Southern Indiana Living

JAN-FEB 2018

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Jan/Feb 2018 • 33 W hen they were recently told they had received the Ser- vice Above Self recognition from the New Albany Ro- tary Club, both Alice and Jerrol "Jerry" Miles were extremely humbled. "Maybe our names came up because we are older than dirt and have been here our entire lives," Alice Miles joked. The couple has been married for 54 years, and while they tend to defuse rec- ognition with humor, the couple's passion for right-siding this topsy-turvy world is quite impressive. Both Alice and Jerry Miles were raised in New Albany. When they were asked how they have been motivated to- ward volunteerism, Alice Miles said, "My father worked two jobs while my mother took care of the family and home. Focus- ing on the family, my mother taught her children to always treat others the way we wanted to be treated, to be honest, and most of all, to love the Lord." Jerry Miles added, "My mother also instilled the value of always giving back more than I take away, and to never take away what doesn't belong to me. I learned quickly that helping others or geĴing something positive accomplished in our community just feels right." Because the Mileses feel they have been given much, they commit them- selves to give considerable gifts of time and treasure to others. They also credit their faith for providing a solid platform to genuinely care for other people. "I was blessed by being born to Christian parents who taught me about God's love and his teachings at an early age," Alice Miles said. "The love of God has guided me in every situation throughout my life." The couple are members of Jones Memorial AME Zion Church in New Albany. Jerry and Alice Miles raised two daughters, Stacey Mecier and Melissa Hearn, and a son, J. Christopher Miles, along with two teenage nephews who came to live with the Mileses after their mother passed away. They are extremely proud of the accomplishments of their children, nephews and nine grandchil- dren. Jerry Miles earned a degree from Indiana University, while Alice Miles earned a nursing degree from Spalding University (formerly Nazareth College). She worked as a nurse with Floyd Me- morial Hospital and New Albany-Floyd County Schools. She retired from the school system in 2003, and in 2007 she accepted a part-time position as a multi- cultural outreach specialist with the Com- munity Foundation of Southern Indiana. Jerry Miles became a medical/X- ray technician. After two years, he joined the Army, where he served as a medical laboratory technician. He was honored with the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. After graduating from IU, Jerry Miles accepted a job with First National Bank of Louisville (now National City Bank). He retired after 33 years of service and then worked for PNC until 2016. Protecting civil rights has played a major role in Jerry and Alice Miles' lives. Alice Miles was a peaceful demonstrator during the Civil Rights era by siĴing at a traditionally white-only department store lunch counter and at a whites-only bowl- ing alley. Jerry Miles recalls times when he and his young wife were turned away from hotels because of segregation, leav- ing them to sleep in their car during long trips. They say they still feel pain when recalling their experiences with racial inequality, but the feelings do not cloud their positive aĴitudes and hope for the future. Jerry and Alice Miles have given considerably to ensure that their commu- nity thrives, grows and moves forward. They are proud, yet humble; serious- minded, yet hilarious; sensitive, yet firm; and understanding, yet inquiring. Alice and Jerry Miles are champion humanitar- ians, and Southern Indiana residents are fortunate that they are commiĴed to mak- ing the area a beĴer place to live, work and play. • - Alice Miles Alice Miles' volunteer work Founding member of Women's Foundation of Southern Indiana Altrusa International Club of New Albany Friends of the Town Clock Church Friends of Division Street School Floyd County Public Health Board Hispanic Connection of Southern Indiana Center for Women and Families Southern Indiana Partnership Council Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy American Cancer Society Alice Miles' awards Anna Katherine Hickerson Diversity Award Women of Distinction Award/Center for Women and Families New Albany-Floyd County High School's Award of Appreciation New Albany High School Hall of Fame Jerry Miles' volunteer work Board of Trustees for Baptist Health Floyd A founding member of One Southern Indiana (1SI) 1SI Foundation Board Indiana University Alumni Association Board of Managers Southern Indiana Clark-Floyd Counties Convention and Tourism Bureau Member of the Board of Trustees for Spalding University Jerry Miles' awards Indiana University Southeast Chancellor's Medallion IU Alumni Association President's Award New Albany High School Hall of Fame Metro United Way award for outstanding volunteer service and leadership A LIFETIME OF SERVICE

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