2011-09-08 / Obituaries

Maurice J. Murphy

Luray, Va., 87

Maurice Joseph Murphy, 87, Luray, Va., died Saturday, August 27, 2011.

Born June 17, 1924, in Silver Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Bernard Murphy and Helen Barnes Murphy Hull.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from March 1943 to March 1946. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

On June 8, 1944, he married the former Thelma W. Weakley, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are seven children: Cynthia and Donald Smallwood, Fairfield, Pa.; Mike and Patti Murphy, Warfordsburg; Benda and Ben Dodson, Luray; Kenny Murphy and Lisa Johnson, Fairfield; Don and Sue Murphy, Frederick, Md.; Doug and Lisa Murphy, Fredrick; and Dan and Jacinta Murphy, Rockville, Md.; a sister, Patsy Rollins, Frederick; 13 grandchildren: Jeff and Jen Smallwood, Christopher Smallwood, Erina nd Scott Montana, Natalie and Meade Whitaker, Katie and Daniel Weatherholt, Shaun Murphy, Stefani Murphy, Kenny Parker, Shanon Murphy, Bradley Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Andrew Murphy and Danielle Murphy; six great-grandchildren: Spencer and Riley Smallwood, Elliott and Evan Montana, Alex Murphy and Ellie Whitaker; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Murphy; a brother, Bernard Murphy; a sister, Peggy Murphy; and a granddaughter, Jessica Murphy.

Memorial services were held Friday, September 2, at 11:30 a.m., at Stanley United Methodist Church. Burial will be later in September in Burtonsville, Md. Arrangements are pending.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank or to a local food bank.

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