Phillip A. Murray

Phillip A. Murray, 70, Alexandria, Ind.,passed away Wednesday Dec. 26, 2012 at Community Hospital in Anderson, after an extended illness. Born April 21, 1942, in Anderson to Carl L. and Icia (Gilbert) Murray. Phillip resided in Alexandria since 1981.

Phil was a graduate of Markleville High School, Class of 1960. He had worked as a maintenance foreman and electrician for Guide-Lamp, formerly of Anderson for 37 years retiring in 2003. Phil served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1965 and was stationed in Korea. He was a member of the 5th Street United Methodist Church of Anderson where he chaired the Pastor/Parish Relations Council. He also served as a trustee and usher of the church. He was a member and 32nd degree Mason in the Markleville Masonic Lodge. Phil was a past Associate Guardian of Job’s Daughters and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star both formerly of Alexandria. He was also a member of the Murat Shrine and the Scottish Rite. He belonged to the Fairmount American Legion. At one time, Phil served in the Madison County Sheriff’s Reserves and he has been active in Habitat for Humanity. “Guns, golf and John Wayne” seemed to be favorites of Phil during his lifetime. He was also an avid football fan.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra (Fuqua) Murray whom he married Aug. 27, 1981; son, Robert (Vicki) Bennett of Houston, Texas; 4 daughters, Teresa L. Collins of Alexandria, Michele (Terry) Whiteman of Boynton Beach, Fla., Jessica A. Bressner of Mahomet, Ill, Molly Judd of Markleville, 8 grandchildren, Holly Hammer, Josh (Nikki) Myrick, Bryon Collins, Londin Whiteman, Lacey Boner, Larissa Whiteman, Mackenzie Collins, Kiersten Judd; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Bertram of Middletown; uncle, Ray (Carol) Murray of Hayesville, N.C.; sister-in-law, Shirley (John) Nicholas of Alexandria; several nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Paul and Maxine Fuqua.

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 North Harrison Street, Alexandria. Officiating the service will be Pastor Dan Helm. Interment will follow in Anderson Memorial Park with military honors by the United States Air Force and Anderson VFW-#266.

Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home, 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. The Markleville Masonic Lodge will perform memorial rites at 7 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to the 5th Street United Methodist Church or Community VNA Hospice through the funeral home.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Abbott and his staff, Dr. Nisi and his staff, the doctors and staff at the Madison County Cancer Center and the caregivers of Community VNA Hospice.

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