On Thursday, April 25, Palmer Gannon Miles graduated from this earthly realm to the eternal. After a courageous eight year battle with cancer, he spent his last days on earth at home surrounded by his family and friends. Though his body had become weak and frail, he never lost the desire to responsibly provide for and protect his loved ones.
His story began on August 8, 1960 in Duval County, Florida. His parents, Dr. George Gregory and Elizabeth Palmer Miles, quietly instilled in him the old fashioned values of working hard to achieve your goals, take charge of your destiny and strive for perfectionism. A lifelong passion for the game of baseball began in his early childhood and was passed on to his sons. Upon graduating from Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Palmer attended Emory University in Atlanta. After two years he transferred to the University of Central Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. During his fifth year at UCF he completed his CPA requirements.
Palmer began his professional career as an audit accountant with BDO Seidman, LLP in 1988. After thirteen years, he opened his own firm providing services exclusively to R. J. Bersch & Company, LLC. Several years later, he accepted the position of the Director of the audit department for Tcshopp, Whitcomb & Orr, PA. In 2006 he became the senior manager in the audit department for BKHM, PA. He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the University of Central Florida Alumni Association as well as the Golden Knights Club.
As a member of the St. Andrew United Methodist Church, he served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee for many years. Other volunteer position in the community included treasurer of the Home Owners Association, treasurer of the NOKLL and various coaching positions with little league baseball teams.
Following his marriage in 1995 to Christy, he found a new love in helping to care for her family properties in South Georgia. "Palmer the farmer" loved to shed his city clothes, don his straw hat or camo cap, hook the bush hog to the tractor, mow all day, and build a campfire at sundown; and somewhere in between hunt and fish!!!! He will long be remembered for his disciplined approach to life, his love of all sports, and most importantly his devotion to family.
Mr. Miles is survived by his wife, Christy Hodges Miles and two sons, John Palmer Miles and Robbie George Miles, Winter Park; a brother, Greg Miles and his wife Susan of Winter Park; a sister-in-law, Vonda Fields and her husband David of Orlando; six nieces and nephews; Mary Elizabeth Lluoma of Miami, Kirby & Gannon Miles, and Garret, Connor & Morgan Fields all of the Orlando area; an aunt and uncle, Dr. & Mrs. David Blair of Princeton, NJ; a God-mother, Aunt Dottie Cole; as well as a large extended family and many dear friends that have been there for him over the past months in his time of need. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home in Winter Park. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 am at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Winter Park with Dr. Harold Custer officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christy Miles for the educational development of Palmer's sons at New Traditions Bank, 600 Wilkinson St., Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32803, (407) 206-7800.