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11/20/08 - NNHS Newsletter
Sharon Meares Miller

Sharon Meares Miller
(d. 04 Sept 2008)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is still more sad - if rather belated - news this morning.  Sharon Meares Miller, daughter of Virgil Meares ('58) of SC and the late  Helen Meredith Meares ('58), passed away in Seneca, South Carolina on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at the age of 47.

  From Joe Drewry ('58) of VA - 11/19/08 - "Obituary of interest to NNHS Class of 1958":

Virgil Meares' sister Mary Meares Stoops informed me of the death of Sharon, the daughter of Virgil and  Helen Meredith.  Her obituary is given below.

Virgil's contact information (is available upon request from Joe at

Please keep... Virgil's family in your thoughts and prayers.

   I'm so very sorry to hear this sad news, Joe; thank you so much for letting us know.

From Upstate Today (SC) - - 09/06/08:  

                   Sharon Meares Miller, Seneca, SC

  Sharon Meares Miller, 47, of 1015 Ebenezer Road, died Thursday, Sept. 4 at Cottingham Hospice House.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 from the Chapel of Davenport Funeral Home, Walhalla, S.C., with burial to follow in Oconee Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. today, Sept. 6 at the funeral home. The family is at the residence. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to OMC Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

A native of Newport News, Va., Ms. Miller was the daughter of Virgil Wright Meares of Seneca and the late Helen Meredith Meares. She worked in the graduate admissions department of Clemson University. Ms. Miller was a past president of the Oconee Junior Bowling Association, member of the State of South Carolina Youth Bowling Association and past director of the Oconee Women’s Bowling Association.

In addition to her father, Ms. Miller is survived by son, Joseph W. Miller of Seneca; brother Greg Scott Meares of Walhalla; stepmother, Carrie Meares of Seneca and stepbrother, Steve Clark of Hartselle, Ala.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting .

Davenport Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Arrangements by: Davenport Funeral Home, Walhalla

Published in the Daily Press on 9/6/2008.
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Virgil, Carrie, Greg and Joseph: It is an honor to be counted among your circle of friends. Your courage and strength is an inspiration and we love you. Sharon is with us still through the love we share. All our love, Blondie & Ray

Blondie and Ray
Westminster, SC
September 5, 2008 2:29 PM

So sorry to hear about Sharon's death. I enjoyed working with her. She was always pleasant and helpful. I will miss her.

Jay Lyn Martin
Clemson, SC
September 5, 2008 3:57 PM

My prayers are with you. I graduated with Sharon. Her smile will be missed by all.

Jocassee, SC
September 5, 2008 5:06 PM

Virgil, Carrie, Greg, Joseph. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Sharon. Nothing can prepare you for something like this. It is always hard when you lose someone you love. The pain will ease as the days goes by, but the memories will live on forever. She will truly be missed by everyone. My sons and I will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow.

Buddy Scogins
Westminster S.C.
September 5, 2008 5:08 PM

Sharon - I'll always remember you and your family (Virgil and Greg) and how you were so involved in bowling at Oconee Lanes. It's been a long time, but I always remembered you as one of the nicest people there! My thoughts are with your family.

Keith Luedeman
Charlotte, NC
September 5, 2008 5:32 PM

To Sharon's Family I worked with Sharon at Clemson. She was a pleasure to work with. I still remember the bowling party she arranged for the staff. She was also so proud of her son and and shared his accomplishments with us. His positive outlook is something I will always remember about her.

Bonnie Holaday
Seneca, SC
September 5, 2008 6:34 PM

Sorry for your loss. Praying that God will surround you will comfort and peace during these difficult days.

Teresa Moore, CNA
Seneca, SC
September 5, 2008 9:25 PM

Virgil & Carrie, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your daughter. We know you will miss her, but now she no longer suffers. We are also sure she is in a much better place.

Bob & Jan Grousd
Salem, South Carolina
September 6, 2008 8:56 AM

I worked with Sharon at the Graduate School before retiring to TN. I can still hear Sharon's laugh like it was yesterday! I was so saddened to find out that she was dealing with cancer. I know she was a fighter. She was always so upbeat and the life of the party. My prayers are with her family of which she was so proud. She spoke so often about her family and the bowling alley. Most of all, we knew about ALL of Joseph's accomplishments. She was SO proud of him. May God comfort you all as she rests in peace.

Diane Donald
Fairfield Glade, TN
September 6, 2008 12:36 PM

I will surely miss Sharon. She was a great friend. My prayers go out to the family. There is no sorrow that heaven can not heal.

Eartha White
Seneca, SC
September 6, 2008 8:53 PM

Dear Virgil and Carrie, Mike and I are so sorry to learn about Sharon. We know that you were with her to the end and we pray that she had a peaceful homegoing. Cancer has been a great enemy of the bowling community these past few years with the last one being exceptionally hard. Thank goodness for places like Cottingham Cottage. You and your family are in our prayers. Love, Linda and Mike

Linda and Mike McKee
Westminster, SC
September 6, 2008 11:27 PM

Virgil, Carrie and family, I am deeply saddened. I use to bowl with Sharon on travel league. I know she will be missed greatly. I will keep you all in my prayers. Todd and Edie Hardin

Edie Hardin
Pendleton, SC

September 7, 2008 10:23 AM

I will always remember Sharon's unlimited energy and her wonderful sense of humor! She was a very sweet woman and will be missed by many. I worked with her while at Graduate Admissions and remember her brothers from school. My thoughts and prayers to Sharon's beloved son and family!

Ann Mauldin
Seneca SC
September 8, 2008 11:25 AM

To Sharon's Family, I have mixed feeling about Sharon's death. She was one of the most caring and helpful person I have known. We worked closely for years and I could call and make a request of Sharon and she would, with a chuckle, give me the information requested. She never forwarded my calls to someone else because it was their job or area. She would seek a solution and get back to me if she didn't know the answer. We would talk about our jobs, people we knew through work, and life in general. She was a breath of fresh air in the midst of some stuffiness we had to work in and live through. But I could ALWAYS count on Sharon for encouragement, laughter, and help. I have missed that from her since she left due to her health. But on the other hand, I rejoice in her death because she is no longer suffering. I pray that you will be able to remember Sharon in her good times. Remember that she loved life. Remember that she loved Joseph. Let her memories bring you comfort and may God's love rest with you always through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Lea Benson
Clemson University, Clemson, SC
September 8, 2008 12:13 PM

Virgil, Carrie, Greg and Joseph; I am so sorry to hear about Sharon. I had not seen her for many years, but I remember that she was a beautiful, vibrant woman, full of life. The times when we bowled together years ago are some of my favorite memories. I am truly saddened by your loss, but rest assured, she is in God's hands now. Our prayers are with you all. - Allen, Patti, Matt and Josh Lusk.

Patti Mauldin Lusk
Salem, SC
September 10, 2008 9:41 AM

Virgil, Carrie ,Greg, Joseph, I just found out about Sharon, I am so sorry to hear this. I had not seen her in a few years, but I remember all the good times we had bowling and being together on the travel league, etc. I will miss her as I know all of you will. My prayers are with you all.

Avelene Brewer
Westminster, SC
September 10, 2008 1:18 PM


   Our deepest condolences are extended to Virgil's family and friends.

   Sharon's information is also posted here by her mother's entry:

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
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Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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