Dr. John Charles Murphy
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SHREVEPORT, LA - After a battle with cancer, John Charles Murphy went home to be with his Savior on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. A memorial service was held on Sunday June 6, 2010, at Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Slidell, La.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Dr Joel C. and Ava Foy Murphy, and his brother, Joel Ray Murphy.
John Charles was born on May 5, 1940, in New Orleans. He attended Ruston High School, where he was an all district football and baseball player and proud Bearcat. Always a scholar, he graduated as the Valedictorian of his senior class.
He attended Louisiana Baptist College in Pineville La, graduating Magna Cum Laude, with a B.S. in History. In addition, he was a four year letterman as a running back for the football team.
He finished his Master of Theology degree from New Orleans Theological Seminary and later received his Doctorate from Luther Rice Seminary.
After graduating from college, he began his early career serving as pastor in several churches, the first being First Baptist Church Bossier in 1962, where is father, Dr. Joel Murphy, was Senior Pastor, and John Charles was Assosciate Pastor. In 1963, he married the love of his life, Madeline Carolyn Miley Murphy. Later he was pastor of Baptist churches in Franklinton, La, Isabel, La, and Picayune, Ms.
He also was senior pastor of both First Baptist Church in Commerce TX, and First Baptist Church in Roswell, NM.
He came to the Shreveport-Bossier area in 1979, where he was the beloved pastor of Word of Faith Baptist Church until 2005, when he retired to Slidell, Louisiana, to be close to his family.
Dr. Murphy began his ministry with an emphasis on evangelistic outreach programs, bringing people to salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and seeing local church revitalization. He was recognized as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Men of America" by the U.S. Jaycees in 1975.
John Charles is survived by his wife, Madeline Carolyn Miley Murphy, his four children and their spouses, 11 grandchildren, one sister, a sister and brother-in-law. His memory will live on in the hearts of those whose lives were profoundly touched and changed because of his ministry. He lived life with passion and love, taking the shattered pieces of a broken life and transforming them into a stained glass window, through the power of the holy spirit.
Memorials may be sent to Grace Memorial Baptist Church, 58516 Pearl Acres Road, Slidell, La., 70461.
Published in Shreveport Times on June 20, 2010