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May 25, 2023


Brenda Gail Rester Miller

June 3, 1955 - May 23, 2023

Brenda Gail Rester Miller, age 67 and a resident of the Thomas Community, passed away Tuesday morning May 23, 2023 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She worked as a 411 operator at Bellsouth/AT&T for over 20 years before retiring. Brenda accepted Jesus Christ as her savior as a young teenager and lived the rest of her life a devoted Christian woman. She was a charter member of New Beginning Baptist Church that truly loved the Lord and her church family. Brenda was active at her church playing the piano for services, leading the youth group and youth choir, teaching Sunday School and working at vacation bible school each summer. After retiring, Brenda and her husband traveled to different areas of the country with his work, often living there for several months or even years. In each community they settled in, Brenda was quick to find a church where she could fellowship with her new church family. While there, she helped to pay for countless young people she met to attend church camps, also helping with their school supplies and clothes. Each time doing so was a blessing for her to share God’s love. Brenda often wrote special poems on birthday cards for her family and friends and she enjoyed sewing and embroidery. She loved her family above all else and cherished the time they spent together.

Survived by: Husband of 30 years: Jerry Miller; Sister: Debbie Rester; Brother and Sister in law: Charles and Tammy Rester; Brothers in law and Sisters in law: James and Bernice Miller, Melissa and Paul Seal; Special Niece whom she helped to raise: Megan Branch and husband Rev. Keith Branch; Nieces and Nephews: Josh and Krystal Rester, Justin and Caitlyn Rester, Katie and Mark Barber, Samantha and Kyle Magee; Bin Bin’s Babies: Haley, Skyler, Bridget, Mason, Brittany, Jaiden, Brooklyn, Destiny, Hayden, Jy, Mylah, Dalton, Jade, Kinley, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Hayden; Aunt: Clara Kennedy; Also numerous aunts, uncles, other nieces and nephews and her beloved church family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Hubert Rester and Doris Knight Rester, Luke Austin Branch, father in law and mother in law Eli and Daisy Miller and several aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be at Crain Funeral Home Friday May 26th from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm and after 9:00 am on Saturday. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday with Rev. Keith Branch and Rev. Eddie Hartfield officiating. Burial will follow in the New Beginning Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jerry Miller, Skyler Rester, Mason Rester, Allen Berrios, Chris Rowland, Mickey Rowland, Justin Rester, Daniel Holmes

Honorary Pallbearers are Jy Branch, Jade Branch, Dalton Rester

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