Georgia Dealer Dies

By Staff Writer October 19, 2020

On August 28, Dennis Murphy the co-founder and driving force of Murphy Auto Group, succumbed to an 11-year fight with cancer. Murphy founded the dealer group with his son, Mike Murphy. The dealerships include Miracle Toyota in Haines City and Miracle Nissan of Augusta. The three remaining dealerships in the Murphy Auto Group will be rebranded as Miracle locations, to reflect how he survived his initial diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma for nearly a decade.

In his early years, Murphy was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, playing five years as a professional athlete. He carried the principles he learned from coaches with him when he began his automotive career in 1971 at the Deel Ford Dealership in Miami.  In 1979, Dennis parlayed his stake of ownership into acquiring the New Port Lincoln-Mercury dealership with his partner, RL Nunn. He took 100 percent ownership of the dealership in 1986 and continued to build his portfolio by purchasing Lincoln Mercury in Orlando, in 1997. Dennis and Mike purchased additional dealerships including Toyota of Winter Haven, Toyota of Albany, and Kia of Albany. In 2009, they founded Murphy Auto Group to restructure the individual dealerships into one company.

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