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DR. EUGENE “GENE” CALVIN MILLARD

Eugene “Gene” Calvin Millard of Savannah, Georgia died suddenly Monday evening, September 6, 2021. He was born June 14, 1946 in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania to the late Robert Wayne Millard Sr., and the late Mildred Miller Millard.

He was a graduate of Ridley Park High School in Pennsylvania and Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with a BS in Chemistry. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from The Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin with a MS and PhD in paper chemistry.

He moved to Savannah, GA in 1976 and was employed by Continental Can in Port Wentworth, GA, which later became Stone Container. He also worked at Georgia Kraft in Rome, GA and Interstate Paper in Riceboro, GA. He retired from Interstate in December 2009 as Vice-President/General Manager.

After his retirement, Gene pursued his interests with passion. He became a Master Gardener and researched his immediate family, cousins, and interested friends on Ancestry.com. He enjoyed going online and looking at anything related to the Civil War. He got more involved playing his many stringed instruments and enjoyed entertaining everyone at our Super Bowl parties. His main priority was helping transport people with his son’s business All About Medical Transport. He was comfortable talking with everyone.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his older brother, Robert Wayne Millard, Jr.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sharon “Sherry” L. Weibley Millard; his son, Jason C. Millard (wife Rebecca “Becky”); brother, Dave Millard (wife Marianne); sister-in-law, Cathy Weibley (Gary Hollenbeck) and many nephews, nieces, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, September 26, 2021, with a memorial service to follow at 3 o’clock, at Gamble Funeral Service, 410 Stephenson Avenue, Savannah, GA.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to one of the following: The Fresh Air Home, Inc., Post Office Box 14144, Savannah, GA 31416, The Humane Society for Greater Savannah, 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA 31405, or a charity of your choice.

Online Condolences

  1. Tom Norris says:

    Gene will always be in the hearts of so many. He was true inspiration to so many with his warm personality and wonderful leadership skills. May your hearts be filled with loving memories during these difficult times.

  2. Paul D Zimmerman says:

    Gene will always be remembered by me and other Ineterstate Resources colleagues as a kind, honest, compassionate soul full of wit and wisdom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  3. Jimmy Helmey says:

    So sorry to hear of Mr. Gene’s passing, he was a very honest and kind hearted man. Remember when he started working at Continental Can.Will keep family in our prayers.

  4. Sheila & Gary Johnson says:

    Sherry, so sad & shocked to see that Gene passed. Great memories with y’all at the Wayne County shows.

  5. Nick Shwayri says:

    Gene will always have a special place in my heart. He was one of the best bosses I ever had – smart, down to earth, always ready to help. He was there for me when I needed him most. He will be missed. Sherry, our prayers are with you!

  6. Janice P Jones says:

    Norbert and I were so sad to learn of Gene’s death, he was a good guy and will be missed. Norbert and Janice Jones

  7. Jeff Coleman says:

    Gene was a man of both humility and integrity that sometimes overshadowed his brilliance and talent. I feel blessed to have known him, worked with him, and enjoyed his many talents.

    Carol and I send our prayers to Sherry and family.

  8. Lena Meeks says:

    Sherry and Jason… Freddy and I are so sorry to heard of Genes passing. May God comfort you at this time. Prayers for all. Lena and Freddy Meeks

  9. Elizabeth Cassiday says:

    Sherry, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. May you find peace and blessings during these terrible times. We’re here for you. Elizabeth Cassiday

  10. Jim Meyers says:

    Sherry so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. I always thought so much of him at Port Wentworth and his time at Interstate also. Barbara and I will be praying for you and Jason.

  11. Howard O. Hallman says:

    Sherry, I am so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. You and Jason are in my prayers.

  12. Pam Baker says:

    Sherry, I remember Gene as a wonderful neighbor with a gentle soul. Always kind. Praying that you and Jason will be filled with peace of knowing he is with our Lord.

  13. Lamar Owens says:

    Sherry, we are so sorry to hear about Gene’s passing. He was such a great guy. A natural leader with a big heart and a bigger than life personality. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. I thoroughly enjoyed working with and for Gene for many years, and serving as his ‘Ticket Agent’ for Wayne County Production Shows. Prayers for comfort for You and Jason in this very difficult time. Lamar and Laura Owens

  14. Mets Willis says:

    Dear Sherry, Jason and family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He was an awesome leader (I hesitate to use “Boss” although he was over us all as GM at the mill). He always treated his employees as teammates working toward an end goal. He exhibited kindness and carrying to us while being sure the company thrived upward. He was a master at that.
    I’ll never forget my lessons learned from him, the kindness shown during the loss of my brothers, and I was truly blessed to call him above all a friend.
    My God’s peace be with you all during this difficult time, Meta

  15. Eric Eason says:

    Dear Sherry, sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. Days of old came to light for me when you guys from the north got here to work at Continental Can. It’s been a long time yes but always in the heart. Prayers up God’s speed.

