to the bisher family our condolences from william a bishers, family
My condolences and best wishes to Jaime, Verónica and the entire Bisher family. Un abrazo,
This comes a bit late, but ... I worked all over the country for US Fish & Wildlife and always tried to get hold of a copy of the AJC soley for Mr. Bisher's columns. Condolences to the family and I imagine heaven is just a bit more pleasant these days.
To Lynda and the rest of the family: please accept my deepest sympathies. Romans15:33.
Hi Lynda and family: I miss Furman and wrote this piece about him. My prayers are with you. Love, Michelle Hiskey
The family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
To the entire Bisher family, I would desire that todays sports writers and announcers bring as much to the fans as your husband and dad. He made me a better person for his Thanksgiving Day column. We treasure his memory. I'm Thankful for Furman Bisher.
To Lynda with great memories of so many conversations with a true genius for sports and other selected stories. Last time I saw Furman was at a Braves game with 105 year old Bill Hargrove. They had a ball "talking ball." and as usual Furman took care to honor Bill. Such a fine southern gentle man in every scense of the word. We all have so many great "Bish" memories and no one was more beloved than Furman when it came to the Masters, Braves, well.... you name them. Don Vice
I treasure Furman's words in the paper and also have great memories of the Derby with Furman and Lynda. I'll always regret that ice storm during the Super Bowl week that kept us from seeing you both. With sadness, but great memories of Furman's merry presence.
I was a sports writer at the Constitution (1962-64) when I first met Furman. At a football game early in 1962, Furman sent me down to the field a couple of minutes before the game ended and later he chewed me out for not being at midfield when the two coaches would meet to shake hands. He was a great mentor and a master wordsmith with his column writing. As for my failure to catch the coaches' handshake after the game, he just explained "what if one of the coaches slugged the other one. That, not just the game, would have been your story."
As the youngest son of AJC sports writer Bill Robinson, I have fewer memories of Bisher than my fortunate siblings. But his presence made an indelible impression on me from a young age. Not only was he a master wordsmith, but a wonderful man and a gifted storyteller. He could command the attention of a room and hold it firmly, no matter how lengthy and tediously detailed the story. Thank God his legend is forever recorded in the annals of the Deep South and its rich sports heritage. He will be sorely missed but honorably kept alive by his grand talent and his kind heart.
We look forward to honoring your memory tomorrow. Such a great man and a great life!
Eric & Staci Bisher
I am one of the lucky ones who grew up in the church that Furman attended with his boys in Atlanta. After moving to Chicago as an adult, I always treasured seeing him back at Northwest Pres or sharing an email about the Braves. Love and condolences to Linda and Monte.
Lynda, children and grandkids, my deepest sympathy for all of you. I am sad too. Uncle Furman meant so much to all of us.
The brother of my father, Harold Bisher.
Sandra Bisher Boswell
I grew up reading Mr. Bishers Column in the AJC. I am now 70,residing in Nashville. Did not know of his passing until I got my copy of SI in the mail today. I am so sorry. May the Peace of the Lord, confort the Bisher family
I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Bisher. I worked at the AJC in the early '60s, and a few times was called upon to take dictation from him when he needed some letters typed. I'm glad I was given this opportunity to know him, and learn from him, as I knew nothing about sports at the time. I remember one in particular "Skywriters Tour", which he graciously explained.
He will be greatly missed.
My Deepest Sympathy to his family.
May God comfort you and give you strength.
To the family of Furman Bisher may God give you comfort and peace by means of prayer - Philipians 4:6,7. My deepest sympathy
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Bisher started at the AJC in 1950. I started in 1951 as a photographer. To this day I remember my first asasignment for him. What a guy!
You have my deepest sympathy and thanks for sharing Furman with so many of us.
With deepest sympathy to the Bisher family during your time of grief...Psalm 46:1...God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
I treasure the evenings we spent with Furman and his beloved wife, Lynda,at their home on the marshes of St. Simons. I will miss him so much and am honored to have had him in my life. He was not only the greatest writer I ever read, he was a great man.
"Do not you people be owing anybody a single thing, except to love another; for he that loves his fellow man has fulfilled the law." Romans 13:8
May the God of all comfort and peace be with your family.
My condolances to Lynda and the rest of the family. Furman was a dear friend and I will miss him.
He was a wonderful man who loved his wife and family very much! I saw him March 16th and he told me then that his wife, Lynda, was his Star! My condolences and may God bless the Bisher family.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
TO THE BEST EVER- A GREAT LOSS FOR US ALL
Praying for God to bring comfort and peace to the family during the coming days ahead.
Furman was a hero of mine growing up in the 60's..he was the reason I studied at the UGa journalism school...I loved his writing, but even more, I became his friend,through our relationship with the Braves...We have all lost a great writer, I have lost a great friend..I will miss you, Furman, May God keep you in his arms.
Growing up in south Georgia in the days when the AJC was delivered to our front door, I was raised on Bisher, Grizzard, and Outlar. Todays writers do not hold a candle. Another legand passes.
I worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly ten years in the sales & circulation department back in the 1980's.
One of the reasons the AJC was one of the fastest growing newspapers in America was their fantastic sports department.
Mr. Furman Bisher was a great writer who had many, many fans. I enjoyed working with him and reading his columns.
When I was very young my Dad always spoke of Grantland Rice with reference as a great sports journalist. He was a little before my time. Mr. Bisher replaced the legendary Ed Danforth as sports editor of the Journal. For my generation Mr. Bisher was the greatest sports journalist of them all. I missed his columns greatly when he retired. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Let's hope he is somewhere with Bobby Dodd and some of the old Crackers he loved to write about.
