100th birthday

Doris Hamby Miles is pictured with two of her great-grandchildren, Rierson and Caleb Miles.

Doris Hamby Miles of the Champion community celebrated her 100th birthday with family on Sept. 18.

Doris was one of the nine children of J.E. and Dona Hamby. She graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1938, and married Bruce Miles on Aug. 7, 1940.

They lived on the farm owned by her father-in-law, Dr. Walter W. Miles (one of the last country doctors), until she and Bruce bought it in 1946.

With help from their children, Peggy, Patty and Danny, and employees like Jim Bryant and Claude Huffman who lived in the community, they operated their farm in Champion for over 60 years until Bruce died in 2003.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Doris and Bruce owned and operated Champion Grocery and Service. Doris became the first female mail carrier in Wilkes County and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1986.

A family member said that in retirement, Doris has enjoyed time with friends from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and others in the community.

“Going places with her Sunday school class, painting or visiting people have filled Doris with stories, love and laughter. Her favorite people to visit are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” the family member said.

“If you’re from the Ferguson area, chances are she can still tell you who your great-grandmother dated and the names of your aunts, uncles and cousins.”

— Staff report

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