Edward Tex Murray
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CARROLLTON - Edward A. Tex Murray, 74, died peacefully at his home on Friday, March 8, 2013.
Mr. Murray was born in Camden, N.J., the son of the late Edward and Mary Devlin Murray. He came to Portsmouth, Va. on a basketball scholarship at Frederick Military Academy, where he graduated in 1961. He continued at Frederick College, where he met his future wife, Frances, and graduated in 1965. He received a Master's Degree in Education from Old Dominion University. From 1966 thru 2000 he was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Windsor High School. Coach Murray led his baseball teams to over 400 career wins, a trip to the state semi-finals and 17 consecutive appearances in the district finals. The Windsor High School Baseball Field is named in his honor. He was elected to the Virginia Softball Hall of Fame; played and coached in the P.I.T. for three decades; and was a devoted Philadelphia Phillies fan. In his retirement, Tex enjoyed following his grandchildren's activities, where he always cheered from the sidelines.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Frances W. Murray; three children, Sandy Burton and husband John of Portsmouth, Brian E. Murray and wife Mimi of Chesapeake, Susan M. Dixson and husband Will of Charlotte, N.C.; six grandchildren, Michael Burton and Megan Burton both of Portsmouth, Amber Murray and Lexi Murray both of Chesapeake, Liam Dixson and Mary Devlin Dixson both of Charlotte, N.C.; members of his beloved extended Devlin Family in New Jersey; and his devoted golden retriever, Hannah. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Charles.
The family will received friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, Bennett's Creek Chapel, Suffolk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, Va. 23703, with visitation one hour prior. Following the Mass, entombment will be in Meadowbrook Mausoleum, Suffolk. Condolences may be registered at www.bakerfoster.com
Memorial donations may be made to a
or to the Windsor High School Athletic Fund for maintenance of the baseball field. Coach Murray said, "There's never been a moment when baseball stopped being fun."
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Mar. 11, 2013