As a journalist, just one of the immortals.
FURMAN WE WENT TO YOUR AND MONTYNE'S WEDDING. LOVED YOUR CHILDREN. U WILL BE MISSED. JO HOUGHTON SAUTEE, GEORGIA
I had so much respect for Furman Bisher's work. The column I couldn't wait to read was his Thanksgiving column where he always found a way to move me with the everyday things in life that we take for granted. Furman showed how each of these little miracles are the important things in life and how we should be grateful. I will miss him very much.
Uncle Furman, you will always be in our fondest memories. I cherish our little talks about family and friends. I know that you hated to leave Lynda but think of all of the people that met you as you entered Heaven. Give each of them one of those big hugs and tell them I love them. Miss you. Ann
As a native Atlantan, I read Furman Bisher's column almost from the day he started.
I once criticized him for not devoting a whole column to Ted Williams' retirement. Later he did and it was one of his great columns.
And now a praise from another great writer: "He was a man, take him for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again." (Shakespeare)
One of the thing that made Furman Bisher great was the love of his family and friends in his home town of Denton, NC. He never forgot where he came from and what his family stood for.
Several yeaars ago when he was installed in the Denton (now) South Davidson Hall of Fame, he was very emotional.
Although 20 some years apart, we had shared the same first grade teacher. Mrs. Lala Feezor Smith always said he was the smartest child she ever taught, which told me where I stood. Furman kept in touch with her as long as she lived and would ofter visit with her when he was home. I extend my sincere sympathy to his entire family.
Jack Briggs, Denton, NC
Furman gave me my first job and inspired me throughout my own career as a sports editor/sports columnist.
There is one thing Furman did far better than anyone else who ever practiced his craft: write Southern dialect.
You can just hear the words jump off the page, as in this piece on a legendary baseball scout named Tubby Walton:
"I got a boy can hit a curve ball," Bird (Hope, Fulton High coach) said.
"Ain't no boy can hit a curve ball, Bird."
"This boy kin. Look a little like a Indian and kin hit a curve ball."
He could. His name was Luke Appling, and if you're too young to remember him, look up his record.
God bless furman a great guy,with great stories,with class facts ,with a great heart, to help others,god bless you your friend jj jones.
This 65 year old grew up always looking forward to reading any Furman Bisher column! His technigue was unique. His passion for life and sports always showed. I also always looked forward to those Sunday college football shows. He and the panel not only reviewed what had happened the previuous day, but they prepared you for the action happening the following Saturday! What great writers were around in his era, but he was always the shining star. Left with many memories....and knowing that Heaven just got a great writer!
I enjoyed reading Furman Bisher's columns. Just holding a newspaper with printed words gives a person a sense of connection and of humanity. With today's electronic media, there is a loss of that connection. I will miss Furman Bisher and how he connected to his readers.
RIP, Mr. Bisher. As a wannabe sports writer, I have always tended to be critical of columnists. But he was one for which I rarely had complaint. A true Southern Gentleman...you will be missed!
Mr. Bisher was the best ever - that includes any period since the first sportswriter. One of his best columns ever was his patriotic column published in the AJC July 3, 2005 - any American will feel rich for reading that column. And all of Mr. Bisher's Thanksgiving and Christmas columns will forever be treasures.
Fred - Tate, ga
The azeleas and dogwoods are already in full bloom in "Amen Corner", now we know why. We will miss you greatly Furman!
As a 62 year-old native Atlantan, I have read Mr. Bisher's columns since I was a kid. I especially enjoyed his "Im Thankful" columns. They have been a Thanksgiving morning tradition for me for decades - so much so that I once wrote my own "I'm Thankful" column. One of the entries was "I'm thankful for Furman Bisher's 'I'm Thankful' column" Rest in peace, Furman. Selah.
Please accept my condolences and know that God's promise of sickness being no more will come true, in the near future. God is also close to those who are broken at heart therefore please do not forget the power of prayer.
I remember when Furman was inducted into the National Sportswriters and Sportcaster Association Hall of Fame. Lewis Grizzard was the breakfast prsenter, and I dare say, no induction will ever come close to that one. A great gentleman; a great life lived.
As a native Atlantan, you've been there all of my life! Rest in Peace and God's comfort to your family!
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your dear love one and read God's many promises to put an end to all our pain, suffering an swallow up death forever!
when it came to sports, Furman Bisher was the word. If he said it, you could take it to the bank.
I helped arrange the Furman Bisher
Lefties Only Golf Tourneys in Atlanta. It was unique to arrive at the golf course and see on the driving range all golfers standing on what we would point out is the correct side of the ball. Furman was a special person -- at such an event or writing important and enjoyable sports columns or just chatting. He and Lynda were a perfect pair.
Retired Public Relations Manager
Ford Motor Company
To the family of Mr. Boaz, may God's word give you strength and comfort to cope during this difficult time. (Isaiah 12:2) My deepest condolences.
Furman without doubt was one of the all-time great writers. He was one of my mentors when I was a young ball writer in the South. He was a true and great gentleman, a superior writer and a companionable colleague.
When I lived in Charlotte, I loved the Observer's Ron Green (now retired) a Bisher disciple - his book, "Shouting at Amen Corner" is a must for any golfer's bookshelf - who reminded us yesterday in a tribute that Mr. Bisher had been covering the Masters for SIXTY years. Ron ended the tribute with these words. "The picture will not be complete without him. That seat he always occupies in the press room will be empty and some beautiful words will go unwritten". Indeed
Selah Mr. Bisher and thank you for being you.
