Albertville - Kenneth "Bud" Murphree, 76, of Albertville, formerly of Anniston, passed away on October 20, 2013. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Adams-Brown Funeral Home in Albertville. Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 1 p.m. at Forestlawn Gardens in Anniston. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two brothers, Albert C. and Lamar; nephews, Mike, Steve, and Robin Murphree; nieces, Lisa East, and Michelle Huffer; other grandnephews and grandnieces; also the mother of his son Kendall, Carolyn Patty Murphree. He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Elsie Murphree and son, Kendall Blake Murphree. Mr. Murphree graduated from Oxford High School in 1955 and excelled in sports, making "All County" in football, received a basketball scholarship to Southern Union Community College and was a talented pitcher in baseball and was scouted by the pros. He played quarterback at Southern Union which went 9-0 in 1957 and defeated Middle Georgia 20-1 in the Watermelon Bowl in Cordele, Georgia. That same year they defeated South Georgia 14-0 which was coached by Bobby Bowden. He was the only athlete to letter in three sports there, because football was dropped after 1958. After graduation, Bud started a career with American Discount Company in Anniston and Jacksonville, Florida. He later became the president of First State Bank in Albertville. Upon retirement he founded "Bud's Pawn Shop" which became very successful and also started a partnership manufacturing mobile homes. He had many friends far and wide and will be greatly missed. Pallbearers will be Richard East, Tyler East, Mike Murphree, Steve Murphree, Alan Cole, and Dan Brown.
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Published in The Anniston Star on Oct. 22, 2013