Obituary » William (Billy) M. Miles, Sr.
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October 14, 1932 – March 15, 2021
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William (Billy) M. Miles, Sr. was born on October 14, 1932 in Cincinnati, OH to the late Avor Miles and Thomas Mundy. With his beloved wife and his devoted daughter, Nicole (Koko), by his side, Billy peacefully passed away on March 15, 2021 at the age of 88.
Having been an excellent student and a voracious reader his whole life, Billy’s intellect was fascinating. He was absolutely thorough in his research of any subject and he was knowledgeable about a myriad of topics that prompted some of his peers to label him a “walking encyclopedia.” Billy studied a vast range of material which included Shakespeare, many philosophers, and mechanics. After working for Aamco Transmission, then Danco Transmission, he decided to utilize his mechanical knowledge and transmission rebuilding skills to become his own boss. Realizing his entrepreneurial dream, Billy opened Mileage Transmission, in Walnut Hills, in 1974. He successfully operated his thriving business for over 30 years. Being honest, smart, and willing to help anyone in need paved the way for him to be well respected and admired by family, friends, and the community in which he lived and worked.
Billy had many interests that included fishing, hunting, playing pool, playing chess, and watching boxing matches. As a young man, Billy was a light heavyweight amateur boxer and was friends with local professional boxer, Ezzard Charles. Being the avid fisherman that he was, Billy enjoyed relaxing on the lake in his bass boat and catching fish until the sun would go down. Brookville, IN, Sandusky, OH and Michigan (Lake Erie) were just a few destinations that he would travel to if he wasn’t fishing locally. Billy was also an artist, a percussionist, and could speak & write Spanish fluently. While in the Air Force, a trip to Cuba was the catalyst that began his love of Latin/ Cuban music. In his spare time, Billy would play the congas for hours on end. He was a great musician.
Billy prided himself on being a great provider for his family. He learned the value of hard work from his grandfather, Daniel Miles. He loved all of his children yet, having the most in common with his daughter, Koko, they shared a closeness that made him proud to have a “daddy’s girl” that loved him unconditionally.
Billy had a special place in his heart for his grandsons, Christopher & Andrew; his only grandchildren. He also had a close friendship with his brother in-law, Joe Allen. They were like-minded and had many shared interests. Billy was a no-nonsense type of guy. He was direct. He wasn’t afraid of anyone or anything. He could be extremely intimidating, however; if you knew him well, you definitely knew that a more easy-going side existed as well.
Billy is surely missed! He will always be loved and remembered by his loving wife, Marian Catherine (Cat) Miles; his brother, Gewarren A. Owens; his children, Kimberly R. Miles-Adesokan (David), Nicole (Koko) S. Smith (Victor), William M. Miles, Jr; his grandchildren, Christopher A. Thompson, Andrew M. Thompson; five great-grandchildren; four sisters in-law; four brothers in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.