Samuel J. Murray, 83, prominent businessman and resident of Bad Axe, passed away Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe.|
Samuel was born Oct. 11, 1923 to the late Leon and Gertrude (Leslie) Murray in Bad Axe.
Samuel Murray and Shirley Shaw were united in marriage on Dec. 27, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bad Axe. The late Msgr. Charles Roark celebrated the marriage.
Sam was a graduate of Bad Axe High School, class of 1941. He was a graduate of Michigan State University School of Business Administration, class of 1948. He served in the United States Army, 40th Calvary Division European Theater. After the war he was a drummer in the Sherwin-Elvin Post Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. Murray was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bad Axe.
He and his wife, Shirley owned and operated Murray's Ladies Apparel in Bad Axe, Imlay City, and Lapeer, from 1948 to 1986. They purchased the business from his mother, Gertrude. Mr. Murray retired in that year and later became a director of First National Bank, now known as Signature Bank, which opened in 1970. He served as president of the Bad Axe Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and Bad Axe Library. Sam was a member of the Golf Association of Michigan and was responsible for helping rate and handicap over 100 Golf courses throughout Michigan. He served as president of Verona Hills Golf Club. He and his wife, Shirley made their home in Bad Axe and spent their winter months at Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and visiting with his family and friends.
Mr. Murray is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; one son, Patrick (Laura) Murray of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter, Kay (Al) Brunette of Kalamazoo; three grandchildren, Mallory, Josephine and Samuel Murray.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Wickey.
There will be a memorial Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Fr. James Carlson officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe. Memorials may be offered to the Bad Axe Sacred Heart Catholic Church or the Bad Axe Public Library.