Forest E. Murphy

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Stewart Family Funeral Home - Tyler
7525 Old Jacksonville Highway
Tyler, TX

Services for Foster E. Murphy, 96, of Tyler will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church with Dr. Doug Baker and Rev. Gerry Giles officiating. A private family graveside service is planned at Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Mr. Murphy passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Tyler. He was born October 20, 1922 in Chattanooga, Oklahoma to Peter Thomas and Nina Foster Murphy.

Foster was not only a member of Marvin United Methodist Church and the Chapel Sunday School class with his wife Mary for 64 years; he also served there on the Board of Trustees, as Usher, and as Sunday school teacher. He was a long-time member and Past-President of Kiwanis. Foster served over several decades as a volunteer and leader in the East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was instrumental in establishing the East TX Area Council Foundation. He served on the Board of Development at UT Tyler and the Planning Board for Meadow Lake Senior Living. He served as a Director on the First State Bank & Trust in Carthage, Texas. Foster's community involvement extended to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and so many others as he lived out his faith in his community.

Foster graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where he was a member of the rowing team. He served in World War II in the Pacific and in the Korean War, and was a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps; by the time of his honorable discharge in 1957, he was ranked as a Captain in the Air Force.

Foster developed his own insurance agency as a General Agent of Pan American Life serving East Texas. He was one of the first in Tyler awarded as Chartered Life Underwriter.

Foster was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Payne Murphy; his three sons and their wives: Thomas Murphy and Share of Dallas, John Murphy and Elizabeth of Tyler, and David Murphy and Peggy of Shreveport; as well as many grandchildren: Carolyn Payne Murphy of Shreveport, Andrew Joseph Murphy and wife Kelsey of Oklahoma City, Ryan Elizabeth Murphy and Mary Kate Murphy of Tyler, and Patrick Thomas Murphy of Houston.

Honorary pallbearers will be the officers and directors of First State Bank of Carthage, members of the Chapel Class of Marvin United Methodist Church and Louis G. Bain.

The family is grateful to Meadow Lake Health Center and Heart-to-Heart Hospice for their care of Foster, especially in his last weeks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Texas Area Council of the Boy Scouts, 1331 E. 5th St., Tyler, TX 75701 or Marvin United Methodist Church Eternal Flame Fund at 300 W. Erin St., Tyler, TX 75702, or a local charity of your choice.

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 11, 2019
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