Edgar Miller (Photos: Tyrone P. Easley)

Scores of photos and Edgar-Miller stories featured on social media speak to the fact that the chief of operations at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral home had become a “member” of hundreds and hundreds of families by virtue of his service.

Miller died this week. He was 68.

“He worked all day Tuesday with us, just like any other work day,” said Lee Slater of N.J. Ford & Sons’ Lee Slater, who posted several stories, photos and asked for “prayers and condolences for myself, the Miller family, and the entire N.J. Ford & Sons staff…”

Miller’s death was an unexpected stunner.

“Sometime in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Edgar was found deceased at his home from natural causes,” said Slater. “He is the reason I came into the funeral care business 18 years ago and counting. May God comfort us all during this difficult time.”

Edgar Miller, chief of operations at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, died earlier this week at his home. He is shown here outside The Corner Club on May 4, 2020. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley)

A native Memphian, Miller was born Nov. 17, 1951. He grew up in the Hollywood community. A die-hard Manassas High School “Tiger” alumnus, He entered the funeral business under the tutelage of the funeral home’s namesake, N.J. Ford, the “Old Man” as he was called.

Ford taught Miller all about management and operations at the 12 S. Parkway West location. Over the years, he took on added responsibilities and had worked there for 40-plus years the elder Ford died.

“…You were a Streeter, too…,” Dr. Karen Streeter posted on Facebook, adding several photos of Miller with Streeter family members. “We will always thank you for being there in our times of need, like during the homegoing of our Mother…you will be very much missed …Rest in peace, our dear friend.”

Eumecca Cohens-Long posted a photo and wrote this Facebook reflection:

“I am numb and heartbroken at the death of one of my favorite people! Edgar Miller was family to us – came by in search of Sunday dinner, gave our family support any time there was a death…you have served so many…rest brother…we will always love you.”

A long-time member of Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Miller leaves a daughter, Andrea Thomas of Chicago; a godson, Krish Taylor; and a goddaughter, Sandra Price.

Celebration of life services for Miller begin with public viewings: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday (July 5) and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (July 6) at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 12 S. Parkway W., with a third on Monday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Serenity Columbarium & Memorial Garden, 1638 Sycamore View Rd.

The homegoing service is set for noon Tuesday (July 7) at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, 480 S. Parkway E.