Gwendolyn G. Miller

Gwendolyn G. Miller

Gwendolyn G. Miller, daughter of the late Evelyn Childress Woods and John H. Garrison was born in Dothan, Alabama on January 26, 1948. Gwendolyn was the youngest of three siblings. After fighting several illnesses, she died peacefully on December 31, 2023- she was 75 years old.

She was a Christian who spread her love of Christ, His joy, and comforting spirit to everyone she met. She regularly attended St. Paul AME as a teenager and Greater Jacksonville Church of God as an adult. She was active in multiple gospel choirs and was a vital member of the Sunday School staff. She was also active as a Pastor’s committee member and Greater Jacksonville COG Hospitality committee.

She had been a resident of Metro Atlanta, Georgia since 1991. She was an active member of Voices of Faith- Stone Mountain until she moved from Snellville, GA to Decatur, GA in 2010. She was active in various committees during her residency at Decatur Christian Towers. She returned to Jacksonville, Florida in March of 2023.

Her thirty plus year career with AT&T started in 1974 in Jacksonville, Florida when it was still Southern Bell. Gwendolyn was always described as a resolute and diligent individual. She took pride in her work product and was tapped multiple times to teach different skill sets and serve as mentor to junior co-workers. In 1974, she started as an engineer’s drawing assistant, which at the time was unheard of for a woman of color within the company. She progressed steadily within the company supporting specialized high-speed services. In 2002, her final role with AT&T was in the Digital Services Group.

Gwendolyn had a love for crafting and cooking. A lifelong crocheter, she was rarely seen without a hook and thread. She left fond memories with her children and loved ones in the items she crafted for each one. She created christening outfits, baby blankets, Easter outfits, sweaters, blankets, and hats that are still cherished to this day by the recipients. Her crafting skills included her sewing for any and every occasion within the family- weddings, proms, cotillions, first Sundays, usher uniforms and choir events. Equally known for her cooking skills, she would gladly plan and cook elaborate meals and desserts when her family, extended family, or friends were around. She also created wedding cakes and catered for many years throughout her life. The Lord blessed her hands with multiple skills and that talent was shared with many people.

Gwendolyn is survived by (1) Brother, Robert Wofford; their eldest brother, Willie Killings, Jr. preceded her in death. Niece, which she considered one of her children, Beverly Ann Smith. (3) Children,  Alnita L. Miller, Chelsey M. Johnson, and Christopher C. Smith (Kristi Plump, wife). Nephews, Johnnie L. Killings (Cheryl Cato, wife), Patrick R. Wofford, Marc E. Wofford, and Michael R. Wofford, Sr. Nieces, Shelly Jenkins (Dwayne Jenkins, husband), Tyren R. Young (Stanley Young, husband), Daythel K. Johnson. Multiple grandchildren, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family, and many cherished friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, January 6th, 2024, at Evergreen Funeral Home Chapel, 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206. Visitation will begin at 9:30 and continue to the service. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Evergreen Funeral Home, 4535 Main Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32206 – (904) 353-3649.

6 Comments

  • Connie Johnson Posted January 4, 2024 4:38 pm

    We’re praying for you Alnita and Chelsey.

  • Gerald Griffith Posted January 4, 2024 5:26 pm

    As a young kid, I had the honor of attending Sunday School under the guidance of Sister Miller. She was always kind and giving. I can still remember her singing “Oh they tell me of a home….. far beyond the stars.” Nobody could do it quite like she did.

    To this day, i still remember a scripture she had me memorize during Sunday school. “Have not I commanded the, be strong and of a good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thow dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with the, wherever though goeth.” Joshua 1:9

    She will forever be a part of my memories and I’m thankful for the time I spent with her as a young man.

    Alnita, my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Gerald Griffith Posted January 4, 2024 5:28 pm

    I will never forget the kindness of Sister Miller. She was my Sunday School teacher at Greater Jacksonville Church of God and I can still here her singing in my mind. I will forever cherrish her memory.

  • Brenetta Lawrence Posted January 4, 2024 6:28 pm

    Praying for strength and comfort for the family. 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  • Debra Pointer Posted January 5, 2024 11:22 am

    Gwen was my coworker and tub buddy for about 2 years.

  • michael richardson Posted January 10, 2024 12:11 pm

    I’m sorry for your loss friend your mom was an original Engineer like us I see where you get your drive from.

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