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Rev. G. Albert Murphy

The Rev. G. Albert Murphy, 95, formerly of Macomb, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at the Auburn Illinois Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been since 2006.

He was born April 18, 1913, in Dudley, the son of the Rev. Milo and Ilma (Grismer) Murphy.

He married Helen Swedell at the Swedell family farm in rural Table Grove on Feb. 12, 1938 officiated by his father. She preceded him in death Oct. 15, 2007.

He is survived by three children, Dave (Sandie) Murphy, Princeville, Beth (Richard) Foulk, Virden, and Al Murphy, Virden; seven grand children, D. Scott (Cindy) Murphy, Rochester, Kevin (Dawn) Murphy, Normal, Ann (Sean) Ladd, Edelstein, Lori (Phillip) Cramer, Yale, Susan (Todd) Sloop, Gate City Va., Bradley (Jennifer) Foulk, Chalfont, Pa., and Aaron Foulk, Woodbridge Va.; and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and his parents, he was also preceded in death by one son, Ronald J. Murphy, on June 26, 1994, his brothers, Zane and Beryl, and two sisters, infant Marybelle Murphy and Blanche Reed.

Being called into the ministry, he was licensed to preach in 1943 and until 1968 he was an Evangelical United Brethren minister. His church assignments included churches in Farmer City, Smith Valley Ind., and then in Macomb, Oswego, Saybrook, Casey and Lindenhurst. In 1968 he served his first United Methodist Church at South Shores, Decatur. He also served the Presbyterian and UMC in Oneida and then served in Preemption and Mt. Pulaski before retiring in 1978, when he became the visitation pastor at Mattoon First UMC. He also served as chaplain for Wesley Towers in Mattoon. He and Helen moved to Virden in 1982, where he filled pulpits for many years for area churches, including his own church, Virden UMC.

He found great joy in serving the Lord and working with the youth in the churches he served.

He enjoyed being involved in the activities of his children and grandchildren. He was always available to help with a move or fix things for them. He often wrote letters to his grandchildren, particularly when they were in college and was in on marrying some of them.

He enjoyed cars of all kinds and drove for several dealerships in his spare time. He enjoyed fishing, yard work and being outside. He loved to read blueprints and build houses mentally.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at the UMC, 203 S. Church St., Virden, with the Revs. Ray Long and Joe Eby officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Harris Cemetery, Table Grove.

Memorials may be made to the UMC Virden or the Chatham Presbyterian Church, 1835 E. Walnut St., Chatham.

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