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Piecing together the past
One woman preserving history with father's life story
Ruth Lee looks through bound copies of the Pembroke Journal at the Bryan County Courthouse in Pembroke in search of information about her father, the late Frank O. Miller, to help with her goal of writing a book about his life. - photo by Crissie Elric

The late Frank O. Miller, a former Pembroke mayor and newspaper editor, is getting some attention.

That’s because his daughter, Ruth Lee, is researching his life and impact he had on the North Bryan city in hopes of publishing a book about her father.

Miller served 12 different terms as mayor for Pembroke and was also the editor of The Pembroke Journal, the local newspaper from the 1920s to the 1960s.

"His whole life was spent getting something done for the city and Bryan County, but Pembroke came first," Lee said of her father, who died in the late 1960s. "He saw what he thought was needed and he promoted it.

"He was always willing to help people. When the Christian Church burned, he was on the forefront of raising the funds to rebuild it. He wasn’t a member, but he saw those needs and he acted on them."

And to help put the story on paper, Lee is asking the community for help.

"What I’m asking of people is if they have recollections or stories of my father," Lee said. "I’m not necessarily looking for people to tell me how wonderful Daddy was — that’s not the point. I want honest opinions of him and stories."

Read full story in June 8 issue of the Bryan County News.

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