Furman Bisgher Family:
I am sorry for your loss. Death occurs everyday, but we as humans NEVER get use to it. May friends, family, fond memories and our Heavenly Father be of comfort to you during this time of grief.
The AJC lost the best thing they ever had when Furman retired as he was the greatest sports writer ever,period. Joe E. Brown
Mr. Bisher provided so much to readers of his columns. First thing I looked for in the paper was his column. Godspeed to one of the great gentlemen in the sports world, and a front row Hall of Famer in every sports Hall of Fame.
May Our Heavenly Father comfort you all during this time of deep sorrow.
My father introduced me to Mr. Bisher's column when I was a child. As with many other people, it became my favorite part of the paper. Given the great joy and satisfaction I felt when reading Mr. Bisher's work, saying "Thank You" seems inadequate, but it comes from the heart. Selah!
May the family and friends find comfort from our God and Father. Romans 15:33
My condolences to the family in your time of loss. Know that you can throw your burdens on God for he cares for you. Psalms 55:22
I've been reading Mr. Bisher's work almost since I learned to read. I loved his inspiring stories of the small town boys who became our heroes, whether it was Choo Choo Justice of UNC or Clint Castleberry of Ga Tech. I was always confused as a kid about the word he used to end his columns, "Selah", which is Biblical but untranslated. To a child's mind, it became "See yah". I hope one day to "See yah" Mr. Bisher. You were a great man.
I have enjoyed reading his columns since I was in high school the 1970's. His legacy and influence will live on long after he's gone.
MY SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF BISHER. IT IS COMFORTING TO KNOW THAT DEATH IS NOT THE WILL OF OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, OUR LOVING CREATOR. (ROM.5:12)
Dear Ole Dad - You were my war hero, coach, voice of reason and the greatest father ever... and a pretty good writer, too.
They may as well cancel this year's Masters Tournament. Losing Furman Bisher on the heals of Jim Huber just takes away a huge chunk of the beauty that makes this majestic tournament a symbol of tranquility in an otherwise rough and tumble world. My Lord, what will we read? A tremendously sad day for those of us who love the past and the glory of the morning newspaper (with no internet). Mr. Bisher, please say hello to Jesse, Jim and Larry. What a difficult year for those of us left to mourn (I feel like I've aged ten years in six months). Godspeed and may the angel of sportswriters be there to welcome you to a place more beautiful than even Augusta National! Condolences and prayers to the family.
I have often said that Atlanta is the greatest city in the world. One of the reasons was that for decades, over coffee, one could read the prose of this great man. What a wonderful way to start the day! Selah, you will be missed!
Mr. Bisher called it as he saw it without fear of contradiction. He knew his craft, and he knew sports.
Mary Catherine joins me in sending or heartfelt condolences. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
My condolences to Furman's family. The greatest sportswriter now gets to join my favorite baseball announcers, Ernie and Skip, plus Lewis Grizzard. Man what a team!
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Thank you, Mr. Bisher, for writing the best sports columns I have ever read--and ever will read. Until we can read them again, Selah.
Furman Bisher was a legend in his own time and he stood head and shoulders above his contemporaries. No man can live forever, but a select few can endure in cherished public memory long after their mortality. Furman Bisher shall be such a man.
As a ex Braves bat boy,Furman knew more about baseball than any manager in the league.Loved the man,still do.
My Dad long ago pointed to Furman Bisher as an exemplar of excellent writing. Thank you, sir, and my sincere condolences to your family.
Jeff Hullinger always insisted on calling Furman Bisher, "Mr. Bisher" out of respect to the man's enormous contribution to the world of sports journalism. I did the same on those rare occasions when I was fortunate enough to have an audience with him. Thanks Jeff for the good example, and thanks Mr. Bisher for taking me out to the ballgames---even when I couldn't be there in person.
I grew up reading the Atlanta papers as a child. And my favorite writer was Furman Bisher. I continued to read his articles through out his career. One of my favorite was his annual Thanksgiving articles. I always looked forward to reading them.
We lost a great sports legend yesterday. Growing up in baseball I learned to read his column every day. Am sure my dad will greet him at the pearlie gates so that they can catch up on the Atlanta Braves and the other teams around Atlanta. God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
A great writer,editor, and author has passed on. My condolence goes out to the Bisher family.
From him, I learned there was magic as well as work in writing -- because he was a wizard at it. I am grateful to have been one of his "boys." My wife and I share the sorrow of thousands at his passing.
I had the honor of working with Mr. Bisher for a few years at the AJC. I don't think he ever wrote a bad column. He was one of the greats in sports journalism. He will be missed.
My sincerest condolences go out to Mr. Bisher's family. While I never met him, I am an ardent reader of this man's gift from the Almighty...the ability to express himself and his ideas in an unbelievably "down to earth" and quite reasonable manner. What a joy it has been through the years to read and to contemplate his thoughts on so many matters...including his "Thankfulness". I envy the many of you who knew and loved him personally, because as sure as the world, if I had known him I believe I would've loved him too. Each time I read his articles and books and enjoy his wit and wisdom, he reminded me of my own father, who "introduced" me as an 8 year old to Mr. Bisher, by handing me the Sunday Morning Atlanta Journal Constitution Sports Section and saying: "Son, read what this man writes; it makes sense and it'll make ya think. I think you'll like him." It did...I did and never stopped. “Thank you Lord for allowing us to have this man to enjoy.” May the Lord grant your family peace in this time of loss. With the utmost honor and respect I quote: “selah”
In my opinion...his best column was entitled..."what about the 5'8" biology major"...he was a great read!!!! Always looked forward to his columns!!!
I am so sorry for your lost. May you and your family rely on God in this time if grief.
