Mourners pay their respects at James Brown statue

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
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December 25, 2006

AUGUSTA, Ga.---James Brown's death on Christmas is hitting especially hard for many of his fans right here in his hometown.

People came out to the James Brown Statue all day to pay their respects, bringing flowers, notes, and even a scarf that reads "Godfather of Soul".

All are overcome with emotion, mourning the loss of Augusta's own worldwide legend.

His voice made him famous, but the man behind the voice made James Brown a legend.

"I think he was a master," said Lois Hand. "I think he was an overachiever and an overcomer."

"We all loved James Brown," said David Moretz. "He was just a good man."

"James Brown's story is one about a guy who overcame adversity," said Mark Newell. "If you want something bad enough, you can achieve it, and James Brown proved that to the entire world."

The world appreciated his big voice through music. His hometown appreciated his big heart.

"You have to give in order to get. If you look at Christmas and Thanksgiving, he gave from his heart and that's the most important thing," said one fan.

"He has done a lot for the community and for music," said Moretz. "There was so much more he was going to do."

James Brown's legend of singing and giving is a legend that many vow will not die with his passing.

Brown spent so much time giving here in Augusta...but he did it in more ways than many of us even knew about. Today one homeless man stopped by to pay his respects and told me that he met Brown downtown while digging for cans to recycle for money, and Brown walked up and opened his wallet for him.

James Brown will truly be missed by all.

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