By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Two pillars of the Tupelo community will go up in flames Tuesday.
Dr. Gene and Margaret Anne Murphey will be honored at the 10th annual Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic dinner and roast.
“Dr. Gene and Margaret Anne have continually supported the clinic since its inception,” said Executive Director Cindy Sparks.
“We’re so thankful that we have them in our corner.”
Dr. Gene Murphey, who will turn 92 this year, was one of the first physician volunteers for Good Samaritan, along with the clinic’s founder, the late Dr. Antone Tannehill, and their IMA partners, Dr. F.L. Lummus and Dr. Bill Wood, who are now retired.
Margaret Anne Murphey serves as the executive director of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra.
The Good Samaritan Clinic is a cause near and dear to the Murpheys’ hearts because it helps people in Lee County who work so hard, but can’t afford health insurance.
“It’s been an answer to prayers for so many people,” Margaret Anne Murphey said.
Turning up the heat on the dedicated couple will be roasters Jack Reed Sr., Bruce Smith and Dr. Steven Murphey, who is their son.
In 2011, the roast of Dr. Rich Heyer raised more than $88,000. This year, organizers are aiming for $100,000.
“That’s a huge part of our annual budget,” said Terry Bullard, clinic board vice chairman. “Without the dollars raised from this annual roast, we would have an extreme difficulty operating for a year.”