One of the all time greats, especially that Thanksgiving Day Column. The story about the typewriter brought a smile to my face, my Dad died four years ago and he used his typewriter to the end. God be with you.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Furman Bisher will truly be missed. My heart goes out to the family. Trust in God to carry you through your grief. Ps. 116:15. He will sustain you in your time of sorrow. Hold on to those dear memories as they become more precious in the days to come.
I worked for the Atlanta Constitution, not the Journal ('74-'77), but I got to know Furman some during my time in Atlanta and always found him to be friendly, helpful and a gentleman. I admired and envied his way with words. A good deal of sports history and memories passed with him yesterday. May he rest in peace.
My condolences to the Bisher family. May you find comfort in prayer at this time of bereavement. Psalms 65:2
As a sports journalist for 40 years, I began by admiring the artistry of Furman Bisher, then later we became running mates at the Masters, Wimbledon, Kentucky Derby, Olympics and other grand events o the world...and we became friends who enjoyed conversing, debating and recollecting...Furman impacted hundreds of journalists...he commented on generations of sports--pros, colleges and notably golf and horse racing...I agreed in a phone conversation with Edwin Pope, a splendid writer for the Miami Herald who knew Bisher more than 60 years, that neither of us thought Furman would ever die...he seemed eternal...we all will miss him and I cannot imagine the Masters media building without Bisher.
(retired St. Petersburg Times columnist)
Furman was a true Southern gentleman and we will miss him. He was an ardent supporter of Shoeless Joe Jackson being removed from MLB's ineligible list and we were always grateful for his commentary about Joe.
SHOELESS JOE JACKSON MUSEUM AND BASEBALL LIBRARY
I love you Furman!! I have played, talked and ruminated with this great man. I will miss him and his column. I look forward to hugging you again my friend someday!!
I have written a blog about my remembrances of covering sports with Furman. He was a great writer and a wonderful human being. www.gmckill.blogspot.com
I will miss reading the descriptive story telling by the best sports writer in the country. In my own humble writings I constantly tried to emulate him and always failed miserably.
Georgia Golf News
My earliest memories of reading as a child in North Georgia, other than in school, are reading Furman Bisher's accounts of Atlanta Cracker baseball games during the 1950's in the Journal. I well remember lines over box scores such as, "Tagged by Montag," and "Tanned by Tanner." I have felt blessed to be able to read Mr. Bisher's columns for practically all of my life. His Thanksgiving column was always the first thing I turned to on that day. We are all fortunate that he was on this earth for so many years, and during our lifetimes. He will be truly missed.
Furman's friendship & support during my 16 years in Atlanta was one of the joys of living there in the 60's & 70's, as was his brillant mind and astonishing talent to create pictures and events with words from his fertile and decent thought process. He belongs with the best writers of his era!
I am gratiful to have known him...and to have read him. Furman was "Hall of Fame" in many categories!
In loving memory of a wonderful person. Monte my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Simply, he was the best writer of the 20th century. He was what made the AJC
You were the greatest - say hello to Dad & Lewis for me.....
A mighty pen in the world of sports has been stilled. Rest in peace, Furman Bisher ... and may God's Hand touch those friends and family members who remain.
Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune
Wow! Hard to believe we will never read another article of his! He brought you along with him to the sporting event and made you laugh and enjoy it while making you feel such a part of it all. A pure talent and a prince of a man.
Sadness of sorrow
The life time
Achievment of a Writer
inside a Inspired Journalist
Our condolences to the BISHER Family
And all the friends in his life time'
In the video clip you said you hoped your legacy would be what you wrote. No, Furman, your legacy is made up of the thousands and perhaps millions of lives you touched by sharing your wisdom and your vitality and your character which came through to us along with your words. We knew all along you brought a special gift. You blessed us with it, and we thank you for it.
This may be the final profile on the great Furman Bisher. In it he explains "selah." RIP to a great writer and a better man.
Linda, all our family here in St Simons will miss him and send our prayers for you and family. God Bless!
The memorial service for Furman Bisher will be at Northwest Presbyterian Church in Atlanta on Saturday, 24 March, at 1PM in the sanctuary. All are invited to attend and celebrate the amazing life of our dear friend and colleague.
May God help your family in this time of lost.
I looked forward to reading his sports story. I never liked golf, but was enjoyed his knack explaining the nuances. He never got his tongue stuck in the roller of a typewriter.
i grew up reading the writing of Mr. Bisher. He was part of the AJC as long as I can remember. He will be missed. Truly a journalistic legend.
My father, Bob Christian, was a friend and colleague in the "good ol' days" at the Journal. Though before my birth, the tales (and they were tales) that my father shared about those times were a big part of my growing up.
When my dad died almost 9 years ago, Mr. Bisher wrote the most beautiful article in the J-C about him. It hangs in my home where I reflect on both my dad and his wonderful friend often.
My godfather, Jim Minter, said it well: He never wrote a bad column!
My deepest sympathies to the entire Bisher family.
May the family and friends find peace from the God of comfort. Romans 15:33
When I was a young fella, my dad would save the Journal for me each night and I would clip out Furman's columns and save them. 10 years later I started working at the AJC and Furman graciously gave me the honor of knowing him -- and it was an honor. It probably never occurred to him that he was larger than life to us, but he was.
Professionally he could be pretty tough, but I am certain his high standards are what made us good in the 1980s. We were scared of him, afraid to incur the wrath of Furman. But actually I think we knew he was fair and what we were scared of was letting him down.
We all were awed by his writing but we all quickly became much more awed by the man.
