Frances Ann Cooper Miles
Frances Ann Cooper Miles, age 63, wife of Dr. Charles Miles, mother of Stephen and Cooper Miles, passed away Aug. 20, 2011, at her residence in West Point.
She was born Nov. 5, 1947, in Jackson, the youngest of five children, to Owen and Elizabeth Thompson Cooper. She grew up in Yazoo City, where she graduated from high school. She received her BA from Mississippi State University.
A musician’s musician, Mrs. Miles was a gifted pianist, vocalist, and composer of hymns. She regularly played special music and sang her own worship hymns in her local church. She also provided special music for the Southern Baptist Convention when her father served as its president. She recorded many of her compositions, supplying both the vocals and the accompaniment. Mrs. Miles was an active leader and participant in many local ministries and prayer groups. Her accomplishments of greatest pride were being the loving wife to her husband and raising her two sons, Stephen and Cooper.
Mrs. Miles loved good food, pretty clothes, arranging flowers, decorating her home, cooking favorite family recipes, singing at her piano, and spending time with her family. But above all, Fran loved God. Her musical compositions described a deep relationship to God that was reflected in a life of service to others. Those who knew and loved Fran take comfort in the sure knowledge that she passed from this world without fear into God’s presence.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles D. Miles and sons: Stephen Davis Miles and his wife, Sonya Mitchell of Tupelo, Charles Cooper Miles and his wife Sherrie DeWolf of Jackson; three sisters: Nancy Cooper Gilbert of Jackson, Carolyn Cooper of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Elizabeth Cooper Mazat of Aberdeen; and brother, Owen Cooper of Washington, D.C.
The family received visitors Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, from 1 - 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, the service to celebrate her life followed at 2 p.m.
Contributions may be in Fran’s memory to the John Shiver Ministries, P.O. Box 7696, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544.
Friends may send condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.