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Southport -- Calvin Coolidge Murrow, age 88, of Southport died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Murrow was born in Aberdeen North Carolina on July 6, 1924, son of John L. and Maggie Leonard Murrow. Immediate family includes his wife Mildred Murrow; son Michael Murrow; daughter Jeanne Murrow; 3 grandchildren, Mollie Edwards, Jonathan Murrow, Callen Murrow; sisters, Georgia Berry and Doris Barille.
He was married to Mildred Murrow for 68 years with residence in Guilford and Brunswick counties. Mr. Murrow was educated in Guilford County. He served in World War II in the Marine Corp. He was on Guadalcanal and participated in the invasion of Guam and Bougainville. He received a honorable discharge with the rank of Corporal in 1946. Upon returning home, he and his two brothers, Bill Murrow and John Murrow founded Murrow Transfer Co., which grew to have over 200 employees and serviced 22 states. In 1957 he opened Country Furniture Co. and expanded his horizons with the Sale of New and Used furniture. In 1979 he founded Murrow Furniture Galleries of Wilmington N.C. In the 1980's he opened The Furniture Patch in Calabash N.C. In the 1990's he expanded and built Southland Furniture in Little River S.C. He served as a Republican State Senator from Guilford County from 1969-1977. He was a member of the Guilford County Republican Executive Committee 1969-1977. He was chairman of the Republican party in Guilford County and also served as chairman for Gov. James Holshouser. From 1973 to 1976 he was a member and chairman of the North Carolina State Ports Authority and was re-appointed to serve again in 1985. In 1984 he was finance chairman for Gov. Jim Martin. He served on the Brunswick Planning and Zoning Commission till he retired. He loved his country and his family. His charisma and his desire to make things better than you find them is evident in his success and his achievements. His love for his church and belief in God portrays an ongoing example of his faith.
Celebrate with us the life of a wonderful father, grandfather, husband and friend. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on May 11, 2013 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash Street, Southport N.C. 28461.
In lieu of flowers Memorial donations to go to S.O.A.R., Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue, 3376 St.Charles Place SE. Southport N.C. 28461 side marked: Murrow Memorial.
You may make online memorials at www.peacocknewnamwhite.com.
Peacock - Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport, North Carolina.
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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from May 5 to May 6, 2013