William David Murphy

William David Murphy passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 6, 2022. He is survived by two daughters, Keye Murphy Williams and husband Clay of Charlotte, TN, and Stacy Murphy Burchfield and husband Jay of Hammond, LA. He leaves five grandchildren, McKenzie and Kate Williams of Charlotte, TN and Caleb, Layne and wife Marissa, and Adrian Burchfield all of Hammond, LA.

David was born in Greenwood, MS on February 23, 1944, to the late Captain Rufus Murphy and his wife Naomi McDonald Murphy. A sister, Kathy, preceded him in death as a child. He leaves two sisters, Shirley Poe (Larry), Nancy Jackson (Everett), and two brothers, Danny Murphy (Betty) and Freddie Murphy (Dixie), and also six nephews, and two nieces.

David attended Greenwood City schools for twelve years, graduating from Greenwood High. After graduation he attended Mississippi State University in Starkville on a football scholarship, later attended Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorhead, MS on a basketball scholarship, and Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War serving his country for a year on active duty with the 173rd Quarter Master Petro unit of the Mississippi National Guard in Greenwood, where he was a gunner on a gun jeep. David had a God given talent for construction and remodeled and built houses for a number of years in Leflore and Carroll County. He then owned and operated 4K convenience store in Carrollton with the help of his brother and later partner, Freddie, until his retirement.

He was a diligent Bible student for about thirty years and taught a Bible study class at his home every week for fifteen years. He loved all nature, hunting (especially turkey and deer) and fishing. He meticulously cared for his place near Teoc in Carroll County that was his “heaven on earth”.

A memorial service for David will be held at the North Mississippi Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Kilmichael, MS, with full Military Honors, on Friday, October 21, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

5 thoughts on “William David Murphy

  1. Keye and Stacy,

    Your father was a talented and personable man. His skills in construction were those of an artist. He had such a friendly, personable way of interaction. We know he was a good hunter, as he taught Hank a lot.

    We wish you peace and God’s love during his passing.

    Anne and Hank Roberts


  2. My prayers go out to Danny’s family, I pray that they have Peace and Comfort in the sad time. Danny and I were in the same unit the 173rd Pet Unit in Greenwood back in the 70’s. Danny was a very good friend of mine and I will miss him dearly. He will be on my prayer list every night, RIP my good friend.


  3. We want David’s daughters to know we thought he had some natural genius for construction. We know he was a great hunter, as he taught Hank a lot years ago. David was very, very personable…we were always glad to see him.


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