The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


May 30, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, May 30, 2013



Ian Gilbert Miller

Surrounded by his loving family, Ian Gilbert Miller, 56, of Oak Hill, died May 27, 2013, at his home.

Born May 3, 1957, in Frankfurt, Germany, he was the son of Robert Lyle Miller Sr. of Greenville, Tenn., and the late Ethyle Hope Hatcher Huffman. His grandparents, James Albert and Viola Bertha Hatcher, and a granddaughter, Kayleigh Mae Miller, also preceded him in death.

He was a disabled self-employed carpenter. He was well-known within the community for his woodworking craftsmanship.

Gilbert was a member of the Gentry Missionary Baptist Church at Sanger. He loved reading the Bible and discussing it with everyone.

Surviving, in addition to his father: his wife of 31 years, Norma Jean Palmer Miller; daughter, Nicol Shepherd of Oak Hill; sons, Joshua Miller and Nicholas Miller and wife Brittany, all of Oak Hill; granddaughters, Hannah Carte, Isabelle Maggard, Meeka Miller and Dezirae Miller, all of Oak Hill; grandson, Kane Carte of Oak Hill; brothers, Robert Lyle Miller Jr. and wife Lisa of Livonia, N.Y., James Kevin Miller of Greenville, Tenn., Michael Miller of Lantana, Fla.,  and Richard Miller of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Lisa Smith and husband Don of Clifton Springs, N.Y., Michelle Dyer and husband Mike of Dobson, N.C., and Rena Russell of California; special mother and father-in-law, Danny and Jerri Palmer of Oak Hill; and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were May 29 at Gentry Missionary Baptist Church in Sanger, with Pastor Bill Drennen officiating. In keeping with his wishes, he was cremated following the service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.


Maitland T. ‘Chink’ Prater

Maitland T. “Chink” Prater, 97, of Orrville, Ohio, died May 21, 2013, at his home following a period of declining health.

Born Jan. 29, 1916, in Sun, he was the son of the late Sam and Minnie (Carter) Prater. He also was preceded in death by a brother, George Prater.

He was a graduate of Fayetteville High School.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1946 in the Asiatic- Pacific Theater, and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

Following his military service, he was united in marriage to Irene E. Holliday, on Aug. 3, 1946, in Fayetteville.

Maitland had been a self-employed barber in West Virginia for 35 years, prior to moving to Orrville in the late 1960s. Later, he was employed at the former Crown Steel and Volvo companies in Orrville, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the Ohio Craftmans Guild, a life member of the Orrville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3346, and a former member of the Pythians Lodge and the American Legion.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving: his wife, Irene E. (Holliday) Prater; children, Michael (Betty) Prater of Dalton, Ohio, and Rhonda Wilson of Wooster, Ohio; grandchildren, Matthew T. Prater of Cleveland, Ohio, Kyle (Kris) Prater of Lakeland, Fla., and Barry Wilson, Bryan Wilson, Danielle (Jason) Brynes, all of Orrville; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were May 28 at Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, with Rev. Ken Moody-Arndt officiating. Burial was at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery near Rittman, where military rites were conducted.

Online registry and expressions of condolence may be left at

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Greater Wayne County, 2525 Back Orrville Road, Wooster, OH 44691, or to the Orrville Public Library, 230 North Main Street, Orrville, Ohio 44667.

Arrangements by Auble Funeral Home, Orrville.

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