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July 13, 2009
July 13, 2009

Paul made every person at the table feel at once smarter, more charming and more humble. I'm proud of this Alabama brother. Susan, we'll miss him too.
July 13, 2009
Goodbye Paul. I always enjoyed catching up with you during the board meetings. One of my most memorable times was in Little River during our photo shoot for your story in the Auburn Magazine. I will never forget the tour in your Blazer and chance to watch you in action while you interviewed the locals. You had a way with people. I can still see you bent over the counter at Peanut Ferguson's grocery with your writer's notebook. I know you are telling great stories in heaven.
July 13, 2009
July 13, 2009

The last time I spoke to Paul was at Manuel Maloof's wake at Manuel's. I hope that we can send him off the same way. He would love it.

Paul emerged on the Atlanta scene during heady times, as Anne Rivers Siddons described so well in her book Downtown. As we head toward the 50th anniversary of the election of Ivan Allen as Mayor of Atlanta, Paul's name and many contributions will come up over and over.

To my former editor Susan, "Peace be with you."
July 13, 2009
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
July 13, 2009
Susan and family...My thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul was a wonderful and inspiring man!
July 13, 2009
Like countless others, I was inspired by Paul Hemphill's daily column in the Journal to become a newspaperman. His view of the South was an eye-opener for a far-away south Georgian, and the graceful way he told his stories made one want to be a writer..
July 13, 2009
It was indeed a privilege and honor to know such a passionate writer who enjoyed sharing his thoughts of life along his journey. Paul, you will be missed but never forgotten. Thank you for the legacy you have left behind. My prayers are with you Susan and your family.
July 13, 2009
Paul was a wonderful writer who loved the South, but was not about to overlook the region's many faults. His "Leaving Birmingham" and "Too Old to Cry" are masterpieces. I had the pleasure -- and yes, privilege -- of working with Paul on his book signing at the Governor's Mansion, and when he so generously gave his time and talent to the annual "Atlanta Writers in Concert," which benefits The Atlanta Community Food Bank.

I will miss him so much. Susan, my heart is with you and your family. The South is noted for our wonderful writers -- we have lost one of the best.
July 13, 2009
I remember meeting Paul for the first time when I was in high school, visiting my father, Heyward Siddons, and my stepmother Anne Rivers Siddons, back in the mid 1970s. He was a southern gentleman then and always was. I was fascinated by his knowledge of baseball, and also by the fact that he at one time was the sports information director at Florida State University in the 1960s, my alma mater.

Paul and Susan have always been wonderful friends of my family and he will truly be missed. I hope there's some minor league baseball and great country music in Heaven for him to write about.
July 12, 2009
I was a high school senior in Jackson, Ga. in 1968 when I started reading Paul's columns. I would cut them out of the Journal and read them over and over. I would save them in a box. I am sure there are hundreds like myself who went to journalism school in hopes of becoming another Paul Hemphill. My condolences to Susan and the family.

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Paul at Manuel's, with friend Mae Gentry.

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