More Memories of Otis A. Brumby Jr.
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“If you look up the word ‘gentleman’ in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Otis. Of all the people I’ve ever known, he exemplified the word.”

Barbara Shaw, executive assistant to Brumby when he chaired the state school board.

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“He was rightfully proud of his family, his work at the MDJ and the Brumby Chair Company on the Square. He leaves a large legacy for his family to continue.”

Councilman Philip Goldstein

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“I knew I was always going to be a member of his family and he was going to be part of mine. He was just a great guy and a great father. Whatever happens he’ll be looking down on me (from heaven).”

retired MHS football coach Friday Richards

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“Having Mr. Brumby call and say he enjoyed reading any of my contributions to the MDJ was always regarded as praise of the highest order. I will miss him. Godspeed, Otis Brumby.”

MDJ immigration columnist D.A. King

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“He always had that twinkle in his eye, probing inquiry, genial spirit, and sense of fair play. Otis Brumby was a giant in our community who leaves a wonderful legacy for all.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-east Cobb)

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“With all his public responsibilities, he never forgot he was a husband, father and grandfather. He was also a loyal friend who was there when my family and I needed him in our own time of distress. I am richer for having known him and will miss him greatly.”

MDJ columnist Dick Yarbrough

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He was a gentleman’s gentleman. I don’t know if people realize what he meant to Marietta High School, Marietta and Cobb. It’s a sad, sad day in Marietta.

Retired Marietta High School basketball Coach Charlie Hood

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“Otis Brumby was the epitome of what professionalism in journalism is all about. He was direct in his questioning and fair in his reporting.”

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.)

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“Otis Brumby has been the most influential man in Cobb during my forty-year involvement in the community. Whether you agreed with him or disagreed, he would always take a stand based on his view of what he thought was best for the community. His love of Marietta and Cobb goes without saying.”

John Williams, developer, Post Properties founder

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“Otis Brumby was a great leader in Georgia, and he led by an example of integrity, class and a quiet forcefulness for positive change. I will remember his kindness and just a true gentlemen in every sense of the word.”

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge)

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“I have never met a person more involved or more concerned about the well-being of our community than Otis. On the many occasions I would visit with Otis at the paper, I was always struck by his depth of knowledge on Cobb County. Otis always respectfully challenged me to be my best and for that I am most appreciative.”

Cobb Commission Chair Tim Lee

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“Otis Brumby was smart, perceptive and wise. There are few better Bulldogs of his generation. He accomplished a great deal in his life and always did so with good grace. He and Martha Lee have been dear friends of Mary’s and mine, and we are heartbroken at his loss.”

Michael Adams, president, the University of Georgia

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“Otis didn’t like unknowns. He liked to know what the plan is and where you plan to go with it. At one point we had to let the contract but we couldn’t make the numbers work. I didn’t want to ask my friends to go into debt for something they didn’t know for sure would be constructed. So I went to him. It’s not accurate to say he was the only reason it worked, but if it had not been for him, it would not have come about.

He loved Marietta and the fact that we were renovating the Strand, even though it was not a popular idea at first.”

Earl Smith, Leader of the effort to restore the Strand Theatre

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I first crossed paths with Mr. Otis Brumby at a bachelor party. Our future mayor, Steve “Thunder” Tumlin, was getting married and Mr. Brumby was hosting the bachelor party.

This was my first bachelor party, so I had some preconceived ideas of what was going to happen at a bachelor party. Just use your imagination, not today’s imagination but 1960’s imagination.

As usual, the expectation and preconceived notions were quite different from the actual event. We all had a great time with lots of fellowship and some speechmaking but very little alcohol and certainly no risqué activities.

I am sure Mr. Brumby did not later remember this young school teacher at the party but I certainly remembered him and his friends.

The most vivid memory of that night was the charisma and wit that radiated from this man I had just met.

My initial experience was compounded every time I had occasion to be involved with Otis.

He was a man of integrity and intelligence, and like the bachelor party, he was not a lot of hype but full of substance, the quintessential Southern gentleman.

Grif Chalfant, Marietta Councilman

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Tom Wilder
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September 13, 2012
Otis was the man. I remember my father, who sold newspaper ink to the Brumbys for years in the 60's and 70's, before he retired telling me you cant fight foks who buy ink by the barrel. I came to know what my dad was talking about when I ran for office in 1982. I am proud to say that Otis always treated me fair and occassional showed me the way. I'll bet Otis and my dad are in heaven talking about the good old days right now. Good night my friends.
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