Thursday, February 3, 2011

Richard Lloyd Murphy, 79, of Golden, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at his home in Emerald Beach.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1931, in Enid, Okla., the son of Jesse Murphy and Dollie McHendry Murphy. He was a graduate of Carrier High School in Carrier, Okla., and Northwestern Oklahoma State College in Alva, Okla.

For 16 years, he worked in the retail lumber business in Enid and Stillwater, Okla., before he began managing resorts for Rock Resorts International at Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks. He also served in the National Guard for 20 years. He moved to Missouri in 1983 from Norman, Okla. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Golden.

He married Charlotte Ayers on July 10, 1952, in Enid, Okla. She survives.

Additional survivors include: one daughter, Kandi McCasland and her husband, Mark, of Kansas City; two grandchildren; one brother, Allen Murphy, of Stillwater, Okla.; and one sister, Linda Reynolds, of Cedar Grove, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Murphy.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Golden Baptist Church in Golden with Brother Bill Dudley and Pastor Woodrow "Woody" Fletcher officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Haven of the Ozarks or to the KY3 Ozark Honor Flight and entrusted to the funeral home.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home, Cassville.