If anyone from his family reads this, I want you to know that a lot of us AJC sports veterans know we benefited a great deal professionally and personally from Furman's excellence, drive and wisdom. He built something we were lucky to be a part of, and make no mistake, he built it. We appreciate that, we haven't forgotten that and won't, and we won't forget Furman.
One of the best friends my Dad ever had...rest in peace...
A great sports writer, gentleman, just a walking sports hisory book...good bye and farwell. May God give the Bisher family peace and comfort. Furman Bisher you will be greatly missed. John Jarrard, Hampton, Georgia
As a young man growing up in Griffin, Georgia, I learn to read by reading the Consitution every day and the writings of Mr. Bisher. I also remember seeing him during football season on the writers show on WSB-TV. I always loved sports, especially baseball and college football, and he helped to deepen that love with his words. God bless him and be with his family. He was a great man.
A good southern man. A friend to the great Bobby Dodd, and a friend to Georgia Tech. The voice of Atlanta for over 50 years. A wonderful writer, who not only could paint a picture but also created an atmosphere. When I didn't care about golf, I'd read his Masters column and I'd be mesmerized.
Enjoy catching up with Coach Dodd
He provided so many great moments to me while reading the sports page. Another legend is gone. Certainly the Masters won't be the same. May you rest in peace Mr. Bisher and may the Lord comfort your family and friends in this sad time.
The newstech Staff at the AJC can share a lot of stories about walking Mr. Bisher through troubleshooting his computer problems....but I personally will hold on to the memory of our last discussion just before the holidays. Furman had called me in frustration over not receiving his emails on time. I walked him through resolving the issue in just a matter of minutesand he thanked me numerous times. He was such a class act and I will miss his pop-up phone calls and his wonderful stories. Rest in peace my friend. God has set your deadline...a job well done.
A great man.. condolences to his family.
Furman was one of America's great sports writers -- in the company of Will Grimsley, Fred Russell, Red Smith, Jim Murray, Ben Byrd, et al.
His command of the language and feel for the human element of a story were unmatched. He was my friend and mentor during my days with The Associated Press in the 1960s, and he frequently appeared on my radio show, even on a hectic Saturday at the Masters. We often reminisced about our mutual friend, Bobby Dodd. Furman was the best.
Our firm has handled the Bisher family's income tax returns and other tax matters for over 60 years. I was lucky enough to have dealt with Furman personally for over 35 of those years and it has been quite a ride. He could be tough at times ( generally concerning the size check he had to write at year end) but we always remained friends at the end of the day. I will be forever grateful for the visit to the Red's locker room years ago when they played the Braves during the heyday of the "Big Red Machine" and the personal visit with Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and others. My two sons and I have never forgotten it. The Masters tickets that showed up at my office over the years were always appreciated as well. Most of all though, I am grateful for his friendship as well as that of Lynda. My dad , who died last year , was one of his classmates at Chapel Hill. I guess they are now reminiscing. Selah Furman.
Mike Turlington, Partner, Turlington and Company, LLP , Lexington, NC
A southern gentleman. A member of the greatest generation. A one of a kind writer. I looked forward to every Masters week and every Thanksgiving to receive his words and outlook. I had the great fortune to live 54 years in Altanta and to learn my love of sports from the likes of Furman Bisher, Jesse Outlar, Jim Minter and Lewis Grizzard. Furman Bisher you will be missed by all of who called who were blessed to hear your words.
For what's it's worth: The greatest
sportswriter of all time has passed away.
His columns were always full of humor and
nostalgia. He'll be missed. Name of the
week? Furman Bisher. May the Lord bless
his family at this time. Lance DeLoach,
He wrote a classic column about Coach
Jim Cavan in the 70s or 80's that I
still have!! "I'm thankful" I got to
know him through his columns!
I have been reading Mr. Bisher's articles for quite a few years now and have always enjoyed them. AJC just lost a great writer and I'm sure he was an amazing person. RIP Furman Bisher!
Rest In Peach, Furman . . . selah.
I too share your loved ones name. That's. My first. Name. And. I am a afro-american.my condolences. To you and yours at this time.
After one of the AJC re-orgs, I had the honor of moving to a location just outside his office. We got to know each other and he even called me when I was downsized. It meant so much to me. RIP Mr. Bisher.
In an age of journalism that has been reduced to tweets, rumors and anonymous sources. Mr. Bisher and his typewriter coined some of the most historic articles written in the sporting world. The last of the Great American Journalists has passed. You will be missed -selah
I loved Furman Bisher. His column on the things he was thankful for on Thanksiving was one I looked forward to. I will miss him greatly.
Mr. Bisher was a contemporary of my father's, a former president of the GA Press Association, and fellow left handed golfer. Dad came up with the idea to host a left-handed golf tournament and Furman gladly offered his name and prominence to the event's title. They raised thousands of dollars for scholarships at Clayton State University doing what Mr. Bisher loved -- raising money and helping people! God Bless!
God bless and be with the family. I plan to see Mr. Bisher in heaven one day. He was the best. I read Mr. Bisher from the early 60's as a kid in Monroe until he reitred.
His best: all were great but my favorites were the Thanksgiving articles- "I'm Thankful". Always underststed and not mainstream sports, but always meaningful in a special way.
In the modern politically correct world there will probably never be anyone like him again.
I will always remember Furman's presence at our annual meeting of the Georgia State Golf Association....He was a true legend.
Your columns were a genuine delight, especialy your Thanksgiving ones, and you were always a gentlemen of class. Rest in Peace, Mr. Bisher
Furman Bisher, John Logue, Jim Minter, Jesse Outlar and Lewis Grizzard were all great southern sports writers enjoyed and loved in our house, but Mr. Bisher was the standard bearer as well as being a man of class. May God bless the Bisher family.
