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705 North Main Street
P.O. Box 864
Andrews, TX 79714
Phone: 432-524-5809
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Joe Bob Murray

May 21, 1925 – October 13, 2018

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Obituary for Joe Bob Murray

Joe Bob Murray, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather passed peacefully Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Andrews, Texas during his 93nd year.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at 10:00 AM Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Bates Family Funeral Chapel, 601 East Front Street, in De Kalb, Texas with his nephew, James Boyd Strain, officiating. Viewing will be from 9 – 10 AM Tuesday at Bates Family Funeral Chapel. Military graveside rites will follow in the Woodmen Cemetery in De Kalb. Services are under the personal care of McNett Funeral Home in Andrews and Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb. Please celebrate the life of Bob by visiting

Bob was born in Spring Hill in East Texas on May 21, 1925 to David Crockett and Lucy Jane (Gay) Murray, the second of two sons. He was a descendent of pioneers who came to Texas by wagon from North Carolina in 1852; of forefathers who were killed in the Revolutionary War and Civil War; and of a father who served in WWI. As a child, he worked on the farm and attended Spring Hill schools, graduating in 1944. With WWII raging, he was drafted into the Army and immediately sent to the front lines in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. There in one of the coldest winters on record, he joined a decimated regiment of the 157th Infantry, 45th Division as a rifleman in a battle-weary platoon. Within weeks they were pushing across the Siegfried Line, fighting in the Battles of Aschaffenburg and Nurnberg, and liberating captives in the units of the Dachau Concentration Camp Complex, witnessing enough human carnage to last a lifetime. For his service, he received the Bronze Star for ground combat against an armed enemy. Three years later, he reenlisted in the 82nd Airborne as a Ranger paratrooper at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he was stationed during the Korean War. On a trip home for the holidays, he proposed to his childhood sweetheart, Dulcia Williams, who had also grown up on a farm in Spring Hill and was teaching school in Kermit, Texas. On December 28, 1950, they married, and she soon joined him at Fort Bragg, where they shared many precious memories as young newlyweds while on standby awaiting his orders. In 1953, during an oil and gas boom time, they moved to Jal, New Mexico where she taught in the Jal Public School system for 35 years, and where he began his 30-plus year career working in the natural gas industry for El Paso Natural Gas and Burlington Resources, and later as an independent consultant until his early 80s. A lifelong Methodist, Bob served on the board of the First United Methodist Church of Jal, where he taught in the men’s Sunday school class for many years. He was an active Mason in Jal Masonic Lodge and an avid sportsman who enjoyed bird hunting, fishing and playing golf. Throughout his life, he was a man of honor and decency, even in the midst of the horrors of war, which were depicted in his published memoir, To Be As Brave, a book he co-authored in 2001 with his daughter Brenda Murray Weir. The book brought him back in touch for the first time with many of the men, who so long ago, so courageously served together, and the publication gave him an opportunity during promotional tours to share with students in schools the importance of perseverance and courage throughout their lives. He was a member of the Greatest Generation, but truly, his greatest role was as a husband, father and grandfather. All of us were blessed to have his wise counsel and steadfast love, and we will carry the memory of his love, his enduring courage and compassion, and his ever-calming presence in our hearts forever.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years Dulcia (Williams) Murray on July 5, 2018; his parents D. C. and Lucy (Gay) Murray; his brother Crockett Murray, Jr.; his wife’s parents Art and Mattie Belle (Shaver) Williams and all his wife’s siblings and their spouses.

Survivors: daughters Brenda (Sam) Weir of Fort Worth, Texas; Gina (Rick) Miller of Jal, New Mexico; three granddaughters Taelor (Dusty) Loftis of Jal, New Mexico; Jane Weir of Fort Worth, Texas; Kay Weir of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law Loleta Murray of De Kalb, TX and many loving nieces and nephews and their families.

Memorial considerations: Veterans Moral Injury Program, Soul Repair Center, Texas Christian University, Box 298130, Fort Worth, TX 76129

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First Visitation

When Tuesday, October 16, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Bates Family Funeral Home Chapel
601 East Front Street
De Kalb, Texas 75559
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Service Information

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:00am
James Boyd Strain, Nephew, De Kalb, Texas
Bates Family Funeral Home Chapel
601 East Front Street
De Kalb, Texas 75559

Interment Information

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:00am
Woodmen Cemetery
Address Not Available
De Kalb, Texas 75559

Memorial Program

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