I would like to share a few thoughts regarding Houston Miller.

Houston Miller was a Franklin County resident for well over 60 years. He and his wife, Xuripha, settled in Eastpoint and started a seafood business.

Houston was a good man. He never turned anyone away that needed help. People came to Franklin County to look for work on the water so they could feed their family. This was during the Depression. There was no work. People with little schooling could not find work.

When they would come to the oyster house looking for work, they would be asked if they could “tong oysters” or shuck oysters.

Of course, that was completely foreign to them, as most of them, used to farm.

So Houston would get the men to get the wood and all they needed and Houston would show them how to build an oyster boat. Then, he would take them out on the water and teach them how to oyster.

The women would be taught how to shuck the oyster, thus, they could make money and feed their families.

Houston was big on bartering.

If Houston had something you needed and you had something he wanted, you had a deal!!!

Houston was the first officer of the law in Eastpoint. He was never far from Millers Quarters, where most of the newcomers lived. Any trouble that came along, i.e. drunk fighting, he would take you home.

Houston had a big heart. For years, he would go mullet fishing, then come home and smoke all the mullet and give them away.

He helped anyone who asked for help.

We buried Houston Miller on March 19, 2013.


By Peggy Miller Sister-in-law


Colley Houston Miller was born May 28, 1917 in Chipley. He passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013 at the age of 95 in Port St Joe.

He was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church in Eastpoint.

He is survived by his wife, Xuripha Miller; children, Sharon Cumbie and Jimmy Miller, Sr. (Jeanette); brothers, JR Miller (Peggy) and Burdette Miller; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 19 at First Baptist Church with burial in Eastpoint Cemetery. Bro. Garry Kent and Bro. Bobby Shiver officiated.

Kelley Funeral Home handled all arrangements.