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1925 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
REV. HERBERT JESSE MURRAY, JR. Rev. Herbert Jesse Murray, Jr., 89, of West Hartford, CT, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Friday, February 14, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Kansas City, MO to Herbert Jesse Murray, Sr., and Avnes Ann (Duncan) Murray, on January 29, 1925, Herb was a native of Independence, MO. He was a newsboy and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Upon winning a newspaper essay contest, Herb was awarded a scholarship to the University of Missouri. He graduated from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1949, after which he was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Evanston, IL, by Dr. Gene Bartlett that same year. Herb became the Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pittsfield, MA. He served as Pastor at Park Baptist Church in Staten Island, NY. For the next twelve years, he was the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Morgantown, WV, after which he and his family moved to Stamford Baptist Church in Stamford, CT, where he served as pastor. Herb served as Associate Executive Minister, Area IV, American Baptist Churches of New York, and retired from that position in 1987. Herb's life was enriched by many professional and personal associations, including National President of the Roger Williams Fellowship, Organizer of the Baptist Theological Fellowship in Grafton, WV, State President of the West Virginia Baptist Ministers, and he was active in many associations and many committees within the American Baptist Church. Herb was predeceased by a sister, Helen Jean Murray Shult. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Marjorie Esther (Bowerman) Murray, three sons, and five grandchildren. The family will greet visitors at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT on Friday, (Feb 21) from 4 -7 pm. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, (Feb. 22), 11:00 am at Memorial Baptist Church, 142 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, CT. Burial will be at 1:00 pm on Monday, (Feb. 24) in Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 142 Fairfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06114. Online condolences may be made at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Feb. 19, 2014
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