Calvin Coolidge Murrow, 88, of Southport, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his residence.
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Mr. Murrow was born in Aberdeen on July 6, 1924. He was the son of John L. and Maggie Leonard Murrow.
He was married to Mildred Murrow for 68 years with residences in Guilford and Brunswick counties. His immediate family includes his wife, Mildred Murrow; son, Michael Murrow; daughter, Jeanne Murrow; three grandchildren, Mollie Edwards, Jonathan Murrow and Callen Murrow; and sisters, Georgia Berry and Doris Barille.
Mr. Murrow was educated in Guilford County. He served in World War II in the Marine Corp. He was on Guadalcanal and participated in the invasion of Guam and Bougainville. He received an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal in 1946.
Upon returning home, he and his two brothers, Bill Murrow and John Murrow, founded Murrow Transfer Co., which grew to have more than 200 employees, servicing 22 states. In 1957 he opened Country Furniture Co. and expanded his horizons as he sold new and used furniture. In 1979 he founded Murrow Furniture Galleries of Wilmington. In the 1980s he opened The Furniture Patch in Calabash. In the 1990s he expanded and built Southland Furniture in Little River, S.C.
He served as a Republican state senator from Guilford County from 1969-1977, and was also a member of the Guilford County Republican Executive Committee during that time. He was chairman of the Republican Party in Guilford County and also served as chairman for Gov. James Holshouser.
From 1973 to 1976, he was a member and chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority and was re-appointed to serve again in 1985. In 1984 he was finance chairman for Gov. Jim Martin. He served on the Brunswick Planning and Zoning Commission till he retired. He loved his country and his family.
His charisma and desire to make things better than you find them is evident in his success and his achievements. His love for his church and belief in God portrays an ongoing example of his faith.
Celebrate with us the life of a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and friend. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. on May 11, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash Street, Southport N.C.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to S.O.A.R., Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue, 3376 St. Charles Place SE, Southport, NC 28461. Please mark "Murrow Memorial."
You may make online memorials at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Arrangements by Peacock, Newnam and White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport.
Published in The Brunswick Beacon on May 9, 2013