March 25, 1930 ~ May 29, 2019

Born in: Greenwood, MS
Resided in: Denver, CO

Victorious Life of
Pastor Henry Miles, Jr.
March 25, 1930 – May 29, 2019

Henry Miles Jr was born March 25, 1930 in Greenwood, Mississippi to his parents Rev. Henry Miles Sr. and Lealer Bullock Miles. Henry was the 14th of 15 children born into this large family. He attended St. Mary’s, school/church until the third-grade. In the area of Greenwood Mississippi in the 1930’s teachers were not available to educate young black children in rural communities. Therefore, children were taught by members of the church who could read and write it was called Church/School. At the age of 13, the family relocated to St. Louis, Missouri.
As a young man, Henry loved boxing, and wanted to make it his career. However, his life took a different direction when he moved from a big city to a “cow town” Denver, Colorado. In 1957, at age 27 Henry met the love of his life, Thelma Ragsdale. They were united two years later in Holy Matrimony on June 13, 1959 in St Louis Missouri. As Pastor Henry Miles matured he later furthered his education which was inspired by Thelma Ragsdale-Miles. He then received his GED at Emily Griffith Opportunity College located in Denver Colorado.
They both had children prior to their marriage: Henry James, Clumbers Miles (deceased), Donald Ray (deceased), Paula, Diane, and Michael Wright. To this union came: Jaqueline, Laurie, David, Joseph, Mary and Vicki Miles. They raised them all as one big happy family. Together they shared 58 years of love.
Henry was called into ministry under the leadership of the late Pastor A.L. Pryor in St. Louis, Missouri. After settling in Colorado, he worked many jobs: elevator operator, meat packager, and construction. He began taking classes at Emily Griffin with his wife Thelma. She encouraged him to strive to better himself. Henry Miles was called by God and taught by God and was given a vision to start his ministry. He along with his wife, Thelma, worked together and organized Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Miles did what men with the highest education could not do. Though he only had a third-grade education, he accomplished what others could not, because his education super ceded those who went to man’s college. Henry was obedient to the best instructor in the universe, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. He allowed God to order his steps.
Pastor Miles and Thelma Miles organized Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church on April 12, 1964 in their home. There were many hardships that the Miles’ family had to endure, such as financial problems, naysayers, and other setbacks, but because of their faith these were only minor setbacks. Pastor Miles was told by God to leave those jobs and focus on his ministry work but because of his failure to obey, he was crushed on the job in 1970, which made him no longer able to work on other jobs. Pastor Miles was injured so badly, the doctors did not expect him to live. Even though things looked impossible for to the doctors, God had other plans for him. During his healing process, Pastor Miles continued to do God’s will, by preaching and teaching even though he was in a body cast and sitting in a wheelchair. The first time Pastor Miles flew in an airplane to St Louis was when his mother passed and he had two cast of both legs. Pastor Miles had very strong faith in God, so everything men said he wouldn’t be able to do, he did it by the grace of God. He was truly a man of faith and no doctor could tell him about limitations, when God has implemented his plan.

Pastor Henry Miles helped many people along his life journey. He was a very wise and generous man of God. He loved the word of God, his lovely wife, his family as well as his church family. Pastor Miles may not known how to read difficult material, but one thing he did know how to do was read his bible. He read his bible front to back and back to front. He could quote scripture and back it up with another scripture. Pastor Miles didn’t go to Bible school to get his doctorates; instead he was blessed with his PH. D from the Lord himself.
Henry‘s spiritual walk was living for God, teaching the Bible, telling his family and church family how to live for Christ. Henry’s passion in life was saving as many souls as possible. If you doubted him, he would and could always give you a scripture so you knew he wasn’t “psychologically mentally disturbed” as he would say.
Henry didn’t have the best singing voice but, he loved to sing. His top of the list favorite song was “His Eyes are on the Sparrow.” He would joke saying his nephew Nathaniel Black would teach him the words to Never Would Have Made It. He would tell the late Thelma Miles “put me in B flat” and she would play whatever he was singing. He would kill himself laughing afterwards because she would be able to keep up with his timing while playing.
Pastor Miles loved his work so much that he would have service no matter the weather conditions nor how he felt. He did his mission work for as long as the Lord allowed him. He visited those in the hospitals, nursing homes, and even those who were homebound. Where ever he was needed he was there. Pastor Miles was one you could reach at any hour of the day or night.
A true family man, Pastor enjoyed spending time with his wife and grandchildren. He used to take his grandchildren to school and pick them up. He would sing all the nursery rhymes. To know him was to know that he LOVED boxing with a passion. He would read the bible during the day and watch his boxing at night. As long as boxing was on, nothing else matter. His family will remember him as being a faithful and devoted husband, a pastor, a loving father to all and, a faithful child of God. Not only did he teach the word, but also made sure he lived by the word. To know Pastor Henry Miles was to know that he was very understanding and honest would even tell on himself when needed. We will also remember him as the root that held the church together.
Henry found peace and was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his precious wife, Thelma Lee Miles, his parents, his 7 sisters: Gertrude, Ella Mae, Maggie Lean, Birdie Lee, Lucy Lee, Arneda, and Alice McGee. His five brothers Frank, Willie, Sinclair, Oliver, Porter. His two sons, Clumbers Miles and Donald Wright.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his only sister left Clara Parker, his children Henry James, Paula (Capital Heights Maryland), Diane, Michael Wright (Joyce), Jacqueline, Laurie (Walter), David, Joseph, Mary, and Vicki Miles along with 28 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, close friends, and the entire Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.

