Death of Jack Raymond Murray

Jack Raymond Murray
Born in Urichsville, OH on Jul. 2, 1929
Departed on Jan. 26, 2012 and resided in Parkersburg, WV.
Visitation:     Friday, Jan. 27, 2012
Service:     Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012
Cemetery:     Mt. Olivet Cemetery

Jack Raymond Murray, 82, of Parkersburg, died Jan. 26, 2012, in Marietta. He was born July 2, 1929, in Urichsville, Ohio to the late Joseph and Clara Murray.

Mr. Murray was the founder of Murray Sheet Metal Company in Parkersburg and continued ownership for 40 plus years until he sold the company. Mr. Murray was active in many organizations and achieved many awards throughout his lifetime. He was a charter member of the WV Contractor’s Licensing Board, Erickson All Sports Facility Board Member, Honorary Chairperson of The Holiday in the Park, P.M.B.C. Trades Council, and Past President of the Parkersburg/Marietta Contractor’s Association. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Mt. Olivet Lodge 3, Valley of Parkersburg Orient of West Virginia Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Knights Templar of Parkersburg, Shriners International of Parkersburg, and Ben Bay Grotto. He was also a member of The Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1118, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Elks, Parkersburg Lodge 198, American Legion, Post 64, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1212, Sheet Metal Local 33 of Parkersburg, and Past Chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Past Wood County Democratic Chairman.

Mr. Murray was actively involved in politics throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s working for such individuals as Jay Rockefeller, Robert Mollohan, Robert Byrd, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Gaston Caperton. He was equally involved in many community projects throughout the years, notably with the Allohak Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Holiday in the Park, and Erickson All Sports Facility.

He is survived by his two children, Cammy Murray (Dr. Jen Dennis) of Parkersburg and Jay P. Murray (Amy Murray) of Raleigh, N.C.; his grandchildren, Kyle E. Pugh of Parkersburg, Noah R. Murray of Raleigh, N.C. and Jay T. Murray of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; nephews, Bill and Bob Murray and Wayne Carr; and his companion, Dorothy Turner.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Wavylena “Linda” Murray; three brothers, Joe Murray, Donald Murray and Roy Murray; and one sister, Helen Carr.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with Chris Holdren officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Masonic Rites by Mount Olivet Lodge 3. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today.

Memorial donations may be made to Erickson All Sports Facility, P.O. Box 3750, Parkersburg, WV 26103 or Parkersburg Humane Society, P.O. Box 392, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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