Hattie Mae Johnson Murray, 79, of Rose Hill left this earthly life for her eternal rest on Sunday, February 4, 2018 from New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
She was born on March 23, 1938 in Duplin County and was one of 10 children born to the late Jack and Nursie Reaves Johnson. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Andrew Murray and siblings, Eloise Johnson, Dorothy Giddings, Ruby Wallace, Jack Johnson, Jr. and James Johnson.
Hattie was a dedicated member of Wallace Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 62 years, Arnold Frank Murray, Sr. of the home; sons, Michael David Murray and Arnold Frank Murray, Jr. and wife Wendy, all of Rose Hill; daughter, Julie M. Thigpen and husband, Shane of Cleveland, TX; grandchildren, MaryKate Murray, Jesse Thigpen, Justin Thigpen, Jarrett Thigpen, Rachel Thigpen and Jeremy Thigpen; great grandchildren, Jesse Thigpen, Jr. and Cason Thigpen; sisters, Catherine Jones of Wallace, Mattie Cavenaugh of Rose Hill, Frances Hall and husband, Bill of Magnolia and Lois Mobley and husband, Harold of Rose Hill and numerous nieces, nephews and friends who loved Hattie dearly.
Hattie was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and sister. She found great joy in the simplest of things, but her greatest joy was family. Hattie had a quiet and gentle spirit who never bragged nor was she haughty or proud. She graduated from Wallace High School as Salutatorian of her class. For numerous years, Hattie was secretary at Mickey’s Alignment in Wallace. Due to health issues she had to go to work part-time and she worked right up to the week before she left us. Hattie was a godly woman who was faithful to her God, her family and her church. She enjoyed spending time with her beloved husband, her children and grandchildren. With an humble and caring spirit, Hattie loved everybody and was loved in return. She was indeed a woman of uncommon character, beauty and grace, “an instrument of God’s love on this earth.” Hattie will surely be missed but treasured memories will remain in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Wallace Pentecostal Holiness Church with her pastor, the Reverend Bobby Smith officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00pm, one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.
Burial will follow the funeral service at Riverview Memorial Park, Watha.
Flowers are welcome or you may send memorial gifts to Wallace PH Church, PO Box 354, Wallace, NC 28466.
You may share your memories and send condolences to the family by selecting our “Guestbook” above.
Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home of Wallace, NC 910-285-4005
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My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. Be assured that soon our Heavenly Father will give those who have fallen asleep in death the opportunity to live again. You can find comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28, 29 “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God promises that “he will do away with death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isa. 25:8). May these scriptures bring comfort and calmness of heart to you at this time. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Submitted by The Rivers Family on Feb 10 2018 08:23:21 AM
Dear Frank & Wendy, so sorry for the loss of your mother. I was recently in Wilmington & Pam told me about Andrew & his passing. My heart broke. He was truly a very special person & I enjoyed being a part of his life & education. I will always cherish the memories of his visits & doing "circle time" with him. I know your faith will comfort you & give you peace knowing Andrew is in heaven with his grandma ❤️
Submitted by Carol Chinn on Feb 9 2018 01:16:58 PM
Frank, my prayers for comfort and peace are with you. You have been so greatly blessed by sharing your life with Hattie. I remember her as an attractive young lady, quiet and reserved, lovingly caring for her children, so many years ago.
Love and blessings to you and all the family,
Ellen Huffman Zechman ( family of Willie D. and Martha Murray)
Submitted by Ellen Huffman-Zechman MD on Feb 7 2018 07:46:49 AM
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I am so sorry to hear of Ms Hattie’s passing. But rejoicing for her Heavenly homecoming. I have known her all my life. Praying for comfort and peace.
Ronda L Rivenbark
Submitted by Ronda Rivenbark on Feb 6 2018 01:23:10 PM
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Julie, our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are so very sorry for your loss, but we know you have a great promise of seeing your Mother again one day. Sincere Condolences Johnny, Char, Katie & Wayne Abbott
Submitted by Charleen Abbott on Feb 6 2018 12:44:04 AM
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