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James Murphy

June 26, 1923 ~ November 4, 2018 (age 95)

James Murphy was born June 26, 1923 in Tallahatchie County Mississippi to Beulah (Holland) Moten and Lenro Murphy. He was educated in the Tallahatchie County and Detroit Michigan school system. He accepted Christ at an early age and attended Woodland Park Baptist Church and Amazing Grace Acres Church in Brahman, Michigan.

Upon leaving Mississippi as a teenager he briefly lived with his uncle, George Holland, in White Cloud, Michigan and then moved to Detroit where he finished school. There he became a highly regarded boxer at the Brewster Athletic Center where he was lightweight champion.

He married Virdell Vesey and to that union one child was born.

He was employed by the city of Detroit until his retirement. He then moved to Woodland Park, Michigan where he made his home until September 2018.

Mr. Murphy was an avid hunter and sportsman, having hunted big horn sheep, deer and elk across the United States. He loved the outdoors and served as a conservation officer in Lake County, Michigan. He could be relied upon to keep a watchful eye on his neighborhood ensuring that he and his neighbors were safe.

Mr. Murphy was a collector of things-from farm equipment to exotic sculpture and art-and he loved to regale visitors with stories about his acquisitions.

He departed this life on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he had recently moved when he could no longer remain in his own home.

He leaves to mourn his passing, one son, James P. (Shirley) Murphy of Detroit, Michigan; three grandchildren, James M., Joseph and Nicole; five step children, Lynett Murphy Barnett, Kenneth Murphy, Keith Murphy, Caroline Murphy Washington and Lenora Murphy; one special cousin/caretaker, Lois (Evans)  Branigan  of Fort Wayne and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

He will be missed by his family, community and friends.

Burial in Concordia Cemetery Gardens

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