MURPHY, Jr., |
Maxwell Cole Murphy, Jr., age 91, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on August 21, 2014. Born in Sherman, Texas, Cole was the only child of Maxwell C. Murphy, Sr. and Geraldine English Murphy. His family moved to Temple, Texas when Cole was 3 and he graduated from Temple High School in 1940. He attended Texas A&M for one year before receiving his appointment to United States Military Academy. Due to the war, his class graduated in 3 years on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
After training in Camp Swift, his 10th Mountain Division group was sent to fight in the mountains of Italy. Following the war, Cole served as an aide to General Geoffrey Keys and spent much time in Europe. The majority of that time was in Germany. He also had assignments in the States where he received his Master's Degree in Geography from the University of Virginia. He was then sent to the Middle East where he did mapping for the Army. While in the States, he also served in the Pentagon during the Bay of Pigs. His last assignment was as professor of Military Science at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. After 30 years of service to his country, he retired a full Colonel on December 31, 1969.
During his military career he met and married Hilda Louise White. They were married on August 8, 1953 and were blessed with five children. After his retirement from the military, Cole and his family moved to Austin, Texas so he could do graduate work at the University of Texas. He completed his PhD degree in Educational Administration in 1972. He worked for the Texas Rehabilitation Commission as the Budget and Planning Director. During this time he also began doing adjunct teaching at Southwest Texas State. In March of 1982 his wife, Hilda, died of cancer.
Through an acquaintance, Cole met Lois Crain Brown and they were married on June 2, 1984. They recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. With Lois' four children, they became a family of nine children. They have been blessed with 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
When he retired from TRC he continued his teaching. He first taught in the Public Administration department and then the Criminal Justice department. In 2000 he retired for good.
Cole's favorite sport was baseball and he spent 30 years as a volunteer umpire in the Little Leagues in Austin. He also had the privilege to be selected to umpire in several Little League World Series games in Michigan and Florida. Cole was a dog lover and enjoyed raising Old English Sheep dogs. Eight years ago, Cole decided to learn to play the piano. In doing so, he found out it was more fun to write 'ditties' and he has written over 200, which he enjoyed sharing with his family and friends.
Cole was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Lois Crain Murphy, his five children, Max Murphy (Jeannene), Gerry Sutton (Shannon), Geoffrey Murphy (Cindy), Mary Murphy, and Patrick Murphy (Michelle). He is also survived by his four stepchildren Suzan Brown (Joe), Richard Brown (Elaine), David Brown (Brenda), and Jerilynn Stubbs (Andy) as well as his 21 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at Austin Baptist Church at 7016 Ribelin Ranch Drive on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 3:00 P. M. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Austin Humane Society at 124 West Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78752.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, 2014