At his insurance office on Peach Orchard Road, the sign read "Closed" in honor of a beloved friend, partner, and co-founder, Georgia State Representative Quincy Murphy, who died at University Hospital after a battle with cancer.
"He leaves a legacy as I said wonderful public servant, in the highest sense, and we're going to miss him very, very much," says Doctor Lowell Greenbaum, who is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.
Murphy was born in Atlanta, in 1952. He served on the Richmond County Coliseum Authority before running for the General Assembly.
He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002, and was re-elected five times. The voters embraced his quiet competence.
"Quincy got elected because Quincy was always mild in his approach. He took it in a serious way. He was most effective that way, he got things done. He always tried to look out for Richmond County and the community," says political insider J.R. Riles, who worked on Murphy's campaigns.
Murphy represented Commissioner Alvin Mason, who says they were both friends and colleagues.
"The thing I liked about him...he went about his job quietly, with no fanfare...not seeking any media attention. He was very, very effective and very quiet...very approachable," said Mason.
"A very compassionate man, with high morality, which is not to be sneezed at in this political era that we're in," said Greenbaum.
Murphy was a successful politician, but one people respected and loved. "He was a person people loved because Quincy was always sincere. Most of the time, what he told you he was going to do, he would try to do it and try to get it accomplished," says Riles.
"We owe Quincy Murphy a debt of gratitude for the service he has given to this community, and we are at a great loss today," said Mason.
Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver had the following to say concerning Rep. Murphy, "Quincy Murphy was a good friend and a colleague who I will deeply miss. One of my fondest memories of Quincy was his referring to the new generation of leaders in Augusta as the Joshua Generation. He was a staunch believer in the City of Augusta and shared with me on many occasions how excited he was to see all the great things going on in the city that he loved. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Murphy family as they mourn the passing of a great man and a true public servant."
Paine College president George C. Bradley said, "Representative Murphy was a true friend and advocate for Paine College. His work and his legacy will always be remembered throughout our campus. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Murphy family."
Murphy is survived by his wife and two children. His death leaves a big portion of Augusta and Jefferson County without a state representative.
Richmnond County Board of Elections director Lynn Bailey says, under state law, it will be up to Governor Nathan Deal to call for a special election to elect a replacement.
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