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Governor George Busbee dies at 76

July 16, 2004

Albany- The news of the death of George Busbee is a shock to his friends and family.

Former law partner Bill Divine was just with the former Governor.

"We were fishing two or three days. And that was our thing. We had a good chance to visit and I was so glad we were able to do that," Divine said.

Governor Busbee was so well-liked that Georgians changed the constitution for him. He was the first governor to serve two consecutive terms.

"Governor Busbee is a giant in Georgia politics. His two terms as Governor were very, very successful. He brought 5-year-old kindergarten to Georgia. He promoted our state all over the country, especially Japan, China and the far east," said Lt. Governor Mark Taylor.

After his political days were over, he helped Mark Taylor make his way to the capitol as Lt. Governor. Taylor lost his political mentor and hero. He knows the Busbee family lost a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

"I know how bad they're feeling tonight because Gov. Busbee was so full of life, such a vibrant individual, never sick or under the weather," Taylor said. "This just comes as a great surprise and a great shock."

"Well, he was about as good a father as you ever had, and grandaddy," Divine said. "He was probably the most family oriented guy that I ever saw."

A man remembered for his dedication to the family and the state he loved.

posted at 10:34 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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