Staff Sgt. Michael Chance Murphrey - METTER/SNYDER, TX Ð Staff Sgt. Michael Chance Murphrey, 25, of Snyder, was killed in action Sunday September 6, 2009 in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Murphrey was born May 19, 1984, in Dallas, Texas to Elvie and Evelyn (Littlejohn) Murphrey. He attended Clyde Elementary, and was a graduate of Snyder High School. He married Ashley Martin on April 22, 2005, in Metter, Georgia. On his 17th birthday his family took him skydiving and after that, he decided he wanted to be an army paratrooper. He was an active duty Service Member of the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Alaska; he was assigned to Company C 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Forward Operating Base Sharnana. Mike loved to hunt, go hiking, camping with his family and fishing; he especially enjoyed deep sea fishing. He is survived by his wife, Ashley Martin Murphrey of Cobbtown, Georgia; two children, son Jaden and daughter Cameron; parents, Elvie and Evelyn Murphrey of Clyde; maternal grandmother, Lillie Littlejohn of Alvarado; four sisters, Jeanie (Adam) Rutherford of Clyde, Wendy (Ryan) Stehouwer of Waxahachie, Pearl (B J) McKay of Sweetwater, and Krisa (Rocky) Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado; His In Laws Danny and Lisa Martin of Cobbtown and several nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday October 25, 2009, at Open Door Worship Center in Metter. Funeral services were held September 15, 2009 at the First Baptist Church in Clyde TX with full military rites observed at the Clyde Cemetery. Kennedy-Morgan-Brannen Metter-Cobbtown "Our Family Serving Your Family" Savannah Morning News October 24, 2009 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries .
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Published in Savannah Morning News on Oct. 24, 2009