Clair J. "C.J." Murphy, 88, passed away Tuesday (May 28, 2013) at Good Samaritan Hospital in Zanesville.
He was born March 6, 1925, in Caldwell, the son of the late Theodore and Estella McKee Murphy. He graduated from Caldwell High School, attended Ohio University, veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy, served as a sound motion picture technician. He graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1950. He was the owner and director of Murphy Funeral Home from 1950-1982 and Murphy's Furniture and Carpet in Caldwell for over 50 years.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, American Legion Post #252, Masonic Lodge at Sharon #136, Cambridge Chapter #53, Council #74, Commandery #47, Marietta IOOF Lodge #67. Was a charter member of Guernsey valley old car club & Caldwell Moose #221. Member of AAA South Central Ohio Advisors Board, Noble County Historical Society, Noble County Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Funeral Directors Association. His great loves were his family business and community development.
He was well known for his partaking in parades and his Uncle Sam costume. Was recognized as a collector of new items and photos of historical and current events. Was a member of GVOCC classic car of America, National Cadillac and Lasalle Club, Antique Car Club of America and other regional clubs, relaxing time spent repairing antique radios and cars. He is survived by a son Jay Murphy of Caldwell.
Preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (June 1, 2013) at First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell with the Rev. Helen Lewis Officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (May 31, 2013) at Murphy-McCurdy Funeral Home in Caldwell and for one hour before the service at the church. Burial in Olive Cemetery with full military rites by VFW in Caldwell.