Clarence Milton "Dick" Murphy Jr., age 75, of Tyler passed away in the mid-afternoon hours of Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler. Dick was born on Jan. 7, 1938, in Nashville, Tenn., to the late Clarence Milton Sr. and Martha Ford Murphy. Dick proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He graduated from what is now West Texas A&M University with a degree in marketing. Dick married Susan Paxton at their home in Tyler on Nov. 12, 2005; she survives. Dick was a member of Rose Heights Church in Tyler, the Masonic Lodge, and Al-Anon. Those who knew Dick will remember him for his giving spirit and ability to fix anything. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
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Dick is survived by his wife, Susan Paxton; one daughter, Shannon Alford and husband Larry; one stepson, Rodger Paxton and wife Janet; one stepdaughter, Andrea Paxton; one brother, Phillip Murphy; three grandchildren, Corey Alford, Melissa Murphy and Nicole Crotzer; and by one great-grandson, Adrian Crotzer.
Services for Clarence "Dick" Murphy Jr. will be at 3 p.m. Jan. 8, 2014, at Lloyd James Funeral Home with David Hickey officiating.
Burial will follow in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery with Larry Alford, Cory Alford, Wendell Labat, Robbie Abillama, Tony Crotzer and Manny Pace serving as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 7, 2014