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Harold Miller

Graveside services for Harold “Cotton” Miller, age 93 of Mount Vernon, will be at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 at the Old Saltillo Cemetery with Rev. Jack Wallace officiating.

Mr. Miller was born on Aug. 21, 1919 in Saltillo to M.C. and Neva Miller. He was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Miller received the Masonic Lodge Golden Trowel Award in 2012. He  was Installed as an Enter Apprentice Mason Jan. 24, 1953, and a Fellowcraft Mason on July 6, 1953. After traveling and working in five states for a period of almost twenty years, he returned  to Midland, to complete his  Masters work in Masonry on Dec. 5, 1972.
Mr. Miller retired in 1980 after 40 years of service with Gulf Oil. A large portion of that time was spent as supervisor for a large gasoline terminal in Midland. He later moved back to Mount Vernon, where he received a dual membership with the Saltillo Lodge #631 on May 12, 1980.
He is a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner at the Suez Temple in San Angelo. He spent three years as the Flag Carrier of the Foot Patrol in the all state competition’s with the Suez Temple.
Mr. Miller is a Past Master of Acacia Lodge #1414 in Midland and a Past Master of Saltillo Lodge #631. He has served a total of 26 years as various officers of a lodge.  In addition, he served three times as Past Patron of Saltillo Eastern Star.
Mr. Miller served eight years on the Mount Vernon City Council, and four years as Mayor of the City of Mount Vernon, and four years on a City Council in Mississippi.
 He died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Clara Smith Miller.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rosalyn and Fred Bethea of Union Grove, Ala.; a brother, Billy Miller, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge #691 or to the First United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon.