Rev. Christy Lynnae Maddox Miller leaves to mourn her spirit filled life with three sons; Greggory A. Miller (Delicia), Byron L. Miller (Jessica), and Henry L. Miller IV (Ina-partner); her mother Diane K. Maddox, two sisters AnnDrea Maddox and Kimberly Maddox; four grandchildren; Ashlyn Miller, Norissa Miller, Mia Miller & Kaya Miller. Also feeling the profound loss is her beloved nephews Adrian Maddox and Cornelius (Nate) Austin III, and nieces Beanca Nicholson and Shelbie Nicholson. Greeting her in heaven are her father, Donald W. Maddox, and her sisters Deborah Maddox-Austin, Vickie Maddox, and Donalisa Nicholson.
Rev. Christy (as she liked to be called) is surrounded by love from her family members that stretch from California to the East Coast. She found her family and friends wherever she was; in a church, in her work, and even just walking or driving down the street. She always had a prayer and offered her thoughts on the road one should travel. Always. These family and friends grieve her loss as well.
The final chapter of life came prayerfully and gently during the late night / early morning of November 3, 2022. Her body and mind were ready to transcend to a better place, the place that she spread the word about, that she proselytized about daily – Heaven.
In the business of death, you learn a great deal about how our loved ones lived. Rev. Christy led a full life. She began her adventure on Thursday, March 10, 1960, in Kansas City, KS. She was the 4th daughter of 6 daughters to Donald Wilson Maddox and Diane K. Maddox. She was always curious. Dabbling in science, technology, photography, you name it. She even manipulated a ham radio to listen in on big sister’s phone calls (back in the rotary-dial days).
Rev. Christy was educated in the Kansas City Kansas schools. She studied psychology at Atlanta Metropolitan College in Atlanta, GA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Adult Behavior Sciences at National Lewis University and received her Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Rev. Christy Miller was an Ordained Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME). She has worked for such companies as Hallmark Cards, Delta Airlines, Coca-Cola, and IBM in the telecommunications and systems network-related fields for over 25 years.
Rev. Christy took advantage of seeing the world. She traveled to Australia, Egypt, France, Hawaii, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Cuba, the Caribbean, and across the continental United States. Her travels shaped her worldview of the Christian Church and her prophetic ministry. Rev. Christy loved culturally diverse environments and settled in Atlanta, Miami, and lastly, Zephyrhills, FL. She worshipped at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Riverview, FL, and served as an Associate Pastor there. She assisted with Sunday morning worship services, a monthly children’s message, and leadership for The Grief Ministry.
As a mother of three sons, mother-in-law, and grandmother of three granddaughters and a grandson; Rev. Christy was recognized by the Concerned Black Clergy of Atlanta, an organization of more than 200 Clergy leaders in Atlanta as “Mother of the Year” for her exemplary model of parenting and as a community role model in the ministry. Her experience as a clinical chaplain and Associate Supervisor in the training area for ACPE included serving as a Chaplain at the Atlanta Metropolitan Women’s prison, Atlanta Medical Center Trauma Unit, Northside Hospital Oncology Unit, and Portsbridge Hospice along with Vitas Hospice and Jackson Memorial Medical of Miami, FL just to name a few places where her ministry has been provided and faith deepened. Though recently retired due t0 her health, this did not hinder Rev. Christy from offering to teach and share her skills in the art of Pastoral Care.
Rev. Christy Miller was a source of encouragement to all of those around her and was guided by her faith. In the days leading up to her homegoing, Christy spoke with many people in her life. It was as if she were making the rounds to all within the community near and far, to say; until we meet again. Her faith was unshakeable. She will be missed by many.