We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at C. J. Edwards Funeral Home
With deepest sympathy, the CJ Edwards Funeral Directors announce the passing of Mrs. Bobbie Miller, age 93 of 1730 State University Drive Fort Valley, Georgia who passed on July 26, 2022 at the Navicent Medical Center of Macon, Georgia.
‘Funeral Services for Mrs. Bobbie J. Miller will be held on Monday, August 1. 2022 at 12 noon in the sanctuary of Trinity Baptist Church of Fort Valley, Georgia. Burial will follow in Goodwill Cemetery.
There will be no repast!
All Arrangements have been entrusted in the care of CJ Edwards Funeral Home, “Serving Since 1929.”
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid
up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 K.J.V.
On July 26, 2022, Mrs. Bobbie Jean Gonder Miller transitioned from this life into the arms of her
Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and received her crown of righteousness for her faithfulness to the
kingdom of God.
On April 1, 1929, Robert and Savannah Lumpkin Gonder welcomed their only child, Bobbie Jean,
in Athens, Georgia. Possessing a keen mind and a zeal for learning, she excelled in her studies in
the Clarke County Public School System, firstly at the Reece Street School and later at the Athens
High and Industrial School, graduating in 1945. Determined to become a nurse, Bobbie Gonder
enrolled at Paine College but decidedly changed her major after working in the college library. In
1949, after earning her Bachelor of Arts in English and Library Science, Bobbie Gonder became a
Teacher-Librarian at H.A. Hunt High School in Fort Valley, GA. After two years, she returned to
Athens, GA, to teach Junior High students at her alma mater, the Reece Street School.
One weekend, while traveling with friends to see a football game, they stopped for gas at McCrary’s
Gas Station in Fort Valley, GA, when a tall, handsome young man introduced himself to Bobbie
Gonder. The son of a local farmer, Albert Miller, was working part-time as a gas station attendant
while pursuing his degree at Fort Valley State College. They began a long-distance courtship and
married at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Athens, GA, on December 21, 1951, with Dr. Charles
Gresham officiating. After honeymooning in Florida, the couple returned to Fort Valley and
obtained employment with the local public school system. On April 16, 1954, the couple joyously
welcomed their only child, Albert Kenneth Miller, born in Athens, GA.
Mrs. Bobbie Gonder Miller faithfully served her students in the public school system of Peach
County for twenty-five years; her kindness, encouragement, and standard of excellence left an
indelible mark not only on the lives of those she taught but also upon those she encountered. In
1980, after her mother, Mrs. Savannah Gonder’s health waned, Mrs. Miller took an early retirement
to care for her until her passing. Later, when her husband, Mr. Albert Miller, became gravely ill, she
provided loving care until his death in May 2005.
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Gonder Miller is pre-deceased by her parents, Mr. Robert Gonder and Mrs.
Savannah Gonder, her husband, Mr. Albert Miller, and her son, Mr. Albert Kenneth Miller. Left to
cherish her memory are her granddaughter, Miss Cierra Miller, daughter-in-love, Mrs. Dianne G.
Miller, cousins, Mr. James Alford (Vivian), Mrs. Charlene Ward, Mrs. Jennie Yancy, and Mr. Albert
Marshall, nieces, Dr. Dayna Daniely, Mrs. Debarra Cox (Rudy), Mrs. Mavis B. Knight; nephews,
Pastor Earl Miller (Jonette), Mr. William Miller (Shirley), Mr. Richard L. Knight, Mr. Marcus
Knight (Tengemana), Mr. Noland Knight, two lifelong friends from grade school, Mrs. Betty Hill
(1st grade) and Mrs. Edith Frazier (6th grade), a devoted caregiver, Mrs. Pamela Smith, and a host of
other relatives and friends.
Please keep the Miller Family in Prayers!