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Josephine Murphy Huey

ROCK HILL -- Mrs. Josephine Murphy Huey, 94, of 1330 India Hook Road, died Monday, July 16, 2007, at Westminster Towers. She was the daughter of John Miller Murphy and Emma Davis Murphy of Statesboro, Ga.

The family will receive friends at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 from 10 to 11 a.m., with burial to follow at Laurelwood Cemetery. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. at Westminster Hall Chapel, with Dr. Shelton Sanford and the Rev. Dick Tevebaugh officiating.

Mrs. Huey graduated from Georgia State Teacher's College and received her library training at Emory University School of Library Science. She came to Rock Hill in 1942 to become the librarian for Rock Hill High School where she had a long and notable career. She worked for a short time for the York School District as librarian for York High School. She was also employed by the Rock Hill Public Library where she served as the librarian for the children's division for several years.

When Sullivan Junior High School was being organized, she was asked by Superintendent Walter Sullivan to become the librarian for this new school and she took on the task of selecting the books and other materials to begin the collection. When asked about her accomplishments as a librarian, she said that she was proud she could introduce children and young people to good books. She enjoyed interacting with students and enabling them to find the information they needed. In a recent note from Jim Hoagland, a former student and now a correspondent with the Washington Post, he expressed a fitting tribute to Mrs. Huey. He wrote, "I appreciate the help you and others gave me in school. The library at RHHS was my first passport to the wider world of knowledge and information, and you played an important role in providing that passport to me and to so many others. We are all in your debt, and always will be."

Through the years she delighted in encountering former students around town and amazed them when she not only remembered them, but also any of their brothers or sisters that had been in school.

She was a mentor for several of her former high school library assistants, encouraging and advising them as they went on to become school librarians and to work in several school systems in North and South Carolina. Two of these, Mrs. Nancy Ghent and Miss Barbara Glasscock have remained close friends through the years.

An avid reader all her life, she was always well informed on many topics ranging from civic affairs, current events, gardening, history and biography. She was a life member of the Rock Hill Public Library and enjoyed spending many hours there reading newspapers and magazines. She was a member of the Over the Tea Cups Book Club where she often gave book reviews or engaged in lively discussions of best sellers. Other interests included growing flowers, collecting antiques and playing bridge. She was a member of several bridge clubs and enjoyed playing with fellow residents at Westminster Towers until recent months.

She was a charter member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a member of the Naomi circle.

She is survived by one sister, Hilda Murphy of Statesboro, Ga., and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Reid Huey, her parents, three sisters, and a brother.

Her death is mourned by her many friends and especially by Mrs. Geraldine Sanders, a close friend and care giver for Mrs. Huey for many years. The family also recognizes the care given her by Hospice & Community Care personnel and by Mrs. Rosa Ingram, Mrs. Pat Poage and Mrs. Janice Barber.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Westminster Towers Foundation, 1330 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730 or Hospice and Community Care, 223 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29732.

Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel is serving the Huey family.