June 14, 2019
Essie A. Miles, 59, passed away on June 14, 2019. Services will be Friday, June 21, 2019 with visitation beginning at 11 am and funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. at New Zion Baptist Church, 1501 Louis Coleman Jr. Drive.
Essie Annie Chandler Miles was born in Louisville, KY,on January 24,1960 as the third of six children born to the late Fred and Irene Chandler. Essie received Christ at an early age. As a child Essie overcame several respiratory illnesses. So much so that the during Christmas the family could not have a real tree, in fear that she might become ill. Even through this, she did not let illness stop her from having a normal childhood.
Essie was a retired Food Service Manager at JADDAC and St. Williams adult day where her mother attended. Essie also helped her brother Fred start FATJ’S fish and BBQ as a cook and was willing to work long hours in the concession trailer without receiving much pay for her hard work. She was always willing to do more than her part in working in the kitchen for family events and outings. Essie did not need Facebook to remind her on the day of your birthday. She always remembered and you can count on getting a call from her telling you that she has a little something for you, when you get by her house.
Even as her health started to fail over the years, she did not let her physical immobility stop her from pursuing and earning her Associates Degree. Whereas most would let their handicap stop them, our dear Essie pressed on!
She will surely be missed and her memory will be cherished forever by her devoted husband of more than 29 years, Donald Miles; her children, Shalonda Smith (Charles Jr.).Raymond Freeman Jr. (Starr) Courtney Freeman (Jerri) and Kim Ceesay (Madi) of Louisville her siblings, Rosa Hagan (Herbert) of Louisville, Reverend Fred Chandler, Jr.(Anjanette), and Jacqueline Neal (David) of Greensboro, NC; an aunt, Annabelle Ivory of Louisville; and uncle J.P. Hopson of Hopkinsville, KY; and 19 grandchildren. She also leave behind a host of nieces nephews and friends that will also remember her.
Family and friends, if there is a word that could describe our loving sister, mother and grandmother and friend, that word would be “Generous” and we will close by saying, the world would be a better place if it had more “Essies”
Thank you all so much for the expressions of love through your cards calls, post and especially your prayers. Please continue to pray for the family.
God bless you, The Family.