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Retired Soldier Found Shot to Death

Posted January 31, 2008

— A former Green Beret who ran a plumbing business was shot to death inside his house early Thursday, authorities said.

Charles Anderson "Sonny" Miller, 69, of 5818 Holland St., was shot just before 2 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. Information about a possible motive or a suspect hasn't been released.

Miller lived in the house with one of his sons, according to Glenda Williams, who said she is Miller's niece. The son is in his 40s and has had a drug problem, she said.

Williams described her uncle as a kind-hearted man who owned Miller's Plumbing. He was retired from the Army, where he was in the Special Forces and served in Vietnam, she said. He had four children – three sons and a daughter.

"He was always kind to people," said a neighbor who identified himself only as John. "It's just tough to lose him.

"I've heard from all the neighbors already. Everybody is just up in arms about this," he said.

"I wouldn't have any idea why anyone would want to hurt him. He never gave anybody any problems. He always tried to help people," said another neighbor, John Davis.

Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said the Shaw Heights neighborhood is in a high-crime area and is known for drugs, prostitution and shootings. It wasn't known if the area's problems played a role in Miller's death.

"He was better than a brother to me," neighbor Charlie Dennison said. "Miller did not like anybody who was involved with drugs, period."

Miller had no criminal history, authorities said. They had a photo of him on file because he had applied for a gun permit several years ago.


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  • Wolfy1 Jan 31, 2008

    computer trainer--my dad retired form the navy with 29 years. You need at LEAST 20 years to retire but could be in there much longer. If my dad would have taken his next promotion, he had to stay in for a bit longer (I think it was 5 more years but can't be certain). So he would have retired with ~34 years.

  • linnway Jan 31, 2008

    "I get the significance of his service. I just don't see how it's relevant to this story."

    Maybe? Just a guess, but they put something about each person on a news article..."Mother of four, Cop's wife, Ex-stripper, School teacher, etc." Maybe, just my guess.

  • elcid89 Jan 31, 2008

    "If you do not "get" the significance of his past service, then you just don't get it."

    I get the significance of his service. I just don't see how it's relevant to this story.

  • wmbkab81 Jan 31, 2008

    To everyone saying that his children should have gotten him out of this area know this: he liked it there, he had a good business and many friends. I use to see him everyday when I lived in Fayetteville. He was a happy man who enjoyed life.

  • wmbkab81 Jan 31, 2008

    Sonny was a personal friend, may he rest in peace.

  • Meandmytwo Jan 31, 2008

    Such a sad tragedy. My heart goes out to the family.

  • amber23 Jan 31, 2008

    I don't think that allot of these comments that are being posted are fair. Sonny was a great person and a friend. I have worked with him for the last 7 years. He was our plumber... The best plumber.. Anyway, this is something that is very tragic that has happened to a person who did not deserve it!!! He lived in that home for approx. 30 years. He will be truley missed but not forgotten!!!!

  • wmbkab81 Jan 31, 2008

    i just cant understand why Sonney, whom i knew personally would even try for a permitted gun, ever hoodlum,drug dealer,thief,prostitute and his brother has one. please take Sonney home to Miss. may he rest in peace.

  • computer trainer Jan 31, 2008

    I am wondering about something. To have "retired" from the military, he would have to have put in 20 years. So, if he had gone in the military at 18, he would have been 38 before he could have retired. He was 65, so had he truly lived in that neighborhood for more than 40 years? It seems that the media always thinks that anyone who was in the military "retired", even if they only spent 2 years in.

  • hefty-lefty Jan 31, 2008

    So tragic for this to happen to one of our heros