Reverend James R. Murphy of Tampa, FL passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Victory AME Church (Progress Village), 5202 S. 86th Street, Tampa, FL 33619 with the Reverend Michael B. Price, officiating. (MASK RECOMMENDED) Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL 33513.
Reverend Murphy was a native of Venice, Florida and a resident of Tampa for 46 years. He attended Venice High School and later received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from St. Leo University. Reverend Murphy enlisted and served in the United States Army from 1975 and was Honorably Discharged in 1983.
He was ordained as an Itinerant Deacon of the 11th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and later ordained as an Itinerant Elder on October 21, 2005. He served as Associate Pastor at Saint James AME Church of Progress Village and later pastored Pleasant Chapel AME Church of Odessa, FL, as well as, Mount Olive AME Church of Plant City, Florida. Elder Murphy also served as President of the Sons of Allen and served as Chairman of the Black Advisory Council for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He was selected as a member of the Tampa 100 Distinguished Black Gentleman and inducted into the Hall of Fame by Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister in 2018.
Mr. Murphy was preceded in death by: his father, Roger Murphy; and sister, Elizabeth Baker, mother-in-law, Viola Jones, father-in-law, Sgt. John Thomas, sister-in-law, Sherry Willingham (spouse, Roosevelt Willingham), and Robert James Jones Jr. (spouse, Eulisa Jones).
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted wife of 38 years, Queen Diana Murphy; mother, Elizabeth Murphy; 2 children, Ebony Jones and Latonya Nicole Lloyd and husband, Clifford Lloyd; 6 grandchildren, Matthew Escobar, Malcolm Dawkins, Trinity Murphy, Donsheka Poole, Johan Sheard, and Clifford Lloyd III, 2 great grands, Matthew Escobar Jr. and Aubriel Nicole Raines; brother, Howard Murphy; 5 sisters, Elma Godwin and husband, James Godwin of Tallahassee, FL, Barbara Parham of Queens, NY; Gloria Murphy, Ruby Murphy, and Geraldine Murphy, all of Tampa, FL, brother-in-law, Nathaniel Oliver and wife, Sarah of St. Petersburg, FL; sisters-in-law, Darlene Bivins and husband, Willie Bivins of Tallahassee, FL, Brenda Williams and husband Alvin Williams , Linda Moore, Valerie Marshall and husband Gregory Marshall, Debra Miles; great aunts, Mattie Clark and Lillie Mae Brown, both of Arcadia, FL; devoted niece, Christine Blakely, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 22, 2021, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Victory AME Church, 5202 S. 86th Street, Tampa, FL 33619. (MASK RECOMMENDED)
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