Murray Creight Fincher, left this world peacefully at his home on May 19th just twelve days shy of his 101st birthday. Murray Fincher, youngest son of the Rev. Thomas Paine Fincher and Bessie Annie Lloyd, was born May 31, 1913 in Eclectic, Alabama, and grew up in Brundidge, Alabama. Small town life inspired many of his stories and fondest recollections. The first in his family to attend college, he graduated from Birmingham- Southern College and studied economics at The University of Georgia and Dartmouth College. After graduation, he worked for six years as a reporter for The Birmingham News then joined the Southern Bell division of AT&T in Atlanta (later South Central Bell). In 1957, a transfer brought the family to New Orleans, and in 1963 Fincher was elected officer in charge of Louisiana operations. He served in that capacity for 14 years. Fincher's many contributions to Louisiana civic life included: president of the New Orleans Area Chamber of Commerce, general campaign chairman of the United Way during the September of Hurricane Betsy, campaign chairman of the Archbishop's Community Appeal, and president of the New Orleans Area Junior Achievement. With his wife Jean, he was active in numerous Carnival organizations. He was a member of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission by appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court; served on the President's Council of Loyola University; as a member of the organizing committee for Tulane's Freeman School and as a trustee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In recognition of service to his community, he received the Weiss Award of the National Conference of Christian and Jews; the Whitney M. Young Award of the New Orleans Urban League; and the Community Service Award of the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO among others. The son of a Methodist minister, his long life was devoted to family and faith as member of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, Rayne United Methodist Church in New Orleans and St. Timothy on the Northshore United Methodist Church in Mandeville. Throughout his life, he loved words and writing. From a head full of great writing, Fincher would quote anything from Thomas Gray, to the Gettysburg Address, to lyrics from the Fantasticks. His letters to the editor were legion, filled with insight and good humor. After the death of his beloved wife, writing was his refuge and solace. He wrote poetry and fiction, resulting in six published novels. He is survived by three children: Jan M. Fincher of Longmont, Colorado; Thomas O. Fincher(Judith Graham) of Ramona, California, and Nancy F. Clark(Rendel) of Mandeville; four grandchildren: Todd Fincher of Portland, Oregon; Tracy Fincher of Chino Hills, CA.; Ryan Clark (Katherine Parker) of Charleston, South Carolina; Lauren Clark, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and four great grandchildren, Corporal Dustin Fincher USMC (Melinda) of Twentynine Palms, Ca.; Jake Thomas Stinson of Chino Hills; Rendel and Adelaide Clark of Charleston. A celebration of a life well-lived will be held on June 6, 2014 at St Timothy on the Northshore United Methodist Church, 335 Asbury Drive, Mandeville. Visitation will begin at 10:00 with service and reception following. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Methodist Children's Home of Greater New Orleans, https://donate.lmch.org/mchgno. Online condolences may be made to the family at ejfieldingfh.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from May 23 to June 6, 2014