Joseph Kelly Murphy
1930 - 2021
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MURPHY, Joseph Kelly Joseph Kelly Murphy passed away on Thursday, January 7th at his home in Granbury, Texas. Joe was born in Reading, PA on February 25th, 1930, the son of Ernest Joseph Murphy and Alleyne Alexander Murphy. He was preceded in death by his children, Joseph Kelly Murphy Jr., Connie Jean Murphy, and George Clifton Murphy. Joe was reared in Vicksburg, Mississippi and later graduated from Hollandale, Mississippi High School and Mississippi College, where he participated in football and track. He received his Master's Degree from Ole Miss and became Head Coach in all sports at Inverness High School in Inverness, Mississippi. After one year he was named Head Football Coach at Mississippi College. During these years, he was married to Ruby Jean Oakes of Hollandale, Mississippi and they had their three children: Joseph Jr, Connie, and George. After coaching six years at Mississippi College, Joe served for 35 years as a General Agent with Fidelity Union Life while participating in the Masters Track and Field Club, winning two World Championships in High Hurdles and being named All American in Masters Track. During the Korean War he spent time in the United States Marine Corp, and later moved his family to Dallas, Texas. After retiring from insurance, he became Head Track Coach, winning two conference championships and Assistant Football Coach at Paul Quinn College in Dallas, Texas. His personal life has been filled with good family and friends and enjoyment. He will be greatly missed by those he left behind. Survivors include: wife Jean Oakes Murphy (69 years married), granddaughter Melissa Roberson Shipp & husband Scott Shipp, great grandchildren Cooper Kelly Shipp and Addison Grace Shipp, and one sister, Patricia Foster. A Graveside Service to be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the Garden of Acacia at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 7405 W.Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75225. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Jan. 13, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
I am so sorry about your loss, may you find comfort and peace in the days ahead. Joe was a fine man who loved his family deeply. May all of you
think of happy times with him.
Mary Patricia Wright
January 13, 2021
I was honored to know Joe and his lovely family. He always had a smile and something funny to say. What a wonderful guy! RIP, Joe.
Bridget Clary
January 13, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
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