The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

August 3, 2013

Carlton A. 'Cotton' Miller


VEEDERSBURG, Ind. — Carlton A. “Cotton” Miller, 82, of Veedersburg, passed away at 8 a.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at St Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette, Ind.

Cotton was born Nov. 2, 1930, in Blytheville, Ark., the son of Wilson A and Ruby Delilah (Fields) Miller.

His first marriage was to Willie Jean Robinson, and she preceded him in death. He later married Virginia Smith Houk Oct. 25, 1968, at Sterling Christian Church in Veedersburg.

Surviving family include his wife, Virginia Miller, Veedersburg; five daughters, Linda (Steve) McLean, Covington, Ind., Debra Kay (Bruce) Swingle, Veedersburg, Carla Miller, Covington, Vanessa (Tim) Priebe, Lafayette and Mindy Ricketts, Veedersburg; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Steve Miller; and a grandson, Ryan Rainey.

Cotton graduated from Memphis South Side High School in 1951 where he played on the high school football team. In 2006, he was inducted into the Memphis South Side High School Hall of Fame. He was active in Golden Glove Boxing during his senior year and the following two years.

He was a member and trustee of the New Century Church near Veedersburg. He was employed for many years as Fountain County Highway Superintendent and had been employed at Fauber (currently Milestone), retiring in 1992.

Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg, with Pastor Joe Dodds officiating. Visitation will begin at noon Monday and continue until the time of service. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Covington.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to New Century Church. Online condolences at:


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