William S. Davies to serve as grand marshal of the Rome Christmas Parade on Tuesday. Latest parade updates.

William S. Davies to serve as grand marshal of the Rome Christmas Parade on Tuesday. Latest parade updates.



Bill and Merrill Davies at Tuesday’s breakfast honoring the grand marshal of the 2018 Christmas Parade.



The Christmas in Rome Committee announces that William S. “Bill” Davies will serve as the 2018 Grand Marshal of the Rome Christmas Parade.

Parade organizer Jerry Rucker says that “Each year we select someone as grand marshal who has given back so much of their time and talents to the community.  Bill Davies is one of those individuals who has certainly done just that.”

A breakfast was held on Tuesday to honor the Davies and was sponsored by Heritage First Bank. Among those attending were city officials, parade officials and past grand marshals.

The Christmas in Rome Parade is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. (rain date: Nov. 29).  Approximately 100 entries and seven bands will escort Santa Claus into Rome to light the city’s Christmas tree and kick off the holiday season.

About William S. “Bill” Davies:

Birth:   Pineville, Kentucky, November 25, 1944

Married: Merrill Johnson Davies on  June 12, 1966. Daughters: Melanie Dempsey, Lori Barfield


  1.   Barbourville High School, Barbourville, Kentucky
  2.   Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky

Bachelor of Science, Majors: Business, Secondary Education

  1.   Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Master of Arts in Christian Education, Major: Adult Education, Social Work

Continuing Education:

Princeton Theological, Summer, Adult Developmental Education

Shorter College: 3 semesters of Biblical Greek, 2 semesters Church History,

1 semester Preaching

Work Experience:

1968-1970 Minister of Education, Judson Baptist Church,

Nashville, Tennessee

1970-1973 Minister of Education/Administration, First Baptist Church,

Athens, Tennessee

1974-2006 Minister of Education/Administration, First Baptist Church

Rome, Georgia

2006-2011 Community Relation, Action Ministries, Rome, Georgia

Mission Experience: 

Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Rutland, Vermont; Detroit, Michigan; Metamora,

Illinois;  Taos, New Mexico; Pearl City, Hawaii; Rome, Italy; Czech Republic,



President, Georgia Baptist Christian Education Association

President, Eastern Baptist Religious Association

Adjunct Professor, Shorter College,  Berry College

Heart of the Community Award, Rome, Georgia

Distinguished Alumni Service Award, Union College

Rome and Floyd County:

  1. Leadership Rome (1996)
  2. Co-founder William S. Davies Shelters Inc. (2003). Shelter for 16 men per night; case plans to transition to self -sufficiency; Ruth and Naomi Shelter projected for women and children (2018)
  1. Previously served on Boards for Star House and Habitat for Humanity.
  2. Co-Founder of Meals and More food ministry.
  3. Participated in founding of Good Neighbors and Koinonia Kitchen which joined with other churches and became the Community Kitchen.
  4. Member of Rome Toastmasters
  5. Member of Rome Area Writers

The 2018 Rome Christmas Parade lineup (through Tuesday night)

Advance Rehab  (49)

American Heritage Girl Scout Troop GA 0110  (11)


Armuchee High Competition Cheerleaders  (29)

Autism Awareness (67)

Berry/East Rome McDonald’s  (72)

Berry College Cheerleaders  (70)

Blue Water Aesthetic  (30)

Boy Scout Pack 3 and Troop 113  (15)

Brookdale (65)

Brookdale Disabled American Vets (66)

Citizens for Roberson  (92)

Complete Cash Discount Title Pawn (68)


Coosa Eagles Football Team  (82)

Coosa Jr. Peewee Cheerleaders  (81)

Coosa Valley Credit Union  (24)

Coosa Valley Fair Miss Challenger  (36)

Crossfit Chariot  (50)

Cub Scout Pack 81  (27)

Dance Works of Rome  (26)

Dawn’s Diamond Twirler’s  (62)

Etowah Landing  (86)

Floyd County College and Career Academy (25)

Floyd County Health Department (8)

Floyd EMS (16)

Floyd Felines  (9)

Georgia’ Rome Office of Tourism  (96)

Girl Scout Service Unit  (90)

Girl Scout Troop 727 (5)

Grand Marshall (3)

HackBerry Lab  (33)

Hot Shots Cheerleading Center (12)

Jandy’s Frozen Yogurt  (63)

Jr. Miss Coosa Valley Fair  (10)

Jr. Pre Teen Miss Elite Georgia  (64)

Kevin Gurley  (94)

Knights of Columbus  (6)

Little Miss Pepperell (31)

Lovejoy Cub Scout Pack 70  (42)

Midian Roofing  (47)

Miss Model  (87A)

Miss Rome 2019 Cara Clements  (13)

Miss Rome’s Outstanding Teen 2019 Megan Wright  (14)


Model/Johnson Jr. Peewee Cheers and Football Team  (98)

Mudd Sauce LLC  (44)

Northwest Exterminating  (88)

Pack 30 (93)


Pepperell Dragon Mites (21)

Pepperell Dragons Peewee Black  (23)

Pepperell Jr. PeeWee Cheerleaders  (22)

Pepperell Pee Wee Black  (32)

Pridemore & Cox  (34)

Redmond Regional Medical Center  (53)

Regions Bank  (84)

Renaissance Marquis  (71)

Rhinehart Equipment Company  (4)

Rome Braves Baseball  (17)

Rome Coca Cola  (51)

Rome Department of Community Supervision  (35)

Rome Floyd Fire Department  (43)

Rome Floyd YMCA Arsenal Soccer Club  (19)

Rome Ghostbusters  (28)


Rome High School ROTC  (1)

Rome High SGA  (41)


Rome 7th Grade Football Team  (69)

Rome Passion Play  (83)

RYFO Cheerleaders  (85)

SANTA  (100)

Seo’s Martial Arts (55)


Southern Style Sweethearts  (18)

Sport Clips  (52)

St. Mary’s School  (7)

Sweet Frog  (56)

Trail Life USA Troop 110 (89)

Troy’s BBQ  (61)

Way of the Cross Baptist Church  (48)

Wee Miss Coosa Valley Fair Shelby Patnode   (54)

West End Elementary  (73)


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