Death is conquered
Man is Free
Christ hath won The Victory

Services

Visitation: June 14, 2019 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
3212 High Street
Denver, CO 80205


Wake Service: June 14, 2019 6:00 pm

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
3212 High Street
Denver, CO 80205


Celebration of Life: June 15, 2019 10:00 am

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
3212 High Street
Denver, CO 80205


Interment: June 15, 2019 2:00 pm

Fairmount Cemetery
430 South Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231


Reception: June 15, 2019 3:00 pm

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
3212 High Street
Denver, CO 80205


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  1. No words can express when you lose a love one, but I can surely say without a doubt, God sent Pastor Miles to us here on Earth and rest assured, he served Him well!
    He was my grandfather, Rev. Reuben Howard’s ‘Pastor”, as my grandfather would alway say… He was my first pastor! None greater have I known. He would greet you with the best smile! He has now joined his angel and First Lady, Sis. Miles.
    May God watch over the family and comfort you in the loss of one amazing preacher; a patriarch, and true Man of God!

  2. I Had the pleasure of knowing Pastor Miles in the most troublesome times in my life and how the spirit of Lord on his life help me through and for that I am forever grateful for him God Bless you…

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences. I hope the Miles family find comfort in God’s sure promise to restore our dear loved ones to life by means of a resurrection to a paradise earth, where sickness and death will be no more (Revelations 21:4). “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” (John 5:28,29) Truly, what a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It’s a reality though for God cannot lie! I hope that reflecting on these thoughts will give you some relief during this very difficult time.

  4. ISAIAH 9:6
    For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    Thank you Rev. Miles for helping us all to know Christ and lighting our footsteps with the Holy Word…
    Love,
    Aunt Ann Margaret
    Cousin Brittany

  5. Veronica Pikes, Temica Yasmine Alivia Heaven and Ariana Pikes Zandra Jeyven Xander Pikes Anthony Tyrone Michael Pikes Tabitha Eunice and all my Family from Georgia Oklahoma and Arizona.

  6. My condolences to the Miles family and the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist church family. A Great Man of God, A Giant among many, A Legend in our time, my first Pastor and SPIRITUAL Father, will be cherished and missed!
    I thanked him personally for the many years he’s been my pastor and teaching me the importance of prayer. Pastor Miles, thank you for your last words and message to me just a few days before you joined the heavenly hosts, those great cloud of witnesses, “PRAYER STILL WORKS!!!”

    Sir, I believed you then and I surely believe you now. Yes and Amen!!!

    Blessings family!
    Pastor Felicia (Lisa) Smith

  7. When I was homeless a few years ago. Pastor Miles prayed for me in his home in his office and I have been up ever since and I can’t turn around. I thank God for the time I’ve known you. You are a true man of God wear your wings/crown proudly Sir you deserve them.

  8. I remember attending this church under his direction years ago when my mom stayed next door to the health clinic. We would walk over and attend service when she didn’t want to go by herself. Even though I had my own church home. He was always kind and welcoming. He will be missed by many.

  9. I remember when i was going to Friendship Baptist Church. Pastor Burleson would go Preach for Dr Miles. Pastor Miles would always drop wisdom when we were in the office serving. Thank you sir for your wisdom of being a man and a servant.

  10. Pastor Miles you will be missed it was a blessing to have known you and to be part of our Family!!
    From The Slappy Family!

  11. To the Family of Pastor Henry Miles,

    With deepest sympathy, please accept my sincere condolences, for the loss of your father, Pastor Henry Miles. He was a wonderful Christian preacher, father and pastor. With love, Ann E. Batey

  12. I send my prayers and condolences to you and your family. I want to thank you Pastor for everything you have done for me and my family. I am glad I got to meet you and thank you for my baptism. May you rest in paradise.

  13. Words cannot explain how we feel Rev Miles you were a true inspiration on a lot of life’s Man of a great grandfather for my sons and all your grand children as well as a great father Man of God u will be truly missed 😥

  14. Our prayers go out to the Miles family and to the Bethlehem Church family. He was loved and taught by many.

  15. Blessings and Strength Miles Family.

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Pastor Miles. I remember this great, humble family from growing up on Olive St., in Parkhill. May the Lord watch over you and keep you, in Jesus name. The Middleton Family

  16. My condolences to the Miles family and Bethlehem Baptist. I remember him has a very kind and caring man.

  17. First of all I send my condolences to the Miles family, I knew Mr.Henry Miles sons for I grew up with Henry and Columbers when we were children as we lived on 1301 E. 33rd Ave. on Marion street, I would always see mr. Miles as he would come by to get his boys at times to go to church with him and spend time with the rest of his family, he was a very very kind man that I could see, if Henry his son is still around, I hope to hear from him, my number is (702) 807-2193 in Las Vegas, NV., may God bless the Miles family as they will miss such a good man as he was, I am so sorry for your loss as God may heal any pain that may be in your hearts at this present time in Jesus Name.

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