Neil Austin Malphurs of Suwannee, Florida passed away unexpectedly on March 17, 2022, at North Florida Regional Hospital.
Neil was born in Gainesville FL at home on December 24, 1932, although his birth date was recorded as December 23rd due to record keeping at the time. He was the son of Mozeta (Farrell) Malphurs and Marvin Neil “Pete” Malphurs who preceded him in death.
He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1950 where he played multiple sports and trumpet in the band.
His first degree from the University of Florida was a BS in Entomology which he put to good use in operating the first Florida Pest Control in Jacksonville, FL. He played baseball at the University of Florida and was a member of ATO Fraternity. He also served in the Army during the Korean War and was a member of the VFW.
Neil went back to the University of Florida for his Law Degree on the GI Bill at the tender age of 40 and received his Juris Doctorate in 1974. He practiced law for the rest of his life. He was the City Attorney for Alachua for eighteen years and later helped to manage his family’s mobile home park. He went on to run for a seat as a Gilcrest County Judge in the early 1980’s as he wanted to continue serving.
Neil loved sports and was an avid golfer, fisherman and a college football fan. He was a huge Gator Football and Baseball fan, supporting the Gators to many away games and held season football tickets since the early 1960’s. He founded the Fighting Gator Touchdown Club with Bill Rowell and was the first President to ensure anyone could be a part of his beloved Gators! He was renowned for his spectacular hush puppies at all the fish fries and club events!
Neil was ever curious about the world around him and loved all types of music. He loved his family and wide circle of friends. Upon retirement, Suwannee became his home and loved fishing and airboating. He and Sara attended the First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife Sara Deese Malphurs, his sister Betty Jo Malphurs Arnette, his children Linda Malphurs Thomas (Paul), Laura Malphurs Friis (Ned), Larry Neil Malphurs (Emma), Eddie Baxley (Charlyn), Diane Baxley Alexander (Randy) and Lisa Baxley. He was blessed with (10) grandchildren and (7) great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to either St. Judes Children’s Hospital or the Children’s Miracle Network in his name.
A Celebration of Life for Neil will be held in Gainesville at Ironwood Golf Course located at 2100 NE 39th Ave. on April 3, 2022, at 2pm.
Arrangements in care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main Street, Gainesville, FL, 32601, (352) 376-5361.