Former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter will attend Zell Miller’s funeral in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The former presidents are seen in this 2004 photo along with former President Georgia H.W. Bush.
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3 former presidents to attend Zell Miller funeral

Three former U.S. presidents are scheduled to attend Zell Miller’s funeral Tuesday in Atlanta. 

Presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are each also expected to speak at the funeral for Miller, a former governor, U.S. senator and father of the HOPE scholarship who died Friday at the age of 86

Zell Miller, a former two-term Georgia governor and U.S. senator, has died at the age of 86, his family said Friday, March 23 in a statement. According to his family, Miller passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones following treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Miller served as the 79th Governor of Georgia from 1991-1999 and went on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 2000-2005. During his time as governor, Miller created Georgia’s HOPE scholarship, which helps 1.8 million students attend college

The Miller Institute Foundation, which was founded in honor of Miller’s legacy, confirmed the former presidents’ plans to participate in the service. 

The service at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church is set for 11 a.m., and at its conclusion the family will travel to the Georgia Capitol, where Miller’s body will lie in state in the rotunda. 

The Tuesday service is the second of three public memorials for the famed Georgia politician. On Monday, hundreds crowded into a theater on the campus of Young Harris College, where Miller was a history professor. 

On Wednesday, Gov. Nathan Deal and several of his predecessors are expected to speak at the executive state funeral for Miller in the Capitol rotunda. 

Read more AJC coverage of Miller’s life: 

Zell Miller to lie in state at Capitol, other services announced 

An appreciation: How Zell Miller helped shape an AJC reporter's life 

In the end, Zell Miller sought to repair those burned bridges 

Former Georgia Gov. Zell Miller, 86, dies

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