Murphy George remembered as "larger than life"

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Longtime philanthropist and community servant Murphy George died Thursday at the age of 82. Those who knew him best, say his tremendous contributions to his community will be greatly missed.

"Murphy had a presence just bigger than life," said Margi Preston, Family Crisis Center Executive Director.

A life that Murphy George spent dedicating to his community. "Murphy was the most important citizen in Lufkin," said Charlie Wilson, a close friend.

George touched, changed and inspired all sectors of life. "Without him, the Boys and Girls Club and many, many other charitable and worthy projects would never have been even begun, much less completed," said Wilson.

Friends said his compassion for people and his passion for life was his driving force. "Whatever service he was doing, it just thrived," said Preston. "Anything he touched turned golden."

Photos snapped throughout the years show a glimpse of his journey. Margi Preston said George paved his own path of success.

Financially, George found great success in the produce business.

"Just this morning a driver came by and set these out so these will be the best tomato I've [ever had]," said Trey Henderson, friend, as he choked back tears.

His profound impact is irreplacebale.

"Very, very horribly missed, very horribly missed," said Wilson.

"When you lose a Murphy George, you've lost a lot," said Henderson.

Visitation will be at Gipson's Funeral Home Saturday evening from 5-7. The funeral will be at 2:30 on Sunday at First Presbyterian in Lufkin.

©2009 KTRE. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.