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Albert Romayne Miller, 89

December 28, 2008

MAY 25, 1919-DEC. 26, 2008

Albert Romayne Miller, 89, of Hagerstown, passed away on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at his home in the company of family.

Born May 25, 1919, in Chewsville, Md., he was the son of the late Albert Ragan and Minnie Idella (Cline) Miller.

Romayne was a graduate of Hagerstown High School Class of 1937.

He enlisted in the Air Cadet Program during World War II and graduated from North Carolina State, in the first class of 1945. He received his wings and was commissioned as a second lieutenant at the Douglas Air Base in Arizona on March 11, 1945 and was also a veteran of World War II.

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He entered the apprentice class at Landis Tool Co. and taught the class when he returned from the Air Force. He was employed from 1948 to 1966 at the Chewsville Co-op, in Chewsville. He was employed with the Washington County Board of Education from 1966 to 1984 as an instructor for the Machine Class at the Career Studies Center. Following his retirement in 1984, he was associated with Guy Smith Realty and Round House Realty for a time.

He was a lifetime member of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville, where he started teaching a Sunday school class when he was 16 years old and continued teaching until 2005. He was also a Sunday school superintendent for 35 years.

He was the last surviving charter member of the Chewsville Lions Club with perfect attendance for 50 years. He received the Melvin Jones Fellowship in the Lions Club. He was a life member of Morris Frock American Legion Post No. 42 and BPOE No. 378 Elks of Hagerstown.

He served almost 50 years as a member of the Board of Washington County of Retarded Citizens, serving as president and treasurer of the organization.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Evelyn (Harp) Miller; son, Perry Christopher Miller; a daughter, Priscilla Ann Miller, at home; grandson, William Christopher Miller; two great-grandsons, Michael Ragan Miller and Christopher Richard Miller, all of Hagerstown; sister, Glenna Elaine Miller Brechbill of Chewsville; and several nieces and nephews.

Romayne was preceded in death by a son, Paul Ragan Miller; sisters, Helen Miller Bowen, Charlotte Ruth Miller Baker, Mary Louise Miller Bragunier and Betty Jane Miller Delosier; and brothers, John Harlan Miller and Robert Kenneth Miller.

Funeral services will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, Chewsville on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bill Warehime and the Rev. John W. Schildt officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown where military honors will be conducted by the Maryland State Honor Guard.

Friends will be received on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown  where a memorial service will be conducted by  BPOE No. 378 Elks at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Bethel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 37, Chewsville, MD 21721; Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; ARC of Washington County, 820 Florida Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742; or Horizon Goodwill, 14515 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

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