Everett G. Miller, Methodist minister

August 02, 1993|By Staff Report

The Rev. Everett G. Miller Sr., a Methodist minister who used his background in labor to arbitrate management-worker disputes, died Tuesday of heart failure at a family home in Hazleton, Pa. He was 72.

He had been pastor of Arlington United Methodist Church in northwest Baltimore since 1987.

Before he became a Methodist minister in 1948, he worked several places, including the old Friez Laboratory, where he was a shop steward for the United Electrical Workers union.

He used that background in labor as an arbitrator for local unions and companies and as a chaplain for the Maryland AFL-CIO. Since January, he was chairman of the board at Maryland Brush Company, an employee-owned firm on Frederick Avenue in Baltimore. "I've always worked in and around factories," Mr. Miller said in an interview with the Sun in 1973. "I understand factory people."

During the the 1960s, he was pastor of Dundalk United Methodist Church and a member of the Dundalk Human Relations Committee, an organization created to ease racial tensions.

In 1967, he was the focus of intimidation tactics by segregationist groups. He received threatening phone calls, crosses were burned on his lawn and hate groups picketed in front of his house at night. Bullets were fired at his car and through the window of the parsonage.

During the turmoil, the bishop of the Baltimore Methodist Conference endorsed Mr. Miller as "very fair and very Christian."

Mr. Miller was chairman of the Committee on Social and Economic Relations of the Methodist Church in the Baltimore area.

He earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion from Western Maryland College, a bachelor's degree in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary, a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Maryland and a master of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

He taught at Dundalk, Catonsville and Essex community colleges. During the 1970s and 1980s, he was director of labor studies at Dundalk Community College. He was also the moderator of "Labor Update" for a local cable television station. From 1981 to 1985, he was pastor of churches in Rohrersville, Washington County, and in East Baltimore.

His first wife, Ruth Dressel, died in 1947.

A second marriage ended in divorce.

Services for Mr. Miller were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Dundalk United Methodist Church, 6903 Mornington Road.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Landry Miller; four sons, Everett G. Miller Jr. of Pylesville, Charles F. Miller of Baltimore, Marc A. Miller Sr. of Dundalk and Gerhard P. Miller of Glen Burnie; a foster daughter, Heidi Upton of Jarrettsville; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the McKendree School of Religion or the Maryland Labor Education Association, both at 301 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore 21210.

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