Created August 27, 2018

In Memory

- This eternal flame burns forever
- in remembrance of James F. Murphee

James F. "Murph" Murphree

June 13, 1939 - April 21, 2019

James F. ďMurphĒ Murphree, age 79, of Russellville, slipped his lines at the pier of life this past

Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, and set sail on his final and eternal patrol.


He was born on June 13, 1939, in Lambert, Mississippi, to Clyde and Glennie Busby Murphree.

James was a proud graduate of Central High School and Arkansas Tech University.  He served in

the United States Navy from 1957 to 1976, starting out as a radio man and retiring as a

CWO2.A loyal friend, shipmate, and a fierce patriot, Murph will be remembered with great

affection by all who served with him.After retiring in 1976, he worked at Arkansas Nuclear One

from 1976 to 1999.  He and Bettye Jo then moved to Florida for 12 years before returning to

Russellville to be close to family.


He was a member of St. Johnís Catholic Church and a Fourth-Degree member of council 6398

of the Knights of Columbus. He was a devoted husband for 61 years to Bettye Jo ďBejoĒ

Murphree; a loving father, brother, papa, and big papa to his family that will miss him dearly.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Glennie Murphree; two brothers; and one sister.


He is survived by his loving wife, Bettye Jo; three daughters, Rhonda (Bill) Orsburn, Pam (Jen)

Freeman, and Marianne (Pete) Apple; six grandchildren, Preston (Heather) Freeman, Emily

(Nathan) Grifford, Sarah (Brandon) Holland, Ashley (Sam) McClain, Lauren (Daniel) Kendall,

and Lee (Ali) Burris; 14 great grandchildren; one brother, Johnny Murphree; and two sisters,

Nancy Rose and Betty Wierman.


The funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25, 2019, at St. Johnís Catholic Church

with Father Jack Sidler officiating.  Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Park under the

direction of Shinn Funeral Service.


The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with Rosary starting at

6:00 p.m., at the funeral home.


Pallbearers are Bill Orsburn, Pete Apple, Lee Burris, Preston Freeman, James Freeman,

Jim Tarvin, and Johnny Murphree.


Honorary Pallbearers are his fellow shipmates from the United States Navy, beloved co-workers

from Arkansas Nuclear One, and his brothers in the Knights of Columbus.


The online obituary and guestbook are available at

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Though He's gone, He is not forgotten.
Though absent, He remains in spirit.
Though once a worker, He now rest.

by The Arkansas Good Sams

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