Mrs. Agnes Louise Windsor’s earthly journey began on August 11, 1932 being born to the late Murphy Miller, Sr. and Bamma Ardis Miller in the “Cotton box” community of Slocomb, Alabama. The Miller family were pioneers in farming seasonal crops and a sugar cane mill. Mrs. Windsor’s servanthood mission began at the age of five years old with the task of walking twice a day from South Kelly Road (Slocomb) to East Lawrence, Harris Highway (Slocomb) delivering her maternal grandfather’s breakfast and lunch meals daily. Servanthood played an intrical role in her life on the farm, and all of her educational endeavors.
Mrs. Windsor was a graduate of Geneva County Training School, Selma University (AS, 1952), Alabama State College for Negroes – now Alabama State University (BS, 1954), Troy State University Dothan (MS, 1987), Troy State University Dothan (“AA” Certification, 1989), additional studies include University of Florida, Gainesville and University of South Alabama, Mobile.
She began her teaching career upon her graduation as a third-grade teacher, at Geneva County Training School (GTCS) in 1954. She was chosen to be the first minority teacher to assist in integrating the Slocomb Schools. She remained with the Slocomb school system; serving 42 years as an educator, until her retirement in 1996. She was a local volunteer and served on local, county, state and national boards and service projects for a span of 68 years.
She met Harold Windsor in Slocomb, Alabama, a government employee (Civil Service) with General Services Administration (GSA) and they married in 1956. Three children were born to this union. Mrs. Windsor dedicated her life to volunteerism in order to serve others and to make a difference within her community.
As a faithful and humble Servant of the Lord, she served and held many offices within the church’s ministries at Countyline Missionary Baptist Church. She was essential in serving within Sunday School, as a teacher, Deaconess Board Chair, Women’s Ministry, Missionary Society, Building Improvement and Cemetery Committee, Establishing family, Established the first children’s choir and the Countyline Church songs, Wrote a grant for the second addition of Countyline Church, Special project planner and preserver of historical relics such as farm antiques and household furnishings and many other ministries throughout her 80-plus years as a member of Countyline Missionary Baptist Church.
She was on numerous service organizations such as: East Geneva County Senior Citizens Board Member since 1972, Slocomb Public Library Founder and Chairman 1988, Town’s Chairperson for the Alabama Reunion 1989, Wiregrass United Way-Board Member since 1996, Assisted with establishing Hartford, Alabama’s Food Pantry, Geneva County Personnel Board Member since 2008, Historian for Geneva District Home and Foreign Mission Convention since 2010, Historian for Geneva County Women’s and Foreign Mission’s Convention an 104 year old organization for Women, Poll Worker for Geneva County and City of Slocomb, Established State Historical Marker at Countyline’s Historic Church of Slocomb 2015, American Cancer Society Relay for Life-Church Team Member and Sponsorship Chairperson, NAACP – Project Director Program Chair, Alabama Democratic Committee (ADC), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA) served in many capacities – Programs, History Committee, secretary, projects, scrapbooks, Peanut Festival Floats, and exhibit entries, Delta Kappa Gamma Member – Scholarship Program, Orchestrated Summer (4) Reading Programs – Rif – Reading is Fundamental, Geneva County Retired Teachers Association, Citizen Advisory Board, Mental Health Advisory Board, Founder and Operator of the Heritage House, Introduced May Day Celebration to Slocomb, Alabama, Distributor and Coordinator of Salvation Army – Boxes program, and Initiated Transit Transportation for Geneva County with local representatives.
Because of her efforts, Mrs. Windsor earned numerous awards, and had the gratitude of those for whom and with whom she served, her church family, community/ neighborhood residents, along with her peers. Her achievements included and are not limited to the following: Slocomb’s Woman of the Year, 1973 & 2014; First runner – up for the WTVY “Teacher of the Year”, 1981; Elementary School “Teacher of the Year”, 1982 – 1983 & 1985 – 1986; Geneva County School “Teacher of the Year”, 1986; Recipient of Alabama’s “Governor’s Award for Volunteerism”,1989; Recipient National Award, “Volunteer Action Award”; presented by President George H. W. Bush (41) at the White House/Washington, D.C., 1990; First place award Regional Convention for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, 1990; Silver – Haired Legislator, 1996 – 2022; Inducted into the Alabama’s Senior Citizen’s Hall of Fame, 2001; AARP Community Service Award, 2010; Recipient of the Salvation Army’s Volunteer Action Award 2010 – 2011 & 2013; Recipient of the “AARP Volunteer Award”, 2016; Recipient of the “Alabama Retirees’ Award for Volunteerism”, 2016; NAACP Image Award, 2016.
Mrs. Windsor was a loving and caring mother and a devoted wife. She insured that her kids were nurtured and properly educated. She was preceded in death by her parents: Murphy and Bamma Miller; a loving husband: Harold; a son: Halbert; siblings: Murphy Miller, Jr., Earnest Miller, and Marie Miller.
She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters: Agatha S. Windsor of Montgomery, Alabama and Lynne W. (James) Eubanks of Roswell, Georgia; three grandsons: Andrew Eubanks of Birmingham, Alabama, Peter Eubanks of Roswell, Georgia, and John Eubanks of Tempe, Arizona; siblings: Frank Miller of Freeport, Florida, Mike Joe Miller (Jane) of Slocomb, Alabama; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family, other relatives and friends.