Alice Egerton Miller ’79

Alice Egerton Miller died peacefully at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on December 10, 2023.

Alice, or Ace, as she was known by most of her friends and family, was born June 28, 1957 in Raleigh, North Carolina, to Dr. Courtney David Egerton and Nancy Upshaw Egerton. She was the youngest of three children. Alice graduated from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, Davidson College, earned an MBA degree at Indiana University, and did further graduate work at Duke University. Her career was spent primarily in the field of human resources at R. R. Donnelly in Crawfordsville, Ind.

While at Davidson College, she had many friends, including Rick Miller from Thomasville, Georgia. After graduation, she and Rick were part of a group of Davidson classmates who found jobs at Lake Tahoe. Alice stayed there for three years, and Rick was the one who gave her a ride to the airport in 1981 when she flew to Indiana to begin graduate school. Sixteen years passed before they reconnected, when she was attending Duke and Rick was working in Atlanta. They were married in Blowing Rock, N.C. in 1999, and even though their marriage was cut short by Rick’s death in 2006, they enjoyed several wonderful years together that many people never experience in a lifetime. They lived in the suburbs north of Atlanta, and Alice stayed there until 2019 when she moved to Hattiesburg, Miss. to be closer to her sister Barbara. Alice was an active participant in the weekly bible study at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed spending time with Barbara and their friends. She loved intellectual conversations and was a rare person who watched a variety of news shows so she could understand many different viewpoints. She was a very generous person whose presence could light up a room. The highlight of her life in Hattiesburg was her “Route 66” themed birthday party this past June, where she was the center of attention among people who loved her.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by her sister Barbara Tillery (Tim) of Laurel, Miss.; brother Stuart Egerton (Karen) of Wilmington, N.C.; nieces Laura Brady (BJ Hampton) of Hong Kong; Carrie Masich (Tom) of Alexandria, Va.; Charlotte Wessell (Neill) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and two great nieces and one great nephew. She is also survived by Rick’s siblings: Cayla Richardson (Tony) of Sugar Hill, Ga.; Margaret Harvey (Randy); and Russ Miller of Thomasville, Ga., as well as their children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on December 20 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg. A graveside service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on February 3, 2024 at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Ga., where Alice’s ashes will join Rick and his parents for earthly eternity; however, her heavenly reunion with her beloved Rick took place on December 10.

Memorials may be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss., Cross of Life Lutheran Church in Roswell, Ga., or to the charity of one’s choice.