• "The world has truly lost one of the good guys. I only had..."
  • "I had the honor and privilege of knowing Mr. Murray. He was..."
    - Martha Boggs
  • "All the best to you Joe.....It was an honor to know you...."
    - Mark Gratton
  • "My love to the entire family of cousins. Uncle Lightsey..."
  • "I was not ready to let you go, Dad. I thought we could have..."
    - Diana Farsht

MURRAY Colonel JOSEPH L. MURRAY USAF (Ret.) July 2, 1928 - February 19, 2013 Joseph was born in Anderson, SC to Alice Gwendolyn Lightsey and Joseph Jefferson Murray in July of 1928. From that day in July he went on to lead an almost charmed life. He was raised on a large farm in South Carolina by his grandparents, his mother, and many aunts and uncles, who all treated him as the young prince. He admits to being spoiled terribly, and so per his wishes, he left home to attend a private military boys academy in Charleston SC as a teen. He excelled as a student there and later at the University of South Carolina, where he received his bachelors degree. He later completed both his Masters and Doctorate programs. After a couple of years in the Navy, Joseph completed his education and joined the United States Air Force where he attained the rank of Colonel. He loved his job and the Air Force where he was awarded the Legion of Merit for "achievement over and above outstanding" for missions he completed in Vietnam. He married the only woman ever created expressly for him. Patricia and Joseph were as a single unit for more than 50 years, and they left the world a legacy in their children, grandchildren and great-grand- children. Joseph became quite a guardian angel as he cared for Patricia for the last 10 years of her life, during which time she required 24 hour total care due to illness. He kept her home and by his side throughout her illness, personally taking on all the duties required to make her comfortable and happy. Joseph leaves behind so many friends and family that he loved so deeply. Surviving are a son, Joseph L Murray, Jr.; daughter, Diana M Farsht; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Along with his wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Gratton in 2007. Interment with Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements by DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, Springfield, VA.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 24, 2013
Joseph L. Murray
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