At a funeral that began with the voice of Ray Charles singing "Georgia On My Mind" and ended with taps echoing through the ornate Georgia Capitol rotunda, former Gov. Zell Miller was celebrated Wednesday as a beloved leader who helped bring the state into a more modern era.
Gov. Nathan Deal became emotional as he thanked Miller's family at the former U.S. senator and two-term Georgia governor's state funeral.
"To the family, let me just say thank you for being a part of his life, for being a part of the fabric that has made our state great," Deal said.
Miller died Friday at age 86 in his old family home in the north Georgia mountain town of Young...