Having lived my entire life in Alanta and being a sports fan, I looked forward to reading Furman's words every day and especially on Thanksgiving Day. He is and was a true Atlanta icon and will be missed. He and I shared a love for the greatest sports event in the world....The Masters. Selah, Furman.
My father was editor of the Journal during much of Bisher's career. I had the pleasure of meeting Furman, and he is/was all that you hear, plus an added dimension. His work will never be equalled. Selah.
Furman knew how to weave his words together to not only get his thoughts onto paper but to have them entertain and speak to the reader. He was a truly great writer and will be missed!
Let us endeavour so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.(Mark Twain)
The last great american sportswriter! there will never be another like him!
While not a sports fan, I enjoyed Mr. Bisher's columns, and had the great pleasure of doing a couple of book signings for him at the old Chapter 11 Bookstores. He was a true gentleman in the best sense of that word, and a delight to talk with.
The passing of another legend, another unique and gifted soul. Furman Bisher's columns were part of the fabric of my memories beginning in childhood. We looked forward to his columns in the newspaper back when there was still a little competition in the media. Farewell, you've done enough here on earth. Thank you. Thanks for the memories and conversation inspired by your words. Say hey to my parents.
Lynda - Our hearts and prayers are with you. Another GREAT man will be missed ! Linda and Wayne Flemister
A wonderful and knowledgeable man. I read his column my whole life up until he retired. Like Larry Munson, there will never be another one like him. A part of my life will never be the same.
R.I.P. Mr. Bisher
ATLANTA HAS LOST A LEGEND. I ENJOYED HIS THANKSGIVING ARTICLES WHAT HE WAS THANKFUL FOR. WILL MISS THOSE THE MOST
RIP AND GOD BLESS.
Mr.Bisher set the standard in Southern sports writiing in my opinion. An old buddy of mine; Tim Ellerbee was greatly influenced by Mr.Bisher's writtings from the 60's and 70's. My respects to the Bisher family. We need more writers like him.
I always enjoyed reading yoru columns and was very sad the day you retired. There will never be another sports writer like you. May you rest in peace.
Back in the 60s and my teen years, Furman's columns were often the bridge that allowed my Dad and me to communicate. In the service in the 70s, my Dad's letters always included clipped out copies of Furman's columns. Lewis Grizard said it all when he wrote "Furman was Right!"
May he rest in peace.
a man all could respect he told us how it was in sports with a voice that was clear and firm thanks furman for the years giving the people of atlanta a view of sports few would be able to see
Having lived in the Atlanta area for 6 years in the 80s, Furman Bisher was always a must read during those years. Atlanta and the sports writing business have lost a true giant.
A true class act and legendary sports writer. There will never be another like him.
I was lucky enough to know Furman for nearly 40 years. He was obviously a talented man but an extraordinarily nice one as well. Thanksgiving morning will never be quite the same for me.
always Thankful for your " Thanksgiving " colume .
Having a family member, who aspired and achieved his goals was motivational. My grandfather's little brother, Furman was proof not only to my family but to the town of Denton (NC), that good things can come from small places, and you should never fail to dream big, while grounding yourself in hard work. My great grandmother and grandfather rooted all 4 of their children in these values and Furman saw the world by putting those lessons to practice. God's speed Uncle and thanks for showing us the path.
linda, sorry to hear about furman.he was a great man and we will miss him. sylvia and charles harrison
Furman Bisher will live forever in the
world of sports journalism. When he wrote a column, you knew exactly what he was thinking/saying. Furman's columns should be required reading for every young sportswriter. As a friend, he was the best and we have many fond memories of our times with him and his wonderful wife, Lynda. God bless to all in the family. We love you.
As anoher ex-sports writer, Bisher hired me at the Charlotte News , then before the date came, he acepted the job in Atlanta, so I went to work for his Charlotte News succesor, Bob Quincy...although no longer a writer, I have found Bish's writing so meaningful during the ensuing years...His passing is sad, but his legacy will live on and on...From: Earl Kelley
Thank you Mr. Bisher for your fine work in sports journalism! You, Jesse Outlar, and Harry Mehre...were the sports writers I grew up with back in the golden (mine anyways) days of college football 60's and 70's! Your sports journalism...."Covered Dixie, like the Dew!" May God bless your memory and your family. Thanks Mr. Furman for coming our way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sound Bites, short texts, facebook entry's and twitter: all top 40 tunes compared to his symphonies. Furman Bisher was a wordsmith, a master of prose whose phrases brought color to the newsprint; a storyteller whose lyrical rhythms were as sweet as Bobby Jones' swing, whose facts were as straight as Slammin' Sammy's drives, and whose opinions were always pin high. We miss you already, but Henry, Ralph and Jesse are waiting on the tee, Godspeed you home, Mr. Bisher, you were the best a journalist could ever hope to be.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the Bisher family. A gifted writer and a true Southern Gentleman.
Nelson, Delores and Deborah Williams, Peachtree City, GA
R.I.P Mr Bisher. We were fortunate to have you in lives through your writing skills. You took me on many journeys that this country boy never could have imagine possible.
We have lost one of the great wordsmiths of all-time! I was so lucky to have known Furman. His work on paper was only surpassed by the greatness of his personality. I'll never forget his warmth and thoughtfulness to this young whippersnapper in Atlanta some 40 years ago. There is one heck of a sports media team being assembled in Heaven.
Bisher never backed into a sentence in his writing life. He also never backed out of a legitimate confrontation. He helped bring major league baseball to Atlanta ten years before it would have gotten there. Writing for him was not easy. I felt him looking over my shoulder, from 1957-67. Stir them up in the After Life. Peace
Furman, "Covered Dixie Like The Dew"...
