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Crisp County farmers prepare for tougher season after fatal wreck

James Byron James Byron
Sgt. harvey Williford Sgt. harvey Williford
Charles Miller Sr. Charles Miller Sr.
CRISP CO., GA (WALB) -  A farm family is mourning. 56-year old Charles Miller Jr., one of the larger farmers in south Georgia, was killed in a crash in Crisp County Friday.

Now, an already tough season is so much more difficult for the Miller family. The Cordele farmers plant more than 1200 acres in Crisp, Sumter, and Lee counties.

We talked to Miller's father near where the wreck happened. He says they're trying to figure out how to continue on without the man who ran the farm.

"Almost can't get along without him, but we'll figure out how to do it," said Charles Miller Sr.

Charles Miller Sr. is trying to hold the family business together, after the man behind it was killed in a two car crash this morning.

Officials say the call came in just after 8 A.M.

"We were requested by Crisp County to come out and investigate what turned out to be a fatal crash here on Coney Road at the intersection of Milepond Road in Crisp County," said Sgt. Harvey Williford at State Patrol Post 30.

Police say Charles Miller Jr.'s car flipped after being hit by a gold Honda SUV driven by Aubrey Bellamy. The top of his truck was completely smashed in and Miller was trapped inside.

Miller's farm is headquartered at Miller Manufacturing, but the wreck happened just about a half mile before Miller ever got there.

James Byron plowed their fields for several years.

"I knew him a long time. He was a real good person to work with and he was real friendly. I never seen him get violent or nothing. He's a nice person, and I'm going to miss him," said Byron.

This tragedy happened just before harvest season. Miller Sr. says it couldn't have happened at a worse time.

"We'll have to be plowing peanuts and harvesting those; it's time to pick cotton, it'll be time to harvest soy beans. We will just have to buckle down and figure out how to do it without him," said Miller.

Funeral arrangements for Miller have not yet been made.

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