Bill Kirby Jr.: Dependable Ed Miller calls it a career

After 57 years, Ed Miller calls it a career

After 57 years, Ed Miller calls it a career

​“Those years have allowed me to forge great relationships in the community,” the respected State Farm insurance agent says, “and they are filled with wonderful memories.”

If you saw a cavalcade of vehicles recently driving past the State Farm insurance office at the corner of Raeford Road and Forsyth Street on July 24 and honking horns, it was in celebration of Ed Miller and his retirement.

“I appreciate your trust in State Farm and in me through allowing us to help you manage the risks of everyday life,” Miller wrote to his many clients before enjoying the day with his wife, Winnie, son Greg, daughter Lynn Kelly, staff members and many of his clients. “It has been a pleasure to serve as a State Farm agent for the past 57 years. Those years have allowed me to forge great relationships in the community, and they are filled with wonderful memories.”

He handled my father’s insurance, my mother’s insurance and mine for all of those 57 years, and forever dependable. Ed Miller retired July 31, and he was the best.
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Good news for residents of VanStory Hills … the Mirror Lake roadway is open, and the lake is back to its picturesque beauty after much of the road was washed away on Oct. 8, 2016, by Hurricane Matthew. Reconstruction began in February of 2019, according to a city news release, at a cost of approximately $5.5 million. Repairs to Mirror Lake dam were paid by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the city says, and N.C. Department of Public Safety because the dam and road were city-owned prior to Hurricane Matthew.

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We really appreciate you taking the time to write about us,” Joey Short writes in an email about our CityView Newsletter column of Aug. 5 about the July 26 gender reveal at the Merry Bee Farm in west Fayetteville of son – Archie Joe Short – with a birth date of Nov. 10 for Joey and Meredith Short. “It will be something we will share with Archie for years to come! A lovely column to write for a lovely young couple. 

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Your article about Dolph and especially Mitchell were some of your best,” Carol Quigg writes in an email about our CityView Magazine column on Dolph Berry in the July issue and Mitchell Graham in our July 29 CityView Magazine newsletter.  Joe and I both enjoyed both of them so much. You captured the essence of both men. Keep up the good work.” Dolph Berry was a part of the fabric of this community throughout his life, a lawyer with a keen mind and delightful good humor. And Mitchell Graham was a real estate broker known for his charm and endearing ways with just about all he came to know in life. H. Dolph Berry was 85 when he died June 5. Mitchell Gordon Graham was 74 when he died July 23.

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Janice Melton remembers Mitchell Graham as a member of her 1964 senior class at old Fayetteville High School. “He worked on the committee when we had our 50th reunion,” Melton says. “We had such a good time and so many laughs as Mitchell helped make many occasions more enjoyable than normal. Mitchell Graham was one of a kind, and he loved being a part of the FHS class of ’64. 

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George Breece remembers Mitchell Graham, too. “You captured him and his lifelong friendship with Shikery so well,” Breece says in reference to Shikery Fadel, who loved Mitchell Graham like a brother. You can’t remember Mitchell Graham without remembering his mother, the late Elizabeth Butler Graham, who could make the best cakes and pies. “By the way, my favorite pie of Mrs. Graham’s was (like Mitchell) the peach pie, too. She was the best at cakes and pies and his grandmother, Maybelle Breece Graham, always had those chicken and dumplings ready for the ‘Gray’s Creek feed,’ aka the annual Gray’s Creek Woman’s Club Buffet and Bazaar each October. “My Daddy would never miss that, and I rode shotgun on that trip many a time. So glad you are still writing and sharing your talent in life’s stories and whatever strikes your fancy.” 

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Hope you’re happy with your new job,” Phil Harris writes in an email about my new digs with CityView Magazine. “Enjoy your articles.” Loving every minute, and the opportunity to tell the stories of this community and those who call Fayetteville home. 

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Some folks keep asking if there are plans to write about my Aunt Ethel sometime soon in CityView Magazine. You might remember Aunt Ethel, the ugliest woman in Moore County, bar none, and bless her heart. When homecoming rolls around this fall at the little, white church at the Moore and Harnett county lines, you can count on another episode of Aunt Ethel Mae for sure.

 

Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@CityView.combillkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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