COLUMBIA, S.C. - Services for Ernest Hite Miller Sr. of Columbia, Chairman of the Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank of South Carolina will be held at Shandon United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 6, at 2 p.m. with interment following at 4:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery in Trenton. The family will receive visitors in Columbia on Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel and at other times at the home of Caro and Cal Cassels, 112 Addie Street in Trenton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army for the benefit of victims of the World Trade Center tragedy, 1301 Lady Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201 or to the Music and Arts Fund at Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine Street, Columbia, S.C. 29205. Mr. Miller died on Saturday, November 3, 2001. A native of Trenton, he was the son of the late Ruth Hite Miller and Willie Walter Miller. He attended the public schools of Trenton and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a degree in accounting, where he was in the Naval ROTC and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was twice on active duty in the Navy, serving three years in the Pacific in World War II as a communications and Line Officer and was recalled to duty in the Korean Conflict. Mr. Millers entire career was in the field of banking, beginning with the Bank of Trenton. Whenit merged with First Citizens Bank of South Carolina in 1980, he joined the Trust office in Columbia. Subsequently, he served in Spartanburg as a Regional Director before returning to the Columbia office. He served the bank as President and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors, a position he held at the time of his death. He was a member of Shandon United Methodist Church where he served on the finance committee and was a member of the Joy Class. He served as a director of the Upper Savannah District, a member of the State Board of Education and the South Carolina Bankers Association. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jean Caro Padget and the following: daughter and son-in-law, Caro and Cal Cassels of Trenton; sons and daughters-in-law, Hite Jr. and Annette Miller of West Columbia and Clay and Kim Miller of Dalton, Ga.; granddaughters, Cassie Cassels of Trenton and Meredith Cassels of Aiken; grandsons, Hite III and Cameron Miller of West Columbia, and Andrew, Grant, Bryan and Chase Miller of Dalton. He is also survived by a sister, Ruth Miller Simons of Florence and was predeceased by brothers, W.W. Miller Jr. and Edward E. Miller; and a sister, Dorothy Miller Wilson. Hite Miller possessed the very highest level of character and integrity and standards from which he never deviated. His Christian faith was deeply held and resulted in a life filled with love and compassion, generosity and wisdom.
The Augusta Chronicle-November 5, 2001