Milling Funeral Home of Union - Union
23477 Hwy 15 P.O. Box 119
Union, MS 39365
(601) 774-5779

Robert Murff

Obituary Condolences

Robert "Bob" Murff Dr. Robert "Bob" Murff died as a result of complications from diabetes at his home in Decatur, Mississippi. A well-known career counselor in Austin for many years, Bob had moved to Decatur in 2005 to be with daughter Lynn and his grandchildren as they grew up. Despite suffering a stroke about 15 years ago, Bob still pursued his greatest interest - being an engaging friend to a diverse bunch of folks in Austin. He could be counted on when you needed an expert listener, counselor, cheerer, or a big, reassuring hug. Bob, 73, grew up in Calhoun City, a small town in north-central Mississippi. Following his wide-ranging interests, he earned degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics before finding his passion in career counseling. He earned a PhD in Counseling Psychology at UT, where he founded and served as first Director of its Career Exploration Center. There, he helped hundreds of students answer the Big Question, "What do I really want to do?" For his lasting contribution to campus career services, the university established the Robert Murff Excellence Award in 1999 to recognize outstanding support of career services at the Austin campus. Bob is survived by his two children, Lynn (& Shaun) Selman of Decatur, and Martin Murff of Houston, and five grandchildren (his heart's delight): Kiersten, Keenan and Kent Selman, & Abbie and Tim Murff. Bob was surprised by a recent family gathering where they celebrated his birthday and Father's Day. Photos are posted on Martin's Facebook page. He is also survived by two brothers, Malcolm "Mac" (& Dot) Murff of San Antonio and Randall (& Blanche) Murff of North Carolina. We are left with memories of a good man - his infectious grin and chuckle; wicked sense of humor; boundless interests and intellect; a deep love of family, friends and chocolate chip cookies and a determination to help others find their way in life. Services for Dr. Robert Carter Murff will be at 11:00 on July 17th at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church, Decatur, MS. Arrangements are by Milling Funeral Home, Union, MS.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on July 16, 2013
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