- Ada, Oklahoma

March 31, 2014

Jerry Murphey


   Services for Jerry Lee Murphey, 81, of Corpus Christi, Texas, are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen School Auditorium. Burial will follow at Allen Cemetery. 

   Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel in Allen. 

   Mr. Murphey died Friday, March 28, 2014. 

   He was born Dec. 26, 1932, to Arthur and Claudie Qualls Murphey at Ada. He graduated from Allen High School. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a sergeant in the 45th Infantry of the Oklahoma National Guard. 

   Mr. Murphey graduated from Eastern Oklahoma A & M. He worked in the oil fields and after moving to Corpus Christi, he was employed with Suntide Refinery. He worked in safety, maintenance and operations and later in petrochemicals. He supervised the start-up of Parazlene units in the United States and Puerto Rico and later became a consultant. As a sideline, he owned and operated Westside Refrigeration.

   He retired from Suntide, which was bought out by Koch Refinery and presently Flint Hills Refinery, in 1992 after 38 years.

  He was a Mason, an active member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and a historical partner of the Gilcrease Museum. Mr. Murphey was raised in the Allen Church of Christ and was a longtime member of the Arlington Heights Church of Christ in Corpus Christi.  

   Mr. Murphey and Thurma Jean Triplett were married Dec. 26, 1952. After her death, he married Ruth Penick in October 1968. 

   He is survived by his wife, Ruth Roscher Penick Murphey; a son, Jerry Murphey and wife, Sandy, of El Campo, Texas; daughters Sheryl Bremer and husband, Dan, of New Braunfels, Texas, Kimberly Hull of Rowlett, Texas, Karen Hall and husband, Jim, of Campbell, Texas; stepsons Wayne Penick and wife, Donna, of League City, Texas, and Fred Penick of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Jacob Bremer, Brandy Mann, Lacey Murphey, Shana Hull, Brandon Hull and Stevie Burleson; great-grandchildren Clayton Mann, Kelsey Mann, Dylan Johnston, Finnley Hull, Christian Earp and Ari Quillan; and a special niece, Jennifer Hatch of Corpus Christi. 

   Mr. Murphey was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Judy Hatch; and a grandson, Jonathan Bremer.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 Gilcrease Museum Road, Tulsa, OK 74127 or the 101 Ranch Old Timers Association, 1609 Donald Ave., Ponca City, OK 74604.  

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   Criswell Funeral Home, Ada