William Earl Murray, Sr., age 92, of Wallace left this earthly life for his eternal rest on Thursday, October 19, 2017.
He was born on October 9, 1925 in Duplin County and was the son of the late Daniel Dewitt and Elma Wheeler Murray. He was also predeceased by his loving wife of 68 years, Julia Deane Edwards Murray; his son, William Earl Murray, Jr.; grandson, Jamie Murray and brother, Norwood Murray.
Mr. Murray was proud to be an American and he honorably served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was a dedicated member of Poston Baptist Church and faithfully attended until his health would not permit him to do so.
Surviving to cherish his memory is his devoted son, Douglas Murray and wife, Deborah of Wake Forest; six grandchildren; numerous great and great-great grandchildren and friends that loved William dearly.
William was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather. He was a simple man who was loved and respected by all who knew him. With a positive attitude, he was uplifting and encouraging to those around him. William's legacy to all who survive him is that one needs only a positive outlook on life and to trust in the Lord to have a wonderful life. He was grateful for every blessing God sent his way. William will surely be missed but treasured memories will forever remain in the hearts of those who and loved him.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Poston Baptist Church with Pastor Chris Jarman and Pastor Michael McCray officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, one hour prior the service on Monday at the church.
Burial will follow the service at Rockfish Memorial Cemetery in Wallace.
Casketbearers will be Tyler Champion, Chris Glarum, Milton Murray, Mack Horrell, Terry Duff and Clint Blanton.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Poston Baptist Church, 4121 S. NC Hwy 11, Wallace, NC 28466 or Good Hope Baptist Church, 4038 Graham Sherron Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587.
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Quinn McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Wallace, NC 910-285-4005
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Doug and Deborah,
I am so sorry to learn of Mr. Murray's passing. Just wanted to let you know that you both are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you comfort during this difficult time.
Jane and Richard Wright
Submitted by Jane G. Wright on Oct 20 2017 08:59:27 PM
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Phyllis Murray lit a candle on Oct 20 2017 08:45:53 PM
I prayed and prayed you would be able to go home, I guess I should have been more specific and said back to the River Road.
Each time we talked, your spirit never fail and it seemed some how it grew. I doubt you ever knew just how much I loved you. I thought of you daily, last night I even said to myself, I had to call you. Looking at the time and thinking it was too late, it would seem now takes its place.
Secretly I had hoped (after daddy's passing) that one day you'd be asked and able to give me away. Though you weren't in my every day life as a child, if I'm being honest you helped fill my "daddy complex" too.
Your always combed hair, button down shirt and pressed jeans and belt buckle (that I thought was so heavy I couldnt understand how it actually held up your pants) always seemed ready to accept company. Your "quit running in and out of here" "sit here and be pretty" "stay out of that building" and dont bring that in here" I just knew were going to come from you if Aunt Deane had to say it more than a time or two (another rason I was worried about that buckel.) The way you pursed your lips and hummed you your little "mm-ohh me" when you got up or before you went to bed. The enlongated "Hel-loooo?" way you answered the phone and said I love you (baby or sweetheart) call me again at the end of every call. I was no older than 10 when you swatted me with the broom for going in the front door (again.) You warned me and I didnt listen, but I did from then on. It was barley a brush but I was stunned that you even raised a hand. I went across the ditch and sat at Uncle Robert's house (but would go in.) When I asked who was in that oval picture and you answered "I dont know, thats me and some little kid; knowing full well it was you and daddy. Then when I asked daddy he said it was you and your best friend (meaning him).
Since I was a child you've been the eighth name in my bed time prayers. Every night I ask God to bless an ever growning list of names but the frist 30 always stay the same. Out of the first 8, now four have gone home.
I'm sure I never told you but the way you and daddy treated Mama and Aunt Deane is the standard I held for married life and men. To see the way the Murray men held themselves to a different standard was always magic in my eyes. I thought to my self if was in the blood or something that you learned. For some time now I have believed it was both.
I said to my sister one time he's the matriarch of the family now, he's the last of the begining of our time. That sentence alone has made me cry from time to time. Since daddy was not here to meet Anakin, I was desperate for you to meet him. I believed there was something mystically / magical in him meeting a Murray man. That some how your approval was some how linked to daddy's as well. I believed that it would some how increase the Murray blood that is in him. What a blessing it was to be a witness to you interacting and praying with him. Then as we were ready to leave a couple of days later for you to tell me I was doing a fine job raising a good boy and to keep it up, your words have stuck with me when I felt like a failure and didnt know where to go as a mom.
I love you Uncle Wibby. I pray that you are at peace and there is rejoicing in heaven, because that is truly where you belong. Give Aunt Deane, Mama, Daddy, Mom E and Daddy Witt, Jamie and Uncle Robet and the rest of the family my love.
Submitted by Dawn Murray on Oct 20 2017 06:56:55 PM
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