A 1965 graduate of Caldwell County High School and a 1970 graduate of Murray State University, he was the son of the late Geneva and Deon Murphy.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Bridges.
Survivors include a son, John Murphy; and a daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Cory Jarvis; a granddaughter, Olivia Jarvis; and his former wife, Elaine Perry Murphy, all of Grapevine, Texas; a sister, Mary Lee Cravens of Hendersonville, Tenn; an aunt, Johnnie Bryant Buhler, of Clarksville, Tenn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His body was cremated and, at his request, no funeral service was held.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions for Olivia Jarvis, made to the Hughes Road Montessori School, P.O. Box 667, Grapevine, TX 76099.