Miller, Hallie Kate

Hallie Kate Miller Pless. Photo: The Jacob Fisher Family, 1727-1958, p.158.

Class of 1903

Birth: Jan. 1, 1881, Rowan County, North Carolina, USA
Death: May 4, 1959, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina, USA

Elijah Miller
Mary Andronia Houck

Charlie Rahn Pless (1878 – 1962)

Charles Miller Pless (1913 – 1999)
John Albert Pless (1917 – 1978)
Paul David Pless (1922 – 1996)

Carolina Memorial Park
Kannapolis, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, 123002555.


The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, NC), May 3, 1953, p. 3.

By Mrs. D. B. Castor

CENTER GROVE – Today, May 3, the Rev. Charles R. Pless and Mrs. Pless of Cannon Boulevard, Royal Oaks, and Crescent Beach, S. C., will observe their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

The couple was married May 3, 1905, at Grace Lutheran church, Rowan county. Mrs. Pless is the former Miss Hallie Miller.

Quoting the newspaper account of the wedding . . . “The church was beautifully decorated. there were five arches in each of two aisles, and a large arch in front of the altar. These were charmingly adorned with flowers, using the color scheme of white and green, thus presenting a most eye arresting, lovely appearance.

The bride, Miss Hallie Miller, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Miller was attired in a handsome gown of white bride’s silk. Her veil of illusion was caught up with lillies of the valley. She carried a shower bouquet of bride’s roses.

“The maid of honor, the bride’s sister, Miss Ethel Miller, was lovely in pale blue silk mull.

“The marriage ceremony was performed at 6 o’clock in the evening by the Rev. H. A. Trexler. The Rev. c. P. Fisher was the bridegroom’s best man. The bride was given in marriage by her father.

“After the vows were spoken the wedding party drove to the palatial and attractive home of the bride’s parents, where a reception was tendered the 100 guests.

“Mrs. C. R. Pess is a graduate of Mont Amoena seminary, Mt. Pleasant. Mr. Pless is a graduate of North Carolina college, Mt. Pleasant, and a alumnus of the Southern Theological Lutheran seminary, Columbia, S. C.”

At the time of the wedding, Mr. Pless was pastor of the Richfield Lutheran church. Since, he has served pastorates in Iredell, Cabarrus, Rowan, Union and Davidson counties.


Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), May 5, 1959, p. 6.

Wife of Minister Succumbs At 78
LEXINGTON, May 4 – Mrs. Hallie Miller Pless, 78, wife of the Rev. C. R. Pless of Route 2, Kannapolis, and Crescent each, S. C. died today at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.

She attended Mount Amoena Seminary at Mount Pleasant and was a charter and life member of the Women’s Missionary Society of the Lutheran Church. She taught Sunday school for several years. Mrs. Pless was a native of Rowan County.

Her husband was once pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at Tyro.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Charles M. Pless of Lexington, the Rev. John A. Pless of Route 5, Tyro, and Paul David Pless of the home; one brother, Albert M. Miller of Route 2, Salisbury; four sisters, Mrs. Albert Loadholdt of Fairfax, S. C., Mrs. A. P. Brantley of Burlington, Mrs. L. A. Fields of Troy and Mrs. J. C. Rudisill Sr. of Nwton; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church by the Revs. F. L. Conrad and A. D. Brantley. Burial will be in Carolina Memorial Park in Concord.