What a loss. But he leaves an example for us to emulate. A good gentleman whose words I read while I was growing up in East Point, and I turn 60 this year.
Bless his heart and his family. God will enjoy Heaven's sports page so much more now. Selah.
We've lost a true icon of sports journalism . I loved the annual " What I'm thankful for " column on Thanksgiving- thanks for all the great memories Furman .
Furman was the best.RIP and keep em in the fairway..
Whether he was writing about Bear Bryant, Furman University, or his impressions of Augusta National, you always could sense his true feelings on the subject-bless you Furman Bisher for all the lovely articles you provided us in your fabulous career and the many things you were thankful for in your life--may you rest in peace for all the meaningful prose you supplied us, your loyal readers.
Atlanta was incredibly lucky to have sports writers like Ed Danforth, Jesse Outlar and Furman Bisher. I grew up reading them every day, and my life is the richer for it. My sympathies to the family, and my thanks to Mr. Bisher.
To Family of Furman Bisher we sorry for you lost be knowin he in heaven with skip and ernie johnson talkin baseball and those orange barrel's onI285 again..you were the AJC and be forever always
Furman, I was proud to work with you for 35 years.
to my old scout friend jamie,sorry for the loss of your dad,he will be missed by many..joe shepherd,pagosa springs colorado
I could never figure out why Furman treated me with such kindness -- whether it was talking about Joe Jackson at an Atlanta bookstore, or in the press center at Augusta National -- but I'm forever glad he did. My sympathies to his family and friends. He was the last of something.
One of my greatest memories is when Mr. Bisher wrote about me after I sang the National Anthem at a Hawks game. Just knowing that he noticed me brought so much joy to my family, friends and me.
Mr. Bisher...thank you for all that you've done. We celebrate your life and pray that you spirit rises to the angels!! Peace be always with you!!
"The Singing Beer Man"
I am sorry to hear of your loss. May the comfort of family, friends and heavenly father bring you peace at this time.
Rest In Peace Mr. Bisher. You were missed when you retired from calling the "DOGS" games. You will be even more missed now. But I really wish there was some way to broadcast the first football between The Heavenly Angels versus the Demons from He::. That will be some game to hear.
My condolences to Mr Bishers Family. May The Lord Bless and Keep You in His Loving Embrace. Always hold dear the knowledge that your loved one is with the Lord and you will see him again soon.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.
I so enjoyed reading Furman's articles. RIP my friend, you will be missed.
I grew up reading your columns on sports and life, and they influenced me to love sports; and to love the beauty of the written word.
One of the best. Will miss him and his Thanksgiving message. Thank you Furman.
I read his column for over fifty years and enjoyed it immensely. It is hard to forget the great days of newspaper sportswriting and Atlanta was blessed to have two (Jesse Outlar, the other) of the best and most conscientuous columnists around. We won't see this day come around again. And it is missed!
Thanks for all the great stories, articles, and the legacy of sports journalism
I will miss him. Great writer
A wordsmith of a special order, Bisher's sensitive - or as needed, pointed - prose always was worth the read. One of the greats of the game. Selah. -30-
Family, food, football, and Furman forever.
Thanks for giving to us.
Ol' friend, I followed your career from the very first and you will be sorely missed. Rest in peace. Selah.
He was simply the best!
Dear Furman Bisher You live a long life workin as ajc sports writer for many years of service.May u find peace and love now with god and family too...Thanks for being atlanta true sportsman for ever!
My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Furman's family tonight. During my eight years as a sports writer/columnist at the AJC (1989-97), he generously shared his knowledge and offered his kindness and support. He was a mentor, colleague, friend, and funny as hell. And, of course, he was a writer extraordinaire.
With love, Ailene Voisin.
My condolences to the Bisher family. I pray God's blessings on all of you now and in the days ahead. Mr. Bisher was in a class all his own in every way imaginable. I remember reading a story in his book "Strange But True Baseball Stories" when I was in the 7th grade, (1972-73)and that story was about Charley Ridgeway and Joe Louis Reliford of the 'Fitzgerald Pioneers' which was a team in the old Georgia/Florida Baseball League many years before. I well knew Mr. Ridgeway, who was sports director at the small AM radio station in Fitzgerald Georgia, which was my hometown. When Mr. Ridgeway died a few years ago I sent an email to Mark Bradley of the AJC and asked him to pass it along to Mr. Bisher. I was surprised when I got an email from Mr. Bisher a couple of days later, thanking me for letting him know about Charley Ridgeway passing away, and then he gave me the hi-lites of that great story from his book. That email is still in my posession and always will be. I appreciate Furman Bisher and the gentleman that he was, not to mention the great writer... but everyone who ever read a Furman Bisher column knew that. Again, my condolences to you and God bless all of you.
R.I.P. Mr.Furman Bisher. I always enjoyed our chats about Horse racing and what would and would not work for Atlanta. As a kid, I fell in love with racing because of his columns about the Kentucky Derby. Always a gentleman with a wit and charm that all should set as an example in their own writing.
I have read his articles since I was six years old. He was and will always be a legend. My sincere condolences to the friends and family. He will be missed, but will live forever through the magnificent words he wrote.
Sitting on a grassy hill, with a reporter's notebook writing his story. This was at "Preacher" Clackums' ballfield, a mom and pop field for kids in the 50's and 60's out around west Cobb County. This must have been 1955 because I was just beginning to play ball. I have remembered this all these years of a damn good sportswriter. RIP.
