Mrs. Teresa Diane Callahan Milam, age 64, of Rome, Ga., passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Mrs. Milam was born in Rome, Ga., on January 10, 1955, daughter of the late Joseph Lonell “Joe” Callahan and the late Emyline Terry Callahan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Danny E. Milam, and by a brother, Danny Michael Callahan.
Mrs. Milam was a 1973 graduate of Coosa High School. She spent her career in food service, having been employed for many years with Western Sizzlin, here in Rome, and prior to her death, at Steak ‘n Shake, here in Rome. Mrs. Milam was of the Church of God faith.
Survivors include her two sons, Daniel Jacob Milam, Atlanta, Ga., and Sgt. Benjamin Isaac Milam (Eden), Ft. Benning, Ga.; her grandson, Dawson Milam, Ft. Benning, GA; her stepdaughter, Apryl Milam, Cumming, Ga; aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 3 p,m, in the Chapel at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel. Family and friends will be sharing during the celebration.
The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Saturday from noon until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at any United Community Bank.
Our initial report:
If you dined out in Rome — and it is among the things we do the most of in this community — you probably knew her face and her “Hey, how are you!” voice.
Since September 2010, Teresa Milam had been greeting customers and serving breakfast or burgers or shakes at the Steak ‘n Shake on Turner McCall Rome. Regulars and semiregulars alike knew her – -and she knew them. She would automatically continue a conversation from weeks earlier or immediately update you on mutual friends, whether they were retirees or shift workers or her favorite local doctor and his family.
Coworkers, friends and family are in shock Sunday evening, trying to cope with the news about a traffic accident on I-85 in Troup County that took her life earlier in the day. We’re awaiting reports from authorities in the area. A fatal accident has been confirmed but little more was available Sunday evening.
Still, word spread quickly of the passing of Teresa as she was en route to see one of her two sons at Fort Benning.
Among the first notified was Rome businessman Wayne Robinson, who owns the Steak ‘n Shake franchise here:
“Teresa was such a wonderful lady and friend. She was the face of Steak n Shake and always greeted everyone as they entered the store as if they were her best friend and was so glad to see them. She made everyone feel so welcomed and would go out of her way to please them. She will be missed by so many of our customers, staff, friends and truly by me.”
Robinson said Teresa was with him when he opened the restaurant nine years ago. She had worked at Western Sizzlin’ for 30 years and a few other spots around town over the years.
Her son, Dan, says the family hopes to announce visitation and service schedules on Monday.
Below please find the accident report from the Georgia State Patrol
“On June 23, 2019, the fatality victim was involved a two-vehicle traffic crash on Interstate 85 near mile marker 8 in Troup County. The victim was operating a 1997 Ford F-150 and had pulled over into the southbound emergency lane. The victim attempted to change lanes from the emergency lane to the center median. The second vehicle involved could not stop and struck the victim’s vehicle in the rear. The victim’s vehicle traveled into the median and caught fire. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team. Family of the deceased has been notified. There is no other information available at this time.”