Vernest "Coffee" Miller

February 03, 1932 - August 28, 2020

Vernest Miller

Vernest “Coffee” Miller, 88, of Nederland, died Friday, August 28, 2020 at Palestine Regional Medical Center. He was born February 3, 1932, in Houston, to Ematile Boudreaux Miller and Jarsin Miller.

Coffee was a United States Navy veteran. He retired from Hilti Fastening Systems after years of dedicated service. He was quite the handyman that enjoyed building things. After retirement, Coffee enjoyed gardening and spent many years making music.

Survivors include his children, Renee O’Connor, of Nederland; Janette Lofton and husband, Fred Lynn, of Cary, North Carolina; and Tastie Ray, of Sabine Pass; grandchildren, Trey and Max O’Connor; Lynette Smith and husband, Dale; Bret and Jared Lofton; and Riki and Jesse Hardy; seven great-grandchildren; and aunt, Mary Decoux and husband, Leo, of Groves.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ematile and Jarsin Miller; and wife, Ella V. Miller.

A gathering of Mr. Miller’s family and friends will begin at 8:30 a.m., with his funeral service at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at Broussard’s, 505 North 12th Street, Nederland. His interment will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Nederland
505 N 12th Street Nederland, TX 77627
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Oak Bluff Memorial Park
618 Block Port Neches, TX 77651

Comments (7)

  • Jo Nell Hargis

    07 September 2020 at 21:02 | #

    My love, prayers and condolences to all your family during this sad time. Coffee May you "Rest in Peace" forever, knowing God's Amazing Grace. ❤ I CELEBRATE YOU!
    Thank you, for your friendship, your help and your encouragement, when I couldn't sing with live music and all the time you invested to prove I could! You had the patience of Job. Thank you, for all the years of Oranges, which eventually demonstrated, how I was to count "My Blessings" and name them one by one! Thank you, for showing up day after day, which turned into months, to help work on mine and Tals home after it flooded in Hurricane Harvey. Thank you, for "encouraging my strengths" as I cared for Talmage 24/7 for over 3 years while he was bedridden. Thank you, for always offering my family a hand up.
    But, as the song says: "Most of All" Thank you, for all our "picture memories" and for being a "Forever Friend " to us all! ❤ You are and will be missed!


  • Debbie E.Turner

    06 September 2020 at 05:26 | #

    So sorry to hear this you girls.Anita Beth and I (Debbie) have y'all in our Prayers.Just can't make the trip down but know we Love y'all and our family that's gone before us.RIP.❤Uncle Coffee.


  • Louise Ricks

    06 September 2020 at 04:33 | #

    Coffee will and already is missed by many who loved him. We spent many friday nights playing music at our jam. I always looked forward to seeing him. He made it more enjoyable. Coffee , rest in friend until we all meet again and have the greatest heavenly jam ever! Can't wait to hear you sing The Old Country Church again!


  • Keith McDaniel

    06 September 2020 at 01:04 | #

    Coffee sure will be missed. Played music at the Friday jam every Friday night with Coffee. Loved to listen to his music. We had a lot of fun picking and grinning.


  • Joe and Kathy Dupree

    04 September 2020 at 22:19 | #

    We will miss our sweet neighbor he dropped vegetables on our porch from his garden and when my mom was in assisted living he was part of musical group that entertained Joe and Kathy Dupree


  • Bobbie Rice

    04 September 2020 at 16:52 | #

    My sweet Uncle Coffee! He holds a special place in my heart! He was my Daddy's nephew (Emery (Bob) Miller) and they had a special bond! I always called him Uncle Coffee, altho he was actually my 1st cousin! He was a lot older then me and he seemed more like an Uncle, so that's what I've always called him! He was the only one in our family who kept a watch on me when my Dad wasn't in the picture. That's why he has such a special place in my heart! When I came back in my Dad's life @ 18, Uncle Coffee was the first one I met in this big ole family and I got the biggest hug from him! I loved him so much! Any time he was around people were laughing! The best move I ever made was moving to my Dad's and meeting all my Aunts, Uncles, cousins! I love you Uncle Coffee! Rest in Peace and tell my Daddy I said "Hi! and I miss and love him!" See ya soon!


  • Harold Horton

    04 September 2020 at 16:00 | #

    He helped me live the American dream and was my friend and neighbor of 30 plus years . He we forever be missed and thought about . Oh the stories he would share with me of our beautiful community way back in day of his young life .


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