John Allen Miles IV, a founding board member and former secretary with the Charleston County Aviation Authority, died Wednesday. He was 87.
Miles was born May 4, 1927 in Asheville, N.C., to John Allen Miles III and Susie Tuten Miles. He was raised in Moncks Corner and graduated from Porter Military Academy. He served as a Navy gunner on anti-submarine patrol during World War II.
Miles earned an engineering degree from the General Motors Institute in Michigan. He ran Allen Miles Pontiac in Moncks Corner before working with the Oldsmobile division with General Motors Corp. He was also the owner-operator of a laundromat in South Windermere.
In 1970, Miles was one of the first two members to be recommended by senatorial delegation to the Charleston County Aviation Authority. During his time as a board member with the authority, he was elected as secretary and vice chairman. He was also actively involved with the Charleston Executive Airport, formerly known as the Johns Island Army Airfield, and was chairman of the Johns Island Airport Committee, part and parcel of the aviation authority.
Miles was also a private aviator and in 1991, he set a record in his plane's weight class for piloting the fastest flight from Charleston to New Orleans.
He is survived by his wife Henrietta King Miles; his sons John Allen Miles V, William L. Miles; his daughter Julie Miles Walters; six grandchildren and two nieces. His funeral service will be held at noon Saturday in Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston. Arrangements are being handled by J. Henry Stuhr's Downtown Chapel.