Carlos Fernandez Miller was born on July 13, 1947 in Manhattan, New York to the late Thomas Philip Miller, Sr. and the late Nancy Lucy Kicklighter. He was the youngest of his four children, Thomas Philip Miller, Jr., Milton Recardo Miller (deceased), Nancy Carol Miller Gadson(deceased). He grew up in a strong Panamanian family with many uncles, aunts and cousins in Manhattan, until the family moved to Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Carlos’ love for the arts began at a young age. He was a great artist, where he loved to draw, wood carve, sculpture and oil paint. He created many outstanding works of art that were displayed throughout his Queens Village, NY home and in several art shows. In his later years, he revisited his love for art using computer technology software. He designed and created several hand crafted holiday and Christmas cards and had many happy customers.
He also had a love for the arts through music. In his early junior high school 263days and high school days at Boys High School in Brooklyn, NY, he could be found performing in the school’s band and in the All-City Orchestra with his instrument of choice, the trombone. Some years after high school, he performed professionally with some local bands. In his later years, he was inspired to learn the bass and took lessons for several years, where he began to really master that instrument.
The instrument he is most known for was his beautiful voice. Many would say it was a gift from God. He began singing gospel music in 1977, when he joined the Sacred Heart Gospel Choir of Sacred Heart R. C. Church in Cambria Heights, NY, which is where he could be found every Tuesday night for choir rehearsal and every Sunday morning, praising the Lord through song. He was known for singing songs, such as “Pretty Little Baby”, “Jesus Christ Is the Way”, “Praise Him”, and he especially touched the hearts and souls of the congregation with his version of the song “God Is”. For 25+ years, Carlos was known and had many requests at church events and weddings for him to sing “God Is”.
Carlos met the love of his life, Florenda Woodley, and began their married life in Brooklyn, NY. During their special love, they had a daughter, Tarshene Lati and five years later, their son, Kyeme Chanin. The family moved to Queens Village, NY in 1975, which was also the start of their relationship with the Sacred Heart School and Church. Carlos would build many friendships that would last almost 50 years.
He was a great provider and worked at Con Edison for 30 years as an electrical engineer, where he retired and was able to spend time with his family, including his grandchildren and enjoying hobbies, which were baking, singing, gardening and bike riding.
Carlos also had a love for learning. He attended Mechanics Institute for Electrical Engineering and could be found studying and completing an Associates in Occupational Electrical Engineering from Technical Career Institute.
He knew and loved the Lord and became saved in 1986. He was the spiritual leader in his family, which also extended to all he met. God came through him and reached everyone he spoke with daily. He was also a eucharistic minister, which was a responsibility he took very seriously.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 1:15pm., Carlos was called home to be with Lord. He is survived by his wife, Florenda; his children, Tarshene “Tea” and Kyeme “Ky”; his son-in-law Paul Greaves; two grandchildren, Dominic and Sage Greaves; his brother, Thomas Philip Miller, Jr.; his nephews and nieces, many cousins, and dear friends.
In life, we loved him more, but God loved him best.
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