Obituaries: Cathy Jean Blakley, Charles Michael “Mickey” Cox, Mrs. Jean P. Duncan-Aiken, Mr. Scottie Gerald Davis, Mrs. Sandra Murle “Sandy” White Millard.

Obituaries: Cathy Jean Blakley, Charles Michael “Mickey” Cox, Mrs. Jean P. Duncan-Aiken, Mr. Scottie Gerald Davis, Mrs. Sandra Murle “Sandy” White Millard.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.


 Mr. Scottie Gerald Davis, age 76, of Rome, GA, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

Mr. Davis was born in the Celanese community of Rome, GA on February 15, 1944, son of the late Rev. A. C. Davis and the late Nellie Sexton Davis.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jean Herring, and by 4 brothers, Arnold, Ronnie, Max, and Early Davis.  Mr. Davis was a veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed with BellSouth for 38 years.  Mr. Davis was a faithful and active member of North Rome Church of God where he sang in the church choir and served on the Pastor’s Council.

Survivors include his wife, the former Frances Zacchilli, to whom he was married on January 23, 1993; 3 daughters, Lori Shore (Greg), Tammy Jacobs (Rick), and Jenny Casey, all of Rome; 5 grandchildren, Hannah Staton (Sam), Courtney Padgett (Brett), Taylor Jacobs (Hannah), Emily Mulkey (Daniel), and Kristen Casey; 1 great grandson on the way; his sister, Navaughnia Smith (Mike), Rome; nieces and nephews.

Homegoing services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 2:30pm at North Rome Church of God with Pastor Terry Addis and his son-in-law, Pastor Rick Jacobs officiating.  The American Legion Post #5 Honor Guard will present military honors.  Private interment will follow later in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at North Rome Church of God on Saturday from 1pm until 2:15pm.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Active and honorary pallbearers are requested to assemble at North Rome Church of God on Saturday at 2pm and are as follows:  Active:  Charles Willingham, Gary Daniels, Stephen Ballard, Danny Mulkey, Stephen Graves, and Edmund Dula.  Honorary:  Members of the North Rome Church of God Pastor’s Council including Tim Burton, Bill McCain, Jim Marrs, Cody Crumley, Charles Elliott, Kevin Blythe, and W. C. Colburn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to New Beginnings Outreach, P. O. Box 865, Rome, GA  30162-0865.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.


Mrs. Jean P. Duncan-Aiken, age 89, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Duncan-Aiken was born in Floyd County, Georgia on January 7, 1931, daughter of the late M. G. Proctor and the late Katherine Riley Proctor.  She was also preceded in death by husbands, Charles A. Duncan and John Aiken, by a son, Bruce Duncan, and by a sister, Bea Fricks.  Mrs. Duncan-Aiken attended Caroll Lynn School of Business and later served as the Floyd County Probate Judge for a number of years.  She was a member of Second Avenue Baptist Church and was an avid painter, historian, and student of the Bible.  Mrs. Duncan-Aiken loved watching birds and traveling, especially to her cabin in Blue Ridge.

Survivors include a son, Michael Duncan, Rome; a daughter, Cheryl Bray, Rome; three grandchildren, Mikee Polick, Sabrina Holbrook, and Sarah Duncan; seven great grandchildren, Wren Polick, Corbin & Kate Holbrook, Wyatt McClung, Taylor Janes, Rylee & Camee Kines; nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at 1pm at Floyd Memory Gardens.  Mr. Barry Henderson will officiate.

Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers and are asked to assemble at the cemetery on Tuesday at 12:45pm.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.

Charles Michael “Mickey” Cox, age 75, of Atlanta, passed away peacefully at his home on October 5, 2020, of complications with progressive supranuclear palsy. He was a lifelong Georgian, born on December 16, 1944, in Atlanta, and lived in Brunswick, Albany, Kennesaw, Rome, and Newnan as a child.

He graduated from Newnan High School in 1962 and the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1967 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for the Georgia Power Company as part of the Georgia Tech co-op program and began his career there upon graduation. He served in the Georgia Army National Guard, and later started his own company, Steam-Tech Inc., as an equipment manufacturer’s representative, in 1976. He was a talented salesman and problem solver, representing manufacturers from the US and England to power generation companies for over 30 years.

