visit with my.Dad, Frank.Courts. to discuss sugsarcane farming. Remembering Everyone in my thoughts and prayers

Kitty Courts Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Bernice Gautreaux Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Prayers for the family and friends RIP

Wallace Matte Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss

Betty Herbert Thibodeaux Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss sending prayers for yall

Verna Barras Jan 23 2021 12:00 AM