Funeral services for Earnest E. Miles II will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2586 Martin Luther King Ave., Grambling.
He was born on April 8, 1959, to Earnest and Clara Miles in Winnfield. Earnie, as he was affectionately called, sang in the church choir. He was the second of four children. His baby brother, John, and his oldest sister, Wanda, preceded him in death.
Earnie graduated from Grambling High School with honors and was active in various clubs and organizations. He continued his education by entering the field of nursing.
Earnie was a passionate nurse. He loved his patients, and they returned the love. He practiced in the intensive care unit and various other departments at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston for 23 years.
Earnie became the first African American deputy coroner in Louisiana. He touched the lives of so many with dedication and caring.
Earnie Miles II married the love of his life, Donna Sheri Crockett Miles, on Aug. 22, 1987. They were married for over 22 years. To this union, one son, Earnest Miles III, and one daughter, Kimberley Sheri Miles, were born.
For the past ten years, Earnie went through the storm battling Crohn’s disease. He learned how to lean and depend on Jesus.
Earnie rarely slept at night and had daily devotions singing, praying, and reading the Bible. Before he departed this life, he encouraged so many to turn to God and trust God totally. Earnie completed his life’s journey on Friday, Nov. 13.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife of 22 years, Donna Sheri Crockett Miles; one son, Earnest Miles, III; one daughter, Kimberley Sheri Miles; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest Miles Sr.; sister, Rita Miles Billups; grandmother, Juanita Kochinsky; mother-in-law, Mildred F. Crockett; sisters-in-law, Detra Griffin, Donna Lisa Crockett, LaDevashae Crockett; brothers-in-law, Rodney Billups and Johnie Crockett Jr; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.