Mr. Cox was very devoted to making time for his wife and family. He was known for having many hobbies, including history, sports and outdoor activities. He had a passion for restoring cars and building homes. He loved to explore new places and learn new things, and demonstrated resilience and grace in the face of life’s challenges. He was outgoing and had a fun sense of humor. We will miss him always and are comforted and strengthened by all that we learned from him.

He was predeceased by his parents Cicero Albert Cox and June Leonard Cox and brother John Albert Cox, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anne Hood Cox of Atlanta, son Michael Jason Cox (wife Abby) of Atlanta, daughter Muguet Cox Kebel (husband Matt) of Jersey City, NJ, four granddaughters, sister Ladye Jane Payne of Rome, nephew John Cox (wife Shea) of Carrollton, and several cousins. The family would like to extend our deep thanks and appreciation for the love and support shown by family, friends and caregivers, especially Nathaniel McDaniel.

A private graveside service will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Cedartown, GA, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Emory Brain Health Center Director’s Fund by visiting:, or via mail to: Office of Gift Records, 1762 Clifton Road, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322.

Daniel’s Funeral Home.

Cathy Jean Blakley, 66, passed away October 7, 2020 lovingly surrounded by her family in Rome, GA. She was born to James and Martha Morris on July 29, 1954 in Copperhill, TN. She was preceded in death by her husband Otis Blakley whom she married on January 24, 1975, her brother Edward Morris, and her parents.

She is survived by a large and adoring family. This includes her children and their spouses, Diyanne (Damon) Crete, and James (Crystal) Blakley. Also, her grandchildren, Austin Blakley, Brittany Shaw, Bradley Langston, and Ariel Driver. The lights of her life are her great grandchildren: Wyatt, Waylon, Emily, and Haven. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

She was a member of West Rome United Methodist Church and was very involved with volunteering. She served with their Crisis Ministry, Food Pantry, Cancer Navigators, fundraising through Church yard sales, and donating her famous pecan pies for auctions. She especially loved working in the Nursery with the little ones.

Services will be at Good Shepherd Funeral Home. Family will be receiving friends and loved ones on Friday, October 9 from 6-8 pm. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 10 at 11 am with Rev. Les Connell and Rev. Mark McLendon officiating. Interment will follow at Beech Creek Cemetery at 2972 Alabama Hwy, Rome, GA. Pallbearers are Randy Bird, Michael Blakley, Bill Connor, Jason Jennings,Ty Nguyen, and Kevin Utley.

 Mrs. Sandra Murle “Sandy” White Millard, age 81, of Silver Creek, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at her residence.

Mrs. Millard was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1939, daughter of the late Harry Harrison White and the late Irene Eda Mae Whitney White.  She was also preceded in death by five siblings, Harry White, Carl White, Alice Hocking, Shirley Palmiter, and Doris Stannard.  Mrs. Millard attended Practical Bible Training School in Johnson City, NY.  Prior to retirement in 2001, she worked as a Welfare Examiner for Steuben County, NY.  She was a faithful pastor’s wife serving beside her husband as he pastored Ingleside Christian Church in Naples, NY for forty-six years.  After moving to Georgia, she was a member of Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.  Mrs. Millard possessed an amazing gift of hospitality, loved her family, and loved to sew.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Richard Stanley “Dick” Millard, to whom she was married on September 5, 1959; two sons, Michael Leslie Millard (Kim), Knoxville, TN, and Timothy Richard Millard (Laurie), Roanoke, VA; two daughters, Rebecca Jo Lortz (Kirk), Abingdon, VA, and Laura Irene Hughes (James), Acworth; grandchildren, Sarah Millard (Chris Cousino), Rachael Millard, Aaron Millard, Bethany Lortz, Katlyn Lortz, Anna Lortz, Shelby Hughes, and Nathan Hughes; a sister, Sharon Barbuti, Scranton, PA; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 12 noon at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Fricks and Dr. Philip May officiating.  Interment will follow in Floyd Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 10:30am until 11:45am.  Social distancing measures will be followed, and face masks are requested at both the visitation and the service.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

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