James C. “Jimmy” Murphy Jr., 83

by | August 31, 2017 3:20 pm

   Funeral services for James C. “Jimmy” Murphy Jr., 83, of Swainsboro were held Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Swainsboro at 11 a.m. with Reverend Paul Leigh officiating. Interment followed in the Swainsboro City Cemetery. He passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017, at his residence following an extended illness. Mr. James C. Murphy was born April 25, 1934 in Swainsboro to the late James Cecil Murphy Sr. and Lydia Kight Murphy. He was appointed United States Marshal Southern District of Georgia from 1977–1982 by his lifelong friend and former president, Jimmy Carter. He served on the State Board of Corrections from 1968–1976 and the State Democratic Executive Committee. Murphy was a charter member of the Georgia Peanut Brigade and served 12 years with the Georgia National Guard. He was a retired carpenter, a building contractor, and served as president of Murphy, Canady, Temples Construction Company. He was employed with Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office from 2007 – 2017. Murphy was a member of First Baptist Church of Swainsboro and the Jimmy Morgan Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley Johnson Murphy; sister, Sara Evelyn Hayes; and son-in-law, Steve Temples. Survivors include his wife, Sue Murphy of Swainsboro; daughter, Mary Anne Temples of East Dublin; granddaughter, Amanda Anne Temples of East Dublin; great-grandson, Cameron Daniels of East Dublin; sisters, Mary (Dana) Kent of Swainsboro, Jonnie (Billy) Boulineau of Swainsboro, and Tessie Greenway of Bartow; step-daughter, Michelle P. (Trey) Freeman of St. Simons Island; step-son, Mitchell W. (Jill) Powell of Watkinsville; one step-granddaughter; two step-grandsons; and several nieces, nephews and friends. Pallbearers were Bill Boulineau, Phillip Boulineau, Cassidy Kent, Mark Greenway, James Slater, Matthew Milburn, Frank Nasworthy Jr., John Tapley, and Daniel Edenfield. Honorary pallbearers were Sheriff Tyson Stephens, Lindsey Thomas, Henry Curl, Johnny Tapley, Dessie Davis, Bobby Marsh, and the employees of the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office, the Emanuel County Courthouse, and the Jimmy Morgan Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 828, Swainsboro, GA 30401. Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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