Abram Pratt Miller

Published 12:02 pm Thursday, October 28, 2010

BATON ROUGE— Abram Pratt “Abe” Miller, 79, died peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, surrounded by his family after a long struggle with colon cancer.

Abe was a retired wood and lumber broker and grew up in Webster Parish in the small sawmill community of Couchwood, where his family owned and ran the local mill.

Abe attended and graduated from St. John’s High School in Shreveport. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and then transferred to the U.S. Army and was a second lieutenant. After the service, he attended and graduated from his beloved LSU with a degree in business administration. While attending LSU, he joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and continued to be involved with them throughout his life. He was a loyal LSU football fan for more than 50 years. He prided himself on never leaving a game early, no matter the score.

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His career took him to brief stays in New Orleans and Jackson, Miss., but he lived the majority of his adult life in Baton Rouge and, later, in Lafayette.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Latt and Ysleta Looney Miller of Shreveport; and his brother, Paul Looney Miller of Lafayette.

He is survived by his three daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and David Nowacki of Dallas, Texas, Andrea and Pat Van Burkleo of Baton Rouge and Marian and Jeff Richardson of Vicksburg; and his six grandchildren, Sarah and Beth Nowacki, Patrick and Amy Van Burkleo and Baxter and Jack Richardson. He also leaves behind numerous friends and family.

Anyone who knew Abe also knew that his favorite description of loved ones was “precious.” And he was certainly precious to all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Dr. J. Burke Brooks and St. Joseph’s Hospice/The Carpenter House for their help and comfort during this time.

Visitation will be held tonight, Oct. 28, from 5 until 7 at Pope Hall at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations to be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.