Joseph K. "Joe" Murphy, 56, of Kingston, passed away Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Lenoir City.
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He was born Nov. 1, 1957, in Harriman to Clarence Alven Murphy and Imogene Lyles Murphy. Joe worked in emergency medical services for 38 years: two years as an emergency medical technician, and 36 years as a paramedic. He was the first paramedic (EMT-P 4355) to be licensed in Roane County, and was the first paramedic in the state of Tennessee to retire his license, a licensing option which he helped to champion with the State EMS Board. Joe served for many years with Roane County EMS and Cumberland County EMS, and in later years as a dispatcher with Roane County E-911. He was a ham radio operator (KF4KEK) and a member of the Roane County Amateur Radio Club. He was also a certified weather watcher. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jim Murphy, David Murphy and Russell Murphy.
Survivors include wife of 33 years, Patricia Murphy, Kingston; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Tracey Murphy, Vonore, and Michael and Vicki Murphy, Kingston; grandchildren, Piper, Abbie, Jarrett and Aiden; several nieces and nephews; and special little dog, "Missy".
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, in Evans Mortuary, Rockwood. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Fund, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923. An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.biz.
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Published in Roane County News from Aug. 19 to Aug. 20, 2014