Reverend Dr. Sam Hardy Miller

March 27, 1942 ~ November 16, 2021 (age 79)


Reverend Sam Hardy Miller was born on March 27, 1942, to the late, Temple Sr. and Corine Dingle Miller in the Bonanza area of Clarendon County. He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey.

Pastor Miller was raised in Clarendon County. He graduated from Manning Training School class of 1961. At an early age he joined Mt. Chapel Baptist Church. Pastor Miller studied religion at Morris College School of Religion. Quenching his thirst for knowledge, Pastor Miller went to Chapman University School of Theology, Darlington, SC where he received an earned Doctorate degree. 

Pastor Miller married the late Ellen Davis Miller and to this union four children were born. After the death of Ellen, he married Elizabeth Sigler. To this union two sons were added to his family.

For many years he was employed with Georgia Pacific in Sumter, South Carolina and Russellville, South Carolina. He was also employed with Santee Cooper until he began to have health challenges.

Pastor Miller was the Pastor of the St. Matthew and St. Luke Baptist Churches for over 25 years. He was the Moderator of the Christian Fellowship Association and served on the Ordination Council of the Black River Association. Pastor Miller was passionate about his community and fellowman. He preached many revivals in North Carolina and South Carolina and for many churches throughout his ministerial career. He sung with the Jordan All Stars for many years and with the Gospel Train. He was the President of the Community Outreach and Supportive Services. Many children and adults looked up to him for advice, godly wisdom, and counsel. Pastor Miller was an inspiration to many people across the state of South Carolina and the Southeastern United States. Pastor Miller was consecrated as a Bishop in 2015.  He was also a lifetime member of Spring Hill Lodge #188.

Those who remain to grow from being loved by him and to see his visions in the future are his devoted wife, Elizabeth Sigler Miller of the home, five devoted sons, Reverend Gary Miller (Charlean) and Lee Sigler (Veleda) of Sumter, SC; Carlton Miller (Tsuyoko), of Atlanta, GA; Terrance Davis (Kimberlie) of Rock Hill, SC; Sam H. Miller, II (Essence), of Houston, TX; and one daughter, Tonya Miller Nelson (Dwayne) of Sumter; three brothers, Temple Jr. (Shirley) Miller, Newport News, VA; Reverend Jonah (Ruth) Miller of Orange, NJ; and Reverend Arnette (Mary) Miller of Newport News, VA; one sister, Nellie Miller of Honolulu, HI; sixteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren, twelve sisters-in-laws, four brothers-in-laws and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


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November 20, 2021

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Whites Mortuary
517 N Guignard Drive
Sumter, SC 29150

Graveside Service
November 21, 2021

2:00 PM
Mt. Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery
5918 Hwy 260
Manning, SC 29102

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