Friday, Aug. 2, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Georgia Rep. Quincy Murphy has died, sources confirmed Friday.
Murphy, who would have turned 61 years old on Aug. 18, leaves behind his wife, Dianne Murphy, and his two children, Quincy Murphy III and Jennifer Murphy Morgan.
Murphy was born in Atlanta and raised in Edgefield County. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University.
According to the bio on his website, he was the president and CEO of Quincy Murphy and Associates and had been in the financial services business since 1979.
Murphy first took office in the Georgia General Assembly in 2002 and served on the Higher Education, Insurance and Transportation committees.
He also served as the board chairman of Augusta-Richmond County Communities and Schools.
According to his bio, he served as a board member for the Augusta/Richmond County Coliseum Authority, Care Management Consultants, the CSRA Business League, the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority and the United Way of Central Savannah River Area.
Murphy was a member of Augusta’s historic Tabernacle Baptist Church and was a deacon, the former trustee ministry chairman and the former church treasurer.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal released the following statement about Murphy's passing:
“Sandra and I were saddened to hear of Rep. Quincy Murphy’s death last night. He worked until the very end of life on behalf of his community and the state of Georgia. We appreciate his willingness to serve and will keep his family in our prayers this weekend.”
Today House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) released the following statement regarding the passing of State Representative Quincy Murphy (D-Augusta):
House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, released this statement:
“With the passing of Quincy Murphy today, the State of Georgia has lost a great leader, those he served in Augusta, Richmond County and Jefferson County have lost a tireless advocate, and I have lost a dear friend. Quincy Murphy spoke with a quiet but powerful voice on behalf of those whom he lifted up each day in his public service. Losing Quincy will leave a real void in the Georgia House of Representatives. I know that each member of the House joins me in expressing our sadness and sympathy to his family and friends.”
Sen. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, had the following to say:
“Today, while traveling out of the state I was deeply saddened to learn the news of Quincy's passing. Augusta and the State of Georgia has lost a good friend, mentor and family man who cared sincerely about those he served, his state and those who could not stand up for themselves. The loss of Rep. Murphy will be felt across the entire State of Georgia, as he was more than just a colleague in the legislature—he was simply ‘Q’. I will always remember Quincy’s steadfast dedication to his family, church and community. Evett and I send our prayers and condolences to the Murphy family during this time of mourning."
Statement from Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver:
"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."
Many in the Augusta community are speaking out about the legacy Murphy left behind.
"A true leader, you know, no matter how big or small the issue was," said local radio host Minnesota Fattz.
"He was a statesman; you know, you never saw him losing his cool or anything. So that calm, steady leadership for our city is something that I think will be his legacy for many years to come," said Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
News 12 will have more on Murphy's years of service and reaction from the community on News 12 First at Five.