Sunday, February 8, 2009

Trooper Dallas Miller - Resting in Fiddler's Green

Dallas retired from the Army as a Commissioned Officer. Upon retirement, Dallas worked as a High School Science teacher in DeKalb County, Georgia. In 1998, Dallas began his career with the Federal Government with the Environmental Protection Agency as a Congressional Liaison. In 2001, Dallas began his CDC career as a Public Health Advisor in the Division of Viral Hepatitis.

Dallas transitioned this life on February 5, 2009 - at his home with family and friends providing comfort and support. Dallas will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Panina Sandiford and son, Dallas Alexander of Stone Mountain, Georgia, his mother, Ora Castella Miller-Oliver of Danville, Virginia, brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Felicia Miller of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Larry W. and Pearl Miller of Danville, Virginia, sisters Linda C. Miller of Danville, Virginia and a host of family and friends. He was proceeded in death by his sister, the late, J. Valerie Grice.

He was a Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, a member of DeKalb County Veteran's Task Force and he was also Commissioner Lou Walker's appointee for DeKalb County's Home Land Security Board. He served as President of the Buffalo Soldiers - Greater Atlanta Area Chapter 9th & 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, for four years. He spent much of his time going throughout the country educating the public about the history of these forgotten and unrecognized heroes. He took time off from work to visit schools with his Troop, presenting a living history of the Buffalo Soldiers on horseback to young people, instilling in them a sense of realism and identification.

The Georgia - Memorial Service will be held Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:00 AM, 240 Chandler Road S.E., Atlanta, Georgia, zip code 30317. Senior Pastor George Moore will preside over the services. A home-going service will be held for Dallas on Wednesday, February 11th, at 11:00 AM, at the Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home, 707 Wilson Street, Danville, Virginia, 24541.

Donations can be made in Dallas' honor via the internet at: Condolences may be sent to: 1960 Scarbourgh Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia, 30088.

Questions regarding this announcement can be directed to Todette Bryant at (404) 498-2717. 

Fiddler's Green
When a cavalryman dies, he begins a long march
to his ultimate destination. About half-way along
the road he enters a broad meadow dotted with trees
and crossed by many streams, known as "Fiddler's Green".

As he crosses 'The Green' he finds an old canteen, a single
spur, and a carbine sling. Continuing on the road he comes to a
field camp where he finds all the troopers who have gone
before him, with their campfires, tents and picket lines neatly laid out.

All other branches of the military must continue to march without pause.
Cavalrymen though are authorized to dismount, unsaddle and stay in
Fiddler's Green... their canteens ever full... the grass always green,
and enjoy the companionship and reminisce with old friends.