SHELBY- Frank Lee Murphy Sr., 72, of 515 E. Graham St. in Shelby, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at his residence. He was born on May 9, 1941, in Cleveland County to the late Lawrence Murphy and Effie Browning Murphy who was the inspiration behind the Effie Murphy Wallace Residential Award and known by many as the "Sweeping Lady."
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While growing up in Shelby, Mr. Murphy delivered the Shelby Daily Star where he won a bicycle for Star Performance. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam War Veteran serving four years. After his military service, Frank enrolled at Hampton Institute in Hampton, Va., where he received a double Masters Degree in Biology and Chemistry and pursued a career in education.
While teaching, he mentored at-risk youths, taking them on field trips to expose them to better opportunities, journeys that they would have never experienced. He retired from the District of Columbia and Prince George County, MD School Districts to also include C-Stop of Shelby. After his retirement, Mr. Murphy devoted the greater portion of his life, an undying faith, to rehabilitate youths of substance abuse.
He professed Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age as a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor J.A. White. He rededicated his life and attended Patterson Springs Baptist church under the leadership of Pastor Steve Waters. Mr. Murphy would often express his faith and love for God in many ways, deeds, profession conversation and exploring other avenues regarding Christianity. His fellowship extended with other ministers and pastors in the local churches.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Murphy Webber (William); one nephew, William Webber Jr.; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and a host of uncles and aunts.
While pursuing his teaching career he met and married the former Laurancene Scales. To their union, they had one son to cherish fond memories, Frank Lee Murphy Jr. (Sabrina) and five daughters of the home, Daisha, Lathan, Saadiga, Amirra, Keiko and Queen Muhammad of Charlotte.
Mr. Murphy later met and married the former Ann Brown and to their union he leaves to cherish fond memories two sons, Frank Lawrence Murphy and Jonathon Brown Murphy, and grandson, Jeremy Murphy of Forestville, Md.
In addition, Mr. Murphy leaves to cherish fond memories a special friend, Kimberly Clark; three special children, Gloria and Emmalee Stantos and Dreylan Frank Clark, who he loved dearly; two sisters, Minister Lottie Murphy and Barbara Murphy Archie, both of Shelby; one special auntie, Mrs. Carnell Murphy Andres of Winston, Salem; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at noon at S.T. Enloe Memorial Chapel with Pastor Lillie M. Smith officiating.
Burial will follow at Webb Memorial Lawns.
The family will receive visitors from 11:30 to noon at the chapel on Tuesday and at other times at the home of his sister, Lottie Sanders, 1106 Shamrock Rd., Shelby.
Condolences can be expressed online at www.enloes.net.
Enloe Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
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Shelby, NC 28150
Published in Shelby Star on Feb. 16, 2014