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Detectives: Former Albany commissioner shot wife, self

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COUPLE WAS RELATED TO MURDER-SUICIDE VICTIMS RONALD AND BOBBIE COX BY MARRIAGE

Bill Miller, a former police officer who served 18 years on the Albany City Commission, shot his wife and himself to death Saturday at the couple’s Worth County home, authorities said.

Sarah Miller, 66, and Bill Miller, 68, died in their home in the 700 block of Youngblood Road, Georgia Bureau of Investigation officials said. Their bodies will undergo autopsies; funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday.

The couple’s son is married to the daughter of a woman who also was a victim of a recent murder suicide, Bobbie Cox. Bobbie Cox was killed by her husband, Ronald Cox, at the couple’s lake house in Fort Gaines. The Coxes lived on Ashford Drive in Albany.

There have been at least three domestic murder-suicides in southwest Georgia since July; the others occurred in Grady and Early counties. In each case, the husband shot the wife; in the Early County case, two children also were killed.

A memorial service for Bill and Sarah Miller will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church of Sylvester.

A native of Arab, Ala., Bill Miller lived resided in Albany since 1958 before moving to Sylvester in 1994. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former officer with the Dougherty County Police Department. The Bill Miller Community Center at 312 Vick St. in east Albany is named for him. More recently, he was a paint contractor and owned and operated Bill’s Bright Brush.

A native of Lafayette, Ga., Sarah Miller lived in Albany from 1960 until moving to Sylvester in 1994. She was a registered nurse and worked with Palmyra Medical Center, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Dougherty County Health Department, Worth County Health Department and retired from Worth County Primary School.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Miller and his wife Lila, Burlington, N.C., Matt Miller and his wife Denise, Albany, a daughter, Cindy Stalvey and her husband David, Sylvester, three sisters, Rosetta Veal, Arab, AL, Ina Guger, Pleasant Grove, Ala., Linda Woods (Pete), Hueytown, AL, five grandchildren, Chad Stalvey (Shannon), Julie Stalvey, Keri Lastinger, John Michael Stalvey, Sarahgrace Miller and a great-grandchild, Camden Stalvey.

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