He was born on Oct. 23, 1926, on the Thorn, the son of the late Samuel and Eva Mae (Rexrode) Murphy.
Mr. Murphy was a 1945 graduate of Franklin High School where he played baseball and basketball and was captain of the football team.
He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Army and retired in 1975 from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant.
On Oct. 7, 1961, he married Mary Sophia (Gallant) Murphy, who preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 2012.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory a daughter, Patricia Contrades (Stanley) of Franklin; a grandson, Jonathan Contrades of Franklin; a granddaughter, Lauren Wunderle (William) of Ft. Stewart, Georgia; and two great-grandchildren, Emmalynn and William.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Ruddle.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Franklin with Rev. Mario Claro officiating. Interment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin with military honors conducted by the U.S. Air Force.
Memorials may be made to CAN, PO Box 503, Franklin, WV 26807.
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