Miles Joseph Brashier

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Miles Joseph Brashier, age 66, passed away Saturday, September 8. He was born February 14, 1952 in Houma, LA. Miles graduated from Lee High School of Baton Rouge in 1970. The Forever Tiger then attended LSU, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture and a Master's degree in Horticulture. While at LSU, he served as the Alpha Gamma Rho Alumni Secretary in 1973 and President in 1974. He was also president of the Interfraternity Council. In 1976, Miles joined the U.S. Army and Army Reserves until 1990, retiring as a Captain. He taught vocational agriculture at Broadmoor High and Mohican. Miles dedicated over 35 years to the LSU AgCenter which included his tenure as Pointe Coupee's 4-H and County Agent. He trained over 70 state winners, 40 state alternate winners, and over 250 blue ribbon winners at 4-H Short Course, now known as 4-H University. During his time with the AgCenter, he served as parish chair for Pointe Coupee as well as for Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes. Miles also chaired the committee that established the Pointe Coupee Multi-Use Center and was serving as the chair of that same committee at the time of his passing. Miles was a member of the Louisiana County Agent's Agricultural Association, where he held the offices of President, Vice President, and Communication Chair and Board Member. He was also a member of the National County Agent's Agricultural Association. Miles was instrumental in starting the annual Tri-Parish Farm Forum. He also held the position of Tri-Parish Master Gardener Coordinator and headed the Junior Master Gardener Program in local schools. Miles played a role in applying for a grant and was awarded over $30,000 for local school gardens. Miles was integral in initiating the Mosquito Abatement Program, which he ran for eight years. He also served as Swine Superintendent for the Acadiana District Livestock Show, and as an advisor for the Pointe Coupee High School Rodeo for many years. During his years with the LSU AgCenter, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 2004, the Louisiana Crop Consultant's County Agent Award in 2009, and the Extension Excellence Award in 2014, along with numerous other awards of recognition. He worked tirelessly and gave of himself selflessly for countless other projects in the community. He retired in 2015 but returned to spearhead the State Master Gardner program and to mentor agents in the horticultural field. He continuously shared his extensive knowledge whether serving as a guest speaker at numerous events or answering a simple phone call. Following retirement, Miles looked forward to breakfast with his buddies and lunch with his ladies. When he wasn't on the phone, he spent hours cultivating M and M Growers with his friend and partner Mike Cashio, which fulfilled his lifelong dream of spending his days in the greenhouse. Miles also acted as a lay leader at St. Paul's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, serving faithfully as a Vestry member and Eucharistic Minister. But Miles' was proudest of his most recent profession-Papa to four grandsons: Hayes, Hall, Gray and John Anthony. He especially enjoyed watching his older grandsons encourage the parishioners to give generously as they collected the offerings at St. Paul's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in New Roads. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlton Joseph "Bud" and Grace Landry Brashier and his brother-in-law and fellow LSU armchair quarterback, Joseph Barr Ewing III. Miles is survived by his best friend and wife of 42 years Phyllis Ewing Brashier, daughter Jeanne Elizabeth Brashier Langlois and husband Joe (parents of Hayes, Hall, and Gray), daughter Lindsay Regan Brashier Cutrera and husband John (parents of John Anthony), and only sister Kitren Brashier Sinnathamby and husband Sukitharan. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who all affectionately remember his never-ending repertoire of jokes. Celebration of Life will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in New Roads on Saturday, September 15 with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM-12:30PM, with Christian service to follow conducted by the Reverend Peggy King Scott. Celebration will continue at the home of Bourg and Marsha Langlois, 531 East Main Street in New Roads until 5:00pm. Honorary pallbearers are Carlos deLeon, Donald Ewing, Mark Ewing, Sukitharan Sinnathamby, Joe Langlois, and John Cutrera. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either St Jude Children's Hospital or St Paul's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
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Niland's Funeral Services, Inc.
210 West End Drive
New Roads, LA 70760
(225) 638-7103
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Sept. 10 to Sept. 15, 2018
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