Raymond Allan Murphy, D.O. passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020, at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Raymond Allan Murphy, D.O. was born on August 27, 1936, in Port Arthur, Texas, the son of Raymond and Lena Zumo Murphy. He was a 1955 graduate of Port Neches Groves High School, where he was an All-State basketball player despite not playing high school basketball until his junior year in high school. His press clippings indicate that former NFL quarterback and Monday Night Football personality Don Meredith was also Texas All-State in basketball that year, to give some perspective on timing.
Dr. Murphy was given an opportunity to continue his education in college via a basketball scholarship to Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas, and then completed his undergraduate education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. From there he moved to Missouri to attend medical school at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, having been inspired to do so by a family doctor growing up.
There, he met Ann Maddox, who eventually became Ann Maddox Murphy. After an internship in Dallas, he and Ann returned to Missouri where he initially practiced in Brookfield and also operated a satellite practice in Brunswick, Missouri. Eventually, he joined his father-in-law R. D. (“Rex”) Maddox, D.O., and later also had the privilege of practicing with his brother in law R.D. (“Don”) Maddox, II, D.O., in Macon, Missouri.
Following the completion of a residency in radiology, the Murphy family moved to Clarksville, Missouri where Dr. Murphy practiced at Pike County Memorial Hospital, and then he spent the next 30+ years as a radiologist at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington, Missouri. Up until a month before his passing, Dr. Murphy continued to practice radiology on a locum tenens basis at various facilities. He simply loved people and the practice of medicine.
Outside of work, Dr. Murphy’s lifetime passions were the American Quarter Horse and his family. After “grooming” for years while the rest of his family competed, and after undergoing a quadruple bypass in 2002, Dr. Murphy surprised the rest of the family in 2004 when he announced that he had decided to compete himself. After purchasing his first horse for himself, Dr. Murphy quickly decided that he wanted to step up and be more competitive, and with the assistance of trainer Jon Barry was able to purchase a western pleasure gelding named Chocolate For Sure in late 2004.
That purchase began several glorious years when “Dr. Ray” and Ann traveled the country competing and spending time with old and new friends at various venues across the United States. The journey with Chocolate For Sure culminated with world championships at both the NSBA World and at AQHA’s Select World in 2006. Dr. Murphy was especially proud when he and Ann and Chocolate for Sure were inducted into the Missouri Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Dr. Murphy enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family, whether it be at equine or dance competitions, or high school sporting events. He had a unique and special relationship with each of his grandchildren, teaching them many valuable life lessons by setting an example for each of them to follow.
Dr. Murphy is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann. And he is survived by a loving sister Mary (Charles) Woodall. He leaves two children, Mike (Linda) Murphy, and Molly (Mike) Miller. And he is survived by seven grandchildren—Nicholas Murphy, Zachary Hibbits, Drew Miller, Brock Murphy, Halle Hibbits, Mikayla Miller, and Maddox Murphy.
Graveside services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, August 8, 2020, at the Oakwood Cemetery in Macon with Dr. Dave Leslie presiding. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hutton & McElwain Funeral Home in Macon.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Dr. Murphy’s name to Missouri Quarter Horse Association Charities:
c/o Dr. Pam Downing
700 S. Rangeline Rd
Columbia, MO 65201