Michael Thomas Murphy, 65, of Greenville, passed away on
June 12, 2017 at his residence after a lengthy battle with cancer. A memorial
service is scheduled for 10:00 A.M., Friday, June 16, 2017 at Coker-Mathews
Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Ralson officiating.
Michael was born in Pittsburg, TX, on April 28, 1952 to
parents Kermit Claude Murphy and Gloria Anne Murphy Dean.
He is survived by his brother, James Murphy of Grand Saline;
nephew Christopher Murphy of Crandall; friend, Kathy Abercrombie of Greenville
and his three beloved cats, Red, Simba and Zilla.
Michael attended Sunset High School in Dallas, TX, and then served 8 years in
the United States Army, earning the rank of staff sergeant of a tank crew while
stationed in Nuremberg, Germany. There he earned a BS degree from the
University of Nuremberg. After his honorable discharge from the service Michael
returned home to Dallas and began working for the Monroe Schnieder Co., as
a project manager of a large commercial carpet and flooring installations, then
opened his own successful flooring business in Dallas and later moved the
business to Idaho. After selling his business in Idaho Michael returned to
Texas, making his home in Greenville. After moving back to Greenville, Michael
started working for Wal-Mart. Over the next 20 plus years he influenced and
touched countless lives.
He was preceded in death by his parents.