Pearl Edith Miller, 82, of Manila died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Osceola. Born at Harrisburg, she was the daughter of the late Walter Lee and Josephine Baggett Gatlin and had been a Manila resident for the past 12 years. She was a riveter for the Rhorer Aircraft Corporation in San Diego, Calif., during World War II. She also worked as a waitress during the war. Mrs. Miller was a longtime Little Rock resident having lived there from 1946 until 1990. During this time she owned and operated Pearl's Dress Shop as well as her own antique dealership. After returning to Manila she became a member of the Milligan Ridge Baptist Church. Mrs. Miller was the widow of Cecil Miller who was lost at Sea with the U.S. Navy during World War II.
She is survived by three nieces, Jean Endicott of Milligan Ridge, Helen Williams of Manila and Shirley Baugh of Milligan Ridge; a sister, Esther Rhodes of Milligan Ridge, and several great nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Wesley Gatlin.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Rev. Waymon Holt officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gary Endicott, Danny Baugh, Jimmy Williams and Gerald Brown.