Bobbie Jean Lewis Murphy

Panama City, Florida

1941 - 2020


Panama City, Florida


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"You Are My Sunshine"

Bobbie Jean Lewis Murphy, age 79, of Panama City, Florida, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at her home on Saturday, August 29, 2020, after suffering from dementia. She was born at home on June 4, 1941, in Panama City, Florida, and was one of seven children.

As a lifelong resident of Bay County, she made great friends and celebrated wonderful milestones here throughout her life. She helped with the family business alongside her father at Coastal Metals for many years. Bobbie Jean was a proud graduate of the Bay High School Class of '59. After high school, she married the love of her life, Royal Murphy, and together they raised their only son, Michael. She maintained a happy home while supporting Royal as he built their family business, Key Electrical Supply, Inc. alongside their son. She loved being a mother and grandmother, and with Royal by her side, supported her boys in all of their childhood activities. She attended City Church and was an active member of the "Sonshine Class."

Known for her southern hospitality, Bobbie Jean's "open door policy" and love for entertaining ensured that friends and family always felt welcome. Bobbie Jean never met a stranger, and she made and maintained friendships wherever she went. Her favorite activities included traveling the country to watch Florida State football, attending weddings, baby, and bridal showers, volunteering with the Jaycettes and the Gulf Coast Women's Club, and participating in WAGA. Bobbie Jean was a world-class cook. Known for her delicious white acre peas and mouthwatering pound cake, nothing made her happier than preparing these specialties for friends and family.

She spent the last days of her life surrounded by family and friends. Singing was a favorite family activity over the years, and her brothers and husband serenaded her with her favorite song, "You Are My Sunshine," before she passed.

Bobbie Jean was preceded in death by her father, Floyd A. Lewis, and mother, Catherine Wright Lewis; her brother, Mallie Joe Lewis; her sister, Freida Lewis Dunlap (Brian); and two sisters-in-law, Levada Cobb (Buren) and Earline Vernon (Adrian).

Bobbie Jean is survived by her husband of 60 years, Royal Murphy; her son, Michael Ray Murphy (Alex); and two cherished grandsons, Taylor and Carter Murphy; two brothers, Ronald Lewis (Joanna); Wayne Lewis (Anita); two sisters, Lynda Elmore; Cathy Young (Matt); and her brother-in-law Malcolm Murphy (Pat), along with a great number of nieces and nephews whom she adored.

There will be a visitation on Thursday, September 3rd, from 5 - 7 P.M. at Wilson Funeral Home and a graveside service on Friday, September 4th, at 10 A.M. at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. The family urges everyone to be mindful of COVID health concerns. Cards are equally appreciated in place of attendance for those who wish to exercise caution. Visit for more information regarding a video link, photos, and to submit condolences online.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Salvation Army or to the Baptist Center of Panama City, 123 Kraft Avenue, Panama City, Florida 32401 in her name.

Wilson Funeral Home
Family Owned Since 1911
214 Airport Road
Panama City, Fla.

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It was our pleasure to know and love Bobbie Jean. She was a lovely lady, and her warm personality and beautiful smile brightened any occasion. She will be fondly remembered by so many. Love and prayers to all the family. Rick & Judy Gaal

Royal, so sorry for your loss. Bobbie Jean was a wonderful person and I have some good memories from our days at the softball park. I admired the strong relationship the two of you had. God bless you and my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Bobbie Jean Murphy. She was truly a wonderful lady. I met Bobbie Jean through many activities with the Panama City Jaycees, FSU football events, and many other functions.
She was a first class lady and will be dearly missed.
Royal, Mike, Alex and family, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

I was sadden to read the loss of your loved one. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt thoughts are with you Royal, Michael and families. I have
such fond memories of our days way back at Panama Christian. Bobbie
Jean was such a sweet and wonderful lady. I pray God gives you strength and comfort during this most difficult time. God bless you,
Evelyn Easterwood, Huntsville

So sorry to hear, a wonderful lady, my prayers are with you Royal!