He ran for office six times, but it was the last ride for Quincy Murphy...a man of faith, family, and service.
"He didn't run just to be a politician, he ran for that position to be a servant and he was a true public servant to the people of this community and the state of Georgia," said former State Representative Ben Allen, who was replaced by Murphy in the Georgia House of Representatives. Allen helped recruit Murphy to run.
It was a rousing send-off as hundreds crowded into historic Tabernacle Baptist Church to pay their last respects to Murphy and his family.
"We have lost a great pillar of this community, but his legacy will live on. Although we did not keep him here as long as we wanted to, but his legacy will live," said State Representative Gloria Frazier, who served with Murphy and called him a mentor.
It was a bipartisan show of support for Murphy. One of those paying tribute was the Republican Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston.
"I loved Quincy Murphy...a quiet man, a man of integrity, and a man of dignity," Ralston said.
Murphy had a deep love for his family: his wife Dianne, and their children, Quinn and Jennifer.
"We could have never asked for our mother a better husband, or my sister and I, a better father," said Quinn Murphy, who spoke to the congregation with his sister Jennifer at his side.
Quinn said his dad continued to work right up until his death last week.
"You see so much that he did and the compassion, the public servant mentality that he had, the team player. He's always been a team player," said State Representative Wayne Howard.
"The epitome of a great man, and Pastor Goodman said it, 'you have to be grounded in Jesus to do public work and help people'," said Frazier.
"I know Diane and his family are going to miss him, I know this community is going to miss him, I know Georgia is going to miss him," said Speaker Ralston.
Murphy was buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
State Rep. Murphy was a businessman in Augusta for many years.
He was in the insurance business from 1979 until his death. He was president of Quincy Murphy and Associates, which was an Allstate affiliate.
In his role as state representative, he served on several committees, including the Higher Education, Insurance, and Transportation Committees.
And, he was a deacon at Tabernacle Baptist Church, where he was a longtime member.
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