Dennis Francis Murphy CHARLOTTE - Dennis Francis Murphy passed away June 19, 2014 and made the transition to Eternal Life to be with his ancestors-some saints, all sinners, some pirates and hopefully many rebels and revolutionaries. Dennis was a cancer survivor, finally succumbing to the complications and spread of Pancreatic Cancer, diagnosed in October 2013. Dennis was born October 4th 1944, in Chicago, IL, on the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi to Dennis James Murphy and Rose Kearns Murphy Maynard. He was predeceased by both parents and his step father, John William Maynard of Raleigh, NC, all of happy memory. Dennis was predeceased by his brothers, James and William Murphy and sister Theresa Murphy Bagis Murphy. He leaves his long term best friend and soul mate of 55 years and wife, Judy Urben Murphy; son, Brian Patrick Murphy and wife Marcie; daughter, Kristen Murphy Wallace and husband Robby; three wonderful loving granddaughters, Mackenzie, Carson and Addison; sister, Maryrose Murphy McGinn of Kansas City, Mo. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the country. Dennis was student of Catholic Schools. While a senior in High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve during the Vietnam War and attained the rank of Corporal. He graduated from NC State University and the University of Louisville. All winners!! His business career began in Louisville, KY with Ford Motor Co. and after returning to NC, he joined the original Wachovia Bank and Trust as a trust officer in Winston Salem and Charlotte. In 1972 he entered the Insurance and financial services industry earning the CLU and CFP designations. Dennis' family thanks all those loving and compassionate people who supported him in his final illness. Drs. Demetrius Hondros, Marshall McMillan and a special thanks for the professionals at Levine Cancer Institute-Dr Reza Nazemzadeh, Dr. Anthony Crimaldi II , nurses Jeff, Jeanie, Brigida, Jenny and Paulette. In addition, thanks to the folks of The Easthaven Neighborhood Association, Insight Meditation Community of Charlotte, The Bible Workbench Men's Group at Myers Park Baptist Church, the Explorers' Sunday School Class at Myers Park Baptist Church and countless friends, clients and neighbors in Charlotte and across the country, among whom are niece Kate Green, Jim Brinson, and Alexis Stein, who were always willing and eager to help take Dennis to his medical appointments. Dennis had many heroes in his life- parents, Jesus the Christ, Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha, Carl Jung and Teachers, Priests, Sisters, Ministers and other mentors. In his own way he was a friend of Bill W and Doctor Bob. He was grateful for all their teachings and examples!! Dennis was a lover of music of all types and especially fond of the music of The Boss-Bruce Springsteen. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Myers Park Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with a reception immediately following in Heaton Hall. Memorials can be made to Buddy Kemp Cancer Center, Levine Cancer Institute. T.H. Robertson Funeral & Cremation Service is serving the family www.throbertson. com.
Published in Charlotte Observer on June 22, 2014