Caro­line Dar­ling­ton Eddy Miller

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

CHAR­LOTTE - Caro­line Dar­ling­ton Eddy Miller died peace­fully on June 2, 2019. She was born Oc­to­ber 31, 1924 in Char­lotte, NC to mother, Jessie Davis Dar­ling­ton, and fa­ther, Henry Wal­ter Eddy She had one brother, Henry Wal­ter Eddy, Jr. who pre- de­ceased her. Caro­line’s fa­ther died when she was very young, and it was her step­fa­ther, Frank Bayliss Cray­ton, a mu­sic and band teacher, who con­vinced Caro­line to change ju­nior high schools to play flute for the band that he was di­rect­ing. It was at band prac­tice at Alexan­der Graham Ju­nior High School that Caro­line first met a young trum­peter, Robert Evans Miller, son of Dr. and Mrs. Os­car Lee Miller. They were to be­come life-long sweet­hearts, mar­ry­ing in Septem­ber of 1943.

Af­ter at­tend­ing Cen­tral High School in Char­lotte, and a short de­tour to Con­verse Col­lege, Caro­line eloped with Bobby in 1943, send­ing back to their par­ents a prophetic tele­gram that read “What God hath joined, let no man put asun­der...” To that union eight chil­dren were born, five of whom sur­vive: Lee Miller Atkin­son of Greensboro, NC (John Atkin­son), Robert Evans Miller, Jr. of Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia. (He­lene Dubreuil), Lau­ren Miller Dover of Char­lotte, NC ( Allen Dover), Les­lie Miller Webb of Char­lotte, NC (Michael Jor­dan) and Pa­trick Cal­houn Miller of Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia. Also sur­viv­ing her are nine grand­chil­dren and four great- grand­chil­dren. Caro­line, with Bobby and their brood called the big white house at 825 Ard­s­ley Road home where they wel­comed count­less friends, neigh­bors, strangers, and many, well-loved cats.

Above the kitchen door was hung the plac­ard: “Many Grate­ful souls Were Re­stored Here In The Miller’s Kitchen”. Caro­line lived her be­liefs; and she be­lieved that you have to do more than just open your front door.

Caro­line loved her f lute and con­tin­ued to play as an adult in the Char­lotte Opera As­so­ci­a­tion, but more im­por­tantly she shared her love of mu­sic with all her chil­dren. She was both a devoted fan of ten­nis, and an avid player. In the early weeks of July, dis­turb­ing her while Wim­ble­don was on TV was a pun­ish­able of­fense. She be­lieved in shar­ing what she had and worked for years serv­ing the home­less on Tues­day’s at St Peter’s in down­town Char­lotte, where she tended a never- end­ing pot of soup. She be­lieved that right was right, and wrong was wrong and that Christ is a verb; she never hes­i­tated to wel­come the poor and ex­cluded into her sphere of hos­pi­tal­ity. She and Bobby were very ac­tive in the Char­lotte NAACP, the Lutheran Hu­man Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion, and many other po­lit­i­cal causes - Lib­eral Democrats to the core.

Caro­line was a won­der­ful and lov­ing mother to seven chil­dren. She did a graceful bal­anc­ing act be­tween her po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism and meet­ing the needs of her fam­ily. She taught us all (friends included) to live life boldly, to be hum­ble, car­ing, to fight for what is right, and to be kind to all, al­ways grate­ful for God’s gifts. Ser­vices will be pri­vate. Memo­ri­als can be made to the Ur­ban Min­istry Cen­ter, PO Box 31335, Char­lotte, NC 28231 or to Cri­sis As­sis­tance Min­istry, 500-A Spratt St, Char­lotte, NC 28206.

Arrangemen­ts are in the care of Kenneth Poe Fu­neral & Cre­ma­tion Ser­vice, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Char­lotte, NC 28204; (704) 6417606. On­line con­do­lences can be shared at www. kenneth poe ser­vices. com.

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