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Who Paul Hemphill
What Paul Hemphill, Author and Journalist
When July 11, 2009

PAUL HEMPHILL Author and journalist Paul Hemphill, 73, died Saturday, July 11, at Hospice Atlanta, after a two-year bout with cancer.

Paul was the author of 16 books, including works of fiction and nonfiction. His last book, A Tiger Walk Through History, the story of Auburn football, was published in 2008.

Paul was born in Birmingham, AL, on Feb.18, 1936, to the late Paul Hemphill, Sr. and Velma Nelson Hemphill. He graduated from Auburn University, where he played baseball and was sports editor of the school newspaper, the Plainsman. He started his career at the Birmingham News sports department and wrote for newspapers in Augusta and Tampa before coming to Atlanta to become a daily columnist - ultimately for the Atlanta Journal.

He won a Nieman Fellowship in 1968, and spent a year studying at Harvard. Paul is survived by his wife of 32 years, Susan Farran Percy of Atlanta; four children: Martha Hemphill of Decatur; Lisa Shadrach of Franklin, TN; David Hemphill and Molly Knudsen of Birmingham; a sister, Joyce Lott of Birmingham; and six grandchildren.

The memorial service for Paul Hemphill will be Wednesday, July 15, at noon in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur. (2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

His ashes will be interred at Melwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, July 14, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Auburn Foundation, 321 Biggin Hall, Auburn, AL 36849, attention Mary Baird; the Atlanta Community Food Bank, 732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318; or Hospice Atlanta, 1244 Park Vista Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Paul Hemphill Web Site

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