Charles Utah Murphy

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Funeral service for Charles Utah Murphy, 87, of Granite, will be held at the Lake Creek Baptist Church in Granite on Friday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Alvin Funkhouser officiating. Burial will be at the Roselawn Cemetery in Mangum under the direction of People's Cooperative Funeral Home of Lone Wolf. Please view and sign the online guestbook at

Charles Utah Murphy was the oldest of four children born to Benjamin Franklin and Catherine Pauline (Sallinger) Murphy North of Granite in the Lake Creek Community on March 3, 1926. He departed this life in Hobart on Sept. 9, 2013.

Charles grew up on the family farm and graduated from Lake Creek High School in 1944. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained at Fort Texas, near where his dad was born. He served in WWII with the 7th Cavalry Division in the occupation of Japan under General Douglas MacArthur and was present when the surrender was signed on the USS Fremont. Charles spent his life as a farmer and rancher and was proud of being an "Okie" on the family's Centennial Farm in Greer County. Except for his time in the Military and in the Hobart Living Center he lived on the same quarter section his entire life. He married Paulita Ethel Pryor on Jan. 15, 1950 in the Lake Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing the fiddle and participating in tractor pulls. He was a member of the American Legion and of Lake Creek Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Leo Murphy; and a brother-in-law, Bill Roberts.

Survivors include his wife Paulita of the home; two sons, Benny Murphy of Granite and Carl Lee Murphy and wife Shelly of Gastonia, N.C.; a daughter, Charlotte Lean Murphy of Yukon; two sisters, Juanita Murphy of Prescott, Ariz., and Joy Nell and husband George Lapp of Dumas, Texas; three grandchildren, Jason Gilchrist and wife Keri of Ada, Deborah and husband Ivan Reed of Chickasha and Berry Mosley of Holdenville; six great-grandchildren, Jordan, Luke, Conner, Walker, Reagan and Georgia; and many other relatives and friends.

Published in Altus Times from Sept. 12 to Sept. 13, 2013
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