  16. Allen Dykes says:

    Susan and I are very sorry to hear of Gene’s death. He was a very talented individual and he will be missed.

  17. Johnnie Williams, Jr. says:

    I remember Gene. He was a man with character and approachable. My Condolences, and prayers to the family during this time of bereavement. CCC Plant 540 PWG.

  18. Johnnie Williams, Jr. says:

    I remember Gene. He was a man with character and approachable. My Condolences and prayers to the family during this time of bereavement. CCCplant 540.

  19. Cousin Robbie says:

    A kind, funny, witty down to earth genius who taught a ten year old how to play chess. He may have left this earth, but he also left us with a lifetime of fond memories. God speed, Cal.

  20. Charles and Kathy Feghali says:

    Dear Sherry and Jason,
    I was saddened to receive your phone call. For over thirty years Gene held a special place in my heart. He truly was bigger than life and filled a room with his positive energy. For us, he exemplified the “heart of the south”–south Philly! We have many great memories of this brilliant, yet humble man (only remembered he was a PhD, when we just read it). From his Thanksgiving “Which is the best turkey?” contest (the deep fried won over the baked),his musical Super Bowl parties, his love of people, and his deciphering of Rx contents….We could go and on. We miss him. May he Rest-In-Peace and may the Lord comfort you.

  21. Jerry & Marsha Tantaros says:

    Gene & the entire Millard Family have been part of my life for almost 70 years. We are shocked & saddened by Gene’s passing. I will miss my friend from grade & high school, Cub & Boy Scouts, and the bragging we’ve done about dancing on American Bandstand as young teenagers. Sherry, Jason & Family, You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  22. Michael and Cindy Hardy says:

    Sherry and Jason and Family,

    Cindy and I were saddened to learn of Gene’s passing. I can say that he was one of the best leaders that I have worked for throughout my career. Gene was always a generous person with many talents who loved to entertain. May God comfort you will his healing hand during your time of loss.

    Best Regards Always,

    Michael and Cindy Hardy

  23. Bonnie OLeary says:

    Dear Sherry, I am so sorry for your loss. If there is anything I can do for you and your family just call and I’ll be there. God Bless you!

  24. Patricia and Jud Henline says:

    Our hearts are broken, we have lost a dear friend, someone that made life brighter for all who know and love him. Sherry and Jason our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to both of you.

  25. Jerry and Suzanne Lauer says:

    R.I.P. my good friend, classmate and teammate at RPHS. Sherry, please accept our sincere condolences. Sue and I are praying for you and your family at this difficult time. God Bless You!

  26. Kely Wiggins says:

    So sorry for your loss. Gene was a wonderful boss to my husband and an asset to Interstate Paper for many years. Thinking of his family during this time of sorrow.

  27. Stephen Abla says:

    Dear Sherry and Jason,

    Sherry, your phone call today to let me know of Gene’s passing left me sad and empty. I was used to the idea of getting together with you and Gene every time I was back in town from Saudi Arabia. This time my trip back to Savannah was to finally retire. I am really saddened I did not get a chance to see Gene this time around and reminisce about our time together and especially our fishing trips. Lucky for me and many others who got a chance to know Gene as a boss and as a friend. A great man with many talents with a rare combination of God given intelligence coupled with humbleness. His door at the Paper Mill was always open to all of us who needed a shoulder to cry on or a problem we needed help with. I am sorry for your loss, and may God bless his soul and we pray for him to rest in peace. We love you Gene and we will miss you.

  28. Judith Vitali says:

    Sherry ~ do know the Summerhouse snowbirds send love, prayers, and condolences … so very sorry for your loss

  29. Leo and Kathy Schroeder says:

    We were deeply saddened to learn this fine man has passed. We have many memories of his days at the Institute, from baseball, to harmonica (especially to our dog who ‘sang’ with him), to early hour calls to the Chief to say ‘hello’ (there was payback), to knuckling down to study for his PhD, the Avenue walk with his Advisor helping his count, and then to Savannah to share crabbing and telling tales of papermill experiences. He and Sherrie became friends of ours all these years and we treasure our times with them both.. Leo and Kathy Schroeder, Liverpool NY

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