I always looked forward to his Thanksgiving articles. I am thankful that his writing became part of my life. Thank you.
Goodbye to a great writer and a great human being. He was an inspiration for decades to the many fine writers who passed through the AJC.
I read Furman's columns for more or less 45 years; I always thought of him as a gifted writer who happened to be interested in sports, not the other way around.
Every important column--those which really elicited the strongest passions from him--evoked a new contribution to Southern literature. He was calming in his perspectives and as erudite as the occasions called for.
I once asked him how he could cover the Masters with the ever increasing crowds very year; "I do what I have to" he answered "it isn't the same--then again what is"? That comforted me--the thoughts and the calm acceptance.
Selah to you Furman and God's speed too.
Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. It will never be the same without your column.
Let me take a minute to step into the glass cage of memory and to say it all mattered. A great adventure, it was. Tommie and I weep in sorrow over the loss of a remarkable man and dear friend.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bisher on a couple of occasions. He was a hero of mine and many. A true talent and gentleman. Selah.
I have known Furman Bisher for nearly 40 years. I always kidded him about his picture in the press room at Augusta National where he was an honest to God institution. Every time I would see Furman in the Braves press lounge, he always had an exuberant "Hello John!", and a kind word or two. We sat together at Skip's funeral a few years back...a VERY sad day. This is ALSO a VERY sad day...a GIANT has passed. Furman...say hello to Huber when you see him. I'll miss you.
I am fortunate to have grown up in an era before the internet, where the written word was the only word. There were no editorial partners, links, etc. only wonderful journalism. Mr. Bisher was one of the top sportswriters of all time and I was privileged to have been the recipient of his writings via his manual typewriter for 45+ years....selah
More than 20 years ago-when I was first married- my lovely new bride threw away one of my most prized posessions. I remember this event being rather silly to her... afterall, it was just an old t-shirt. The problem was that it proclaimed to the world that " I BEAT BISHER". Fifteen years earlier, as a ten year old, I did actually beat Mr. Bisher and I wore that shirt with pride to school every chance I got! I loved reading Mr. Bisher - in fact, I can honestly say that he was the sole reason I subscribed to the AJC for years. I will certainly shed a tear (again) for Mr Bisher when I open the paper this Masters' season as well as this Thanksgiving to find it lacking his wonderful prose. Rest In Peace, Furman Bisher ... From a True Fan.
Being a "son of the south," I have enjoyed Mr Bisher's columns for many years. I would like to think that he is now heading up the heavenly editorial department...
I began reading the Atlanta Journal sports section at age 8, reviewing the Braves box scores every afternoon. I would recreate each game in the backyard with my pitch-back net. Often I was interrupted when Dad came home from work. He would hit some pepper before supper and then take the paper to his recliner. I began to read the stories and the columns, too and soon I looked forward to Furman Bisher's writings. As I grew up and older, I appreciated him all the more. I've missed his work in recent years, and am sad at his passing. I believe my lifetime love of sports and sports stories come from my Dad and Mr. Bisher's works. May he rest in Peace.
He brought a little enjoyment into our lives and in the end that really is a good thing.
RIP, Mr. Bisher. I enjoyed your unique style so much. I've lost my favorite Atlanta broadcaster, Skip Carey and now the best journalist.
Longtime friend and sports mentor. While our politics sometime were like oil in water, our love for life was great. My friend Furman, you were one of a kind, could make the typewriter sing like no other. RIP, my brother
I started buying the Atlanta Journal (for 5 cents)when I was 11yrs old just to read Furman; simply put, he was, and always will be, the best.
I am deeply saddened at the news of Mr. Bisher's death. He was, is and always will be a giant in the world of sports journalism. I met him through my boss, Si Burick, at the Dayton Daily News. I had the honor of serving on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee with Furman and speaking with him during the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. He was passionate and compassionate, and always a perfect gentleman. I will miss everything about him, especially his sense of humor.
Gonna miss you Furman! I loved reading your articles, truly one of the greatest sportswriters there ever was! I know you're smiling down from Heaven right now!
I read Mr. Bisher's colunns since I was 10 years old, and I'm 60 now. That says it all. He was the most respected person I've ever seen in the media. My humble condolences. Selah.
Selah, Mr. Bisher. One of the best ever.
Furman, you were the greatest. You introduced me to sports, newspapers, and Georgia Tech in the 1950's. No one has ever been in your league. Steve Walker
I always enjoyed reading Furman's columns, but most notably his "reason for thanks" each Thanksgiving. RIP Mr. Bisher
A life well lived and well written. Selah.
I remember reading his column in the AJC when I was a little boy back in the 60s. I really enjoyed reading his column and I know he was a good man. May God give comfort to his wife and family. Selah!
I'll never forget you, Furman. Your Thanksgiving pieces were always spot on. And your writing was so excellent. I grew up on your columns. Thanks. RIP!
No finer sportwriter has ever graced the pages of any paper. I still miss his Thanksgiving day article. Rest in Peace Mr. Bisher. You were a great one.
Thank you, Mr. Bisher, for giving me years of imagination in seeing what you saw; of feeling what you felt; of learning what you knew. I am a better man because of your columns and opinions.
God bless your family, and may He ease the pain of your loss.
Condolences to the family.
Furman, you will never be surpassed.
Sad to hear, but what a life. Rest in peace, Furman.
Such a very nice man....he always spoke the truth and got to the heart of any sports matters. A real gentleman and an honor to have him write about our Avondale Blue Devils and UGA Bulldogs. RIP Furman, you were the class of your profession and all future sports scribes will be measured by the mark you put on the wall.
A great legend has passed. God bless the Bisher family.