Franklin D. Murphy | 1940 - 2015 | Obituary

Franklin D. Murphy
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Franklin D. Murphy

April 30, 1940 - July 29, 2015

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Franklin Delano Murphy was born in Hallsboro, North Carolina, to the late Maggie Jane Simpson and John Dancy Murphy. He was the fifth of eight children. Franklin is preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Warren Murphy and his sisters, Ann Hite and Iris Sabree.

Frank attended Chadbourn Elementary School and was quite the character. He was well known to the principal and, especially, to his wife because of the many times she called Frank in to give him dry pants for school because of his playful puddle jumping antics right in front of their house.

He graduated from Westside High School in Chadbourn, North Carolina and left the family farm to attend Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. He entered Claflin with dual scholarships for music and athletics and a major in sociology. In his junior year he and his older brother, Warren, formed a singing group called "The Essence". Frank was also a valuable member of the university's basketball team.

After graduating from college in 1963 he moved to New York and began work as a youth counselor. During this time he married Elaine Johnson and they had two beautiful children from this union, Rhonda and Franklin.

In the mid 1970's he met Laura Hurley. She shared his passion for sports and music. They married on August 21, 1983 at her parents' home in Addisleigh Park, New York in the presence of family and friends.

In the late 1970's Frank began work for the Rockefeller Program as a Narcotic Parole Officer and retired as a Parole Officer in 1996.

As an outstanding vocal artist, Frank has captivated audiences worldwide and has received numerous honors and awards for his musical flair. While singing was Frank's passion, when he had the time to relax, you would find him in his recliner, facing his large-screened TV with one hand on the remote and the newspaper across his lap. He loved watching sports with Laura and going to the movies.

His mere presence filled the room with a voice that sounded like no other. He was a master joke teller and was usually laughing as hard as everyone else by the time he reached the punch line.

Frank loved having company and being the perfect host. His baked stuffed fish specialty and banana pudding were a hit at every party. He was a proud, self-assured and perfect gentleman; he loved his children and family.

He will be missed tremendously by all who knew him.

Frank leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife, Laura, and his children, Rhonda Braithwaite and Franklin Murphy; two grandchildren, Nyasia Murphy and Isaiah Braithwaite; brothers and sisters-in law, Harrison Murphy and wife, Bette, and John Mahdi and wife, Karima; sisters, Magdalene Sabree and Jerenda Burroughs; brother-in-law, Anderson Hite and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ross and Patricia Hurley; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; best friends, Joe Burgess and Joe McBride; NY Connection Band Members, Aaron "Shocky" Thompson, Perry "Lovelace" Smith, Joe Frye, and Lou Vignapiano.

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