James T “Mother” Miles

James T “Mother” Miles

California, USA
Death 9 Jan 1966 (aged 29)
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Burial Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA
Memorial ID 76048839 · View Source
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SACRAMENTO (AP)-To the thunder of 200 motorcycles that cast a shroud of exhaust smoke, the Hells Angels laid one of their fallen to rest.

As newsmen, photographers and spectators scrambled over grave plots to gain vantage points, the body of JAMES T. "MOTHER" MILES, 29, was buried in East Lawn Cemetery near the middle of Sacramento Thursday.

Earlier, the cyclists, riding three abreast, formed the bulk of a block-long funeral procession as Miles' body was carried in a sleek hearse along busy Folsom Boulevard from the A. J. Nicoletti Funeral Home to the cemetery nine blocks away.

Miles died Sunday of injuries received when his motorcycle and a car collided in Oakland a week before. He was a past president of the Sacramento Hells Angels who moved to Oakland a year ago after charging police harassment of the club.

"He was just one of us," said Edmund "Lonesome" Rajotte, 21, of Hayward, in explaining the big gathering.

Almost as numerous as the spectators who lined the streets and entered the cemetery to gawk at the graveside rites were camera carrying law enforcement officers, including Rome from the state attorney general's office.

They dutifully photographed members of the club, which often has tangled with the law. But there was no trouble and city police officials termed the Angels "cooperative."

The motorcyclists began arriving at the funeral home about an hour before the ceremony. They roared in from San Francisco and Oakland, and the towns of the Central Valley.

Rajotte said some members had flown into San Francisco from such distant points as New York. Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle.
"You know how word gets around," he said. "They just wanted to be here, I guess."

The Angels, their black leather jackets carrying their winged skull and crossbones insignia, were easily identifiable from members of such confederate clubs as the Gladiators, Misfits, Gypsy Jokers and Crossmen. Some of the Angels wore swastika arm bands.

Many brought their girls who wore uniform of their own - skin-tight ski pants, tight sweaters and knee-high black leather boots.

One cyclist's face was smeared with oil when he entered the chapel to look into the open casket. He said his cycle blew a fuel line on the way from San Francisco "but I just fixed it, poured in some oil and kept on coming."

It was like a reunion outside the chapel, with those already there waving and shouting at late arrivals.

But the atmosphere inside the flower bedecked chapel was somber during a half hour service.

Then the Angels regrouped for the procession to the cemetery.

As the mourners grouped around a simple canvas canopy covering the open grave, spectators pressed against a fence separating the cemetery from adjacent homes.

After a brief graveside ceremony, the cyclists quickly remounted and roared off, headed by a squad of motorcycle policemen who escorted them to the city limits.

Source : The Daily Review Newspaper - Hayward, Alemeda Co. Co., California - Friday, January 14, 1966

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James T “Mother” Miles (10 Jan 1936–9 Jan 1966), Find a Grave Memorial no. 76048839, citing East Lawn Memorial Park, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, USA ; Maintained by Melvin L. Halterman (contributor 47017310) .