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Rodney Wallace Murray

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 24, 2006 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | No Comments

Rodney Wallace Murray, 58, resident of Raleigh, died Saturday.

Born in Durham, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Lola Cone Murray.

For 38 years Mr. Murray has been in fire service. He was with the Chapel Hill Fire Department for 26 years and the last 12 years he was Fire Chief for the town of Carrboro.

Surviving are two sons, Christopher Murray of Apex and Bradley Murray of Raleigh and one brother, Donovan Murray and wife, Pat, of Durham.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Wednesday in Durham Memorial Baptist Church.
Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Gerald Goodwin, Rev. Ed Denton, Rev.Albert Williams and Chief Dan Jones. Burial will be in the family cemetery at Samaria, NC.

Friends may visit at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home from 7 to 9 PM Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Harold Horne, Billy Breeden, Lemuel Henderson, Gerald Farrell, Gene Lloyd, Chief Everett Lloyd and Myrle Smith.

Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospital, 101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC

Condolences for the family of “Rodney Wallace Murray”

Condolence from Teresa on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Murray many years ago. He came into my work place to set up cellular phone service for the fire department. Very sweet and kind. Always cheerful and eager to help others. Always cared about taking care of others more than the needs of himself. Always ready to do whatever it took to take care of the department and the staff to make sure they were safe. If you were having a bad day just let Mr. Murray walk in to the room and it was like a room full of sunshine. He will be missed. No matter about the newspaper printing he was a wonderful person and would do anything to help you not hurt you. The world needs more people like him.

Condolence from Toni Pendergraph on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Dear Christopher and Brad: We are so very sorry about your Dad. He was a truly great person and he loved you both very much. Our love to you both and our deepest sympathy. Ralph and Toni Pendergraph, Pittsboro, NC

Condolence from Robert & Brenda Frick on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

A good man that dedicated his life to helping others in their most desperate times of need. No one should overlook all those years of dedication for a few months of frustration due to uncontrollable life changes. It is hoped that Rodney has found the peace he was trying to find. May God be with his family and friends during this sad time.

Condolence from Brenda Morris Kuntz on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Dear Brad and Chris, You are in my thoughts and prayers.Your Dad was such a wonderful man and he touched so many hearts and lives…he will never be forgotten. He was so very proud of you boys. I loved him very much and will miss him terribly. Please stay in touch. Love, Brenda

Condolence from Gina Turner on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

It was such an honor knowing Chief. I was fortunate enought to see him daily for the past 3 years as he rode home for lunch. He always had a smile and a wave for me. He was such a hero to all the kids and they loved him so much. He touched many lives here at Berkshire Manor and many residents are grieving with me. He will be missed by us all.

Condolence from C.W. Moss on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Family of Rodney:
I grew up with Rodney in Joyland Community. I am very proud of his accomplishments as a father and fireman. May God you peace, comfort, and strength during these days. Let his accomplishments give you joy always as you remember him.
C.W. & Dale Moss

Condolence from Steve Stewart on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Rodney’s family. You and he have endured a great deal over the last few months. I will always remember Rodney’s easy way and his big heart. I am proud to have worked with him and to have called him my friend.

Condolence from Lt. William M. Kitchin, Lisa and Mark on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am
Condolence from Lt. William M. Kitchin, Lisa and Mark on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am
Condolence from Charlotte Lewis on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Chief Murray made me smile every time I saw him and I am glad to have known such a caring man.

Condolence from Jane Tuohey on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Chief Murray will be missed, I had the pleasure of knowing him for the past 8 years, he was a cheerful man with a great disposition.

Condolence from James Spivey on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Chris & Brad:
Words cannot express my condolences to you. Your father was a man of great compassion and sympathy. I will keep you in my prayers.
God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love be yours during your time of bereavement…

Condolence from Susan Gerringer on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

I would like to express my condolences to the family of Chief Murray as well as to the “family” of fellow fire-fighters with whom he worked side-by-side with for so many years. For most of us who worked with Chief Murray, either directly or indirectly, the memory of him we will carry will be that of a loyal public servant, well respected by co-workers and the community that he served. Please take comfort in knowing that is what comes to our minds when we think about Chief Murray. May he now be at peace.

Condolence from Tamara Hayes on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Rodney will truly be missed by many. Rodney called the Carrboro HR department on 6/21 and I answered the phone to hear him say, “Hey Suge”. I told him it was great to hear his voice. I’ve been replaying “Hey Suge” over and over in my head since the news of his passing. Rodney was a great and caring person that can not be replaced.
Tamara Hayes

Condolence from Angela Witham Collins on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear about your father. I know you have been through a lot since I saw you in the hospital parking deck. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Condolence from LeAnn Nease Brown on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Dear Chris and Brad, Please know that Brac, Austin and I send our condolences and want you to know that you have our deepest sympathy. Your former Quail Roost neighbors

Condolence from Joe & Frankie Robertson on June 27th, 2006 12:00 am

Dear Chris and Brad, Our deepest sympathies are extended to you at this very difficult time of bereavement for you. We’ll treasure those memories of your Dad that helped make life bearable for each of us . If we can assist either of you , in any way, please don’t hesitate to call upon us. We’re sorry that we won’t be able to attend visitation or services for your Dad due to prior commitments.

Condolence from Walter Mills, Capt., CFD on June 28th, 2006 12:00 am

I want to thank Chief Murray for the years he dedicated to the fire service. He was a mentor and a supervisor that I have enjoyed working for. I certainly hope that everyone will remember the good things he did for CFD. Thanks

Condolence from Hugh Miles on June 28th, 2006 12:00 am

I’m sorry for the loss of a very good man. Chief Murry was one of my very best Bosses and friend in my life and I will miss him dearly. I will keep him and the family in my prayers always.

Condolence from Mary Blevins on June 28th, 2006 12:00 am

To Chris and Brad – Your Dad was a kind and gentle man, as I am sure you know. He was wonderful, so helpful and reassuring, to me when I was being hired at CH Fire Department many years ago, and I got to know him there until he took the job with Carrboro. He always had a big smile and could laugh at silly stuff without getting upset. I bet he was often like that as a father. Although these last few months must have been very hard for both of you, I pray that your warm memories of him will last much longer than the pain, and I’m glad that I got to know such a nice man for a little while. God Bless You..Be Well, and know that your Dad loved you. Mary Blevins, Chapel Hill Fire Department

Condolence from Sarah Williamson on June 29th, 2006 12:00 am
Condolence from Lee Sparrow on June 30th, 2006 12:00 am

Good man.
Great friend.
Fantastic leader.
Hell of a firefighter!
Need I say more?

Condolence from Charles Murray on July 2nd, 2006 12:00 am

I grew up seeing Rodney on holidays & at family events. He was always wearing a smile and was a great man. I applied to Orange County for a telecommunicator position back in the late 80’s and Rodney was helpful in getting me directed to the right folks. He will be missed!

Condolence from Ronda Sortino on July 13th, 2006 12:00 am


I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Remembering our shag lessons in college still brings a smile to my face. He was a great man.

You and your family are in my prayers.

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