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Oxford Family Prepares To Celebrate Life Of 9-Year-Old Son

Joel and Henry Miller – Photo courtesy Ravine/Facebook

The Miller family is in our thoughts and prayers as they begin to cope with the loss of their 9-year-old son, Henry, who passed away after a tragic car accident.
The Oxford Police Department released the following information regarding the accident:
“At approximately 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, 2017, officers were dispatched to the Emergency Room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Dispatch reported that a young boy, Henry Miller, 9 years old, had been struck by a moving vehicle and was being transported by his parent’s car to the Emergency Room. Henry had climbed into the driver’s seat and inadvertently put the car in neutral. As the vehicle began to back down the driveway Henry attempted to exit the vehicle, but was unable to escape the wheel’s path. When officers arrived Henry was in critical condition. After an unrelenting effort by the emergency staff, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The accident took place on Whippoorwill Lane, there are no other injuries and no charges pending. The Oxford Police Department would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Miller family. We ask that everyone please respect their privacy during this time.”
Henry’s parents and Ravine owners Joel Miller and Cori Benefiel took to Facebook to reach out to the community together in an effort to remember their son. 

Henry was a student at Della Davison Elementary school. The school posted this memorial photo yesterday to express their condolences to the family. 

A full obituary has been released from Waller Funeral Home where visitation and funeral services will be held. 
Henry Benefiel Miller, 9, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Waller Funeral Home from 4 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Oxford University-United Method Church at 11 a.m.
Born in Oxford to Joel Miller and Cori Benefiel, Henry was a larger-than-life, amazing child whose contagious grin and big brown eyes brought laughs and joy to many. He was a near-constant presence during the early years of his parents’ restaurant, Ravine, where he could be seen resting on Cori’s hip during service or throwing toys off the balcony.
He is survived by his parents; his younger brother, Louis; his grandparents, Gay Graeber and Jack Stubbs of Oxford, and Kathy Cooper of Memphis; his aunts and uncles, Kinzi Cooper of Indianapolis and Jordin Cooper of Memphis, and Liz Palmer and James Miller of Louisville, KY; and his cousins, Kieran Miller of Louisville, KY, and Journe and Joshua Simpson of Indianapolis.
Henry was an incredible reader — his love for books never ceased to amaze.  To honor his passion, his family has set up an endowment in his name to preserve his literary legacy. Tax deductible donations can be made in the name of the Henry Miller Memorial Fund to the Younger Foundation at P.O. Box 40, Marks MS, 38646-0040.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit our website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.

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