Pearl Eugene Miller, 75, of Lakewood passed away at 1:23 a.m. Monday (February 8, 2010) at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Lakewood with Pastor Ronnie Brown officiating. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Lockart-Green Funeral Home, Shelbyville. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery near Cowden. Memorials may be made to the Lincoln Land Hospice, Mattoon and/or Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church, Lakewood.

Gene was born in Fayette County on July 31, 1934 the son of Hestain Buchanan and Ruth Emily (Renfro) Miller.

He married Nancy Humes on August 24, 1998, she survives. He is also survived by 4 sons and 5 daughters, Debbie Olson of Ogden, UT, Robert Miller of Ogden, UT, Cheryl Stumborg of Sadorus, Terry Brown of Villa Grove, Chuck Miller of Royal, Kenny Miller of Marion, Penny Partenheimer of Newman, Regina Zumwalt of Urbana and Cory Miller of Lakewood, 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, 4 sisters, Ruby Doreen Hicks of Lakewood, Mildred Wheeler, Katie Morgan and Daisy Logsdon all of Cowden, step-children Tracey Alex, Larry Douglas Vaughn and April Vaughn, 8 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren, special friend, Chrissy McKenney and children, Anthony Naron, Nicholas and Whitney Vadakin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son, James Paul Miller, 2 sisters, Delores Marie Sinclair of Cowden and Mary Mae Sylvester of Vancouver, WA, 2 brothers, James Miller and Paul Miller of Cowden, 2 grandchildren, Sidney Marie Miller and Ricky Wayne Roberts and 1 great-grandchild, Ian Sarver.

Gene served in the Korean War from April of 1953 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany. He owned and operated the Miller Trucking from 1962 to 1974. He was a long haul Truck Driver all of his life, and an owner operator for several years until his recent retirement. He loved his family and his dog, which became his dearest friend. He was a member of the Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Lakewood.