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Ocie Fraser Murray

Mr. Ocie Fraser Murray of 1014 Eighth Street, Virgilina died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the age of 96. He was born in Granville County, N.C. on January 31, 1917 to the late Cabel Flournoy Murray and the late Emily Tuck Murray and was married to the late Pearl Glascock Murray. 

Mr. Murray was owner/operator of Murray’s Shop since 1938 and was a lifetime member of Union Christian Church where he served as a deacon and a trustee. He was a charter member of the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a former chief. Mr. Murray was a member of the Virgilina Town Council from 1972 until 1980 and served as mayor of Virgilina from 1980 until 1986. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 plus years.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia M. Owen, and husband George of Burlington, N.C.; two sons, Ocie F. “Sonny” Murray Jr. and wife Deborah of Fayetteville, N.C. and W. Allen Murray and wife Wanda of South Boston; two granddaughters, Lawanna M. Tetterton and husband Bill and Trina M. Morris; three grandsons, G. Edward Owen Jr. and wife Sabrina, Michael E. Murray and wife Katherine and Jason B. Murray and wife Marjorie; and 12 great-grandchildren, Carter, Paige, Dylan, Connor, Finn, Penelope, Stella, Kayla, Kelsey, Collin, Lauren and Drew. 

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Ada M. Shotwell, Ruth M. Tuck and Selma M. Rice; and three brothers, Cabel Sol Murray, Leon Cook Murray and Herman Murray Sr.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Union Christian Church in Virgilina  with the Revs. Carroll Glasscock and Norman Talley officiating. Burial will follow in the Virgilina Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Union Christian Church on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from noon until 1:30 p.m. and at other times at the home.

The family requests that those wishing to give memorials consider the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 266, Virgilina, VA 24598 or the Virgilina Cemetery Fund, c/o Lottie T. Nunn, P.O. Box 178, Virgilina, VA 24598. 

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