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Busbee Remembered

July 17, 2004

Albany -- Flags across Georgia are flying at half staff in honor of former Governor George Busbee.

76 year old Busbee died Friday after suffering a heart attack at the Savannah airport. Now, friends and family, in Albany, are remembering him as a man who cared about people and Georgia.

When Imanel Gable's daughter, Tammy, married Governor George Busbee's son George , Gabel hoped her new son-in-law shared qualities with his father.

"He was always the same. He treated everybody the same. He lived by doing unto others as you have them do unto you. I have never seen him mad. He was a loving person," says Imanell Gable.

Former Albany Mayor Tommy Coleman agrees. He worked closely with Busbee in both of his campaigns for Governor and respected his work as an attorney in Albany. Coleman says Busbee's visionary leadership made him good for Georgia.

"I think George Busbee really made it work. He was kind of a mechanic of government. He could make all the different departments work towards a common goal," says Coleman.

Busbee had goals like bringing international businesses into the state when the strategy was not popular. His leadership brought companies like Miller Brewing to Albany. Many credit him for putting Georgia on the map for economic development. He was the first Governor in state history to serve two consecutive four-year terms.

"I think he really enhanced the quality of life and created a creditable amount of jobs for Georgians. Those of us who have prospered in recent years in Georgia should go back and thank George Busbee if he was here today," says Coleman.

The former Governor moved to Duluth after his time in office and that is were his family and friends are as the remember the legacy and life of this great Georgian.

Former Governor George Busbee will lie in state at the Capitol Monday. A public memorial service will be held Tuesday at 11 a-m at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta.

posted at 7:02PM by scott.hunter@walb.com

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