Donald Murphy

Obituary of Donald Murphy


            Donald Eugene Murphy, 82, of Jacksonville, died Monday, May 21, 2018, at his home.  He was born April 27, 1936, near Woodson, the son of Timothy and Martha Esther Wild Murphy.  He married Roberta “Bodie” Gregory on December 27, 1957, at Church of Our Saviour in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death on August 9, 2004.

            Don is survived by two daughters, Robyn (Gary) Bland and Tracy (Dane) Roach, both of Jacksonville, five grandchildren, Gary Bland, Jr. and Clayton Bland (companion Peggy Hopper), both of Jacksonville, Kortny Bland (fiancé, Sam Carpenter) of Nortonville, and Austin Roach and Nicole Roach (companion, Landon Ridings), both of Jacksonville; three great-grandchildren, Ellie Mae Dixon, Rylinn Bland, and Sophia Sielschott; one brother, George (Marilyn) Murphy of Jacksonville, two sisters, Leona Virzi of Venice, Florida, and Martha (Robert) Travis of Jacksonville, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Terry Sue Murphy, one brother, Samuel T. Murphy (surviving wife, Shirley of Springfield), one sister, Phyllis Crow, and his companion of several years, Marjorie White.

            Don, along with his brother Sam, owned and operated Murphy Brothers Fertilizer for over 50 years.  He was a veteran of the United States Army.  Don loved restoring old cars, bowling, and taking trips to the casinos and Las Vegas.  Don was fortunate to receive the care of two loving daughters during his final days.

            A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Calvary Cemetery.  The family will meet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Hospital Hospice Program.  Condolences may be left online at