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Mrs. Joanne Hall Murphey, in God’s perfect will and timing, went peacefully to her heavenly home on  Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011 at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.

She was born to Mattie Florence South and Lee Roy Hall on June 10, 1928 in Rice, Texas. 

Joanne was Salutatorian of her graduating class at Rice High School. Following graduation, she attended  Massey Business College in Houston. Always striving to learn, she later attended Navarro College and  was a proud member of the “Barracks Bunch”. She had a successful career with the State of Texas  Department of Health and Human Services, retiring from that position in 1987 in Bellville. 

She married her high school sweetheart, Charles E. Murphey of Rice, on Feb. 16, 1947. She was a true help-mate to Charles as he attended Navarro College, Texas Tech, his Master’s studies at Texas A&M University and in his years of service through the Texas A&M Extension Service in Edna and Bellville. 

Charles and Joanne had three children, Pattie, Mike and Molly. 

Joanne was a faithful member and worker at First Baptist Church in Bellville and Corsicana. She  was a Kinsloe House member and loved to play bridge with her dear friends and participated in  Community Bible Study for several years. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Charles E. Murphey, her parents, and a brother, James Lloyd Hall.

Joanne is survived by her children, Pattie Lucas and husband Tom of Corsicana, Mike Murphey and wife Susan of Bellville, and Molly Boyd and husband Mack of Ennis; her grandchildren, Thomas M. Lucas, Michael H. Murphey, Jr., Morgan Murphey Martinkewiz, Joanna Lucas Parrish, Jamie M. Boyd and Robert C. Boyd; and one great-grandson, Thomas Cooper Lucas. She is also survived by two sisters-In-law, Elizabeth Fitzgerald and Evelyn Murphey and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was an unassuming, gentle spirit who always had a kind word of encouragement to those she met. Her life was truly a testimony of God’s love. 

Visitation with the family was 6-8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Corsicana with Rev. Danny Reeves and Rev. B.F. Risinger, Jr. officiating.  Burial will be at Rice Cemetery.  Pall bearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-Iaw. 

If desired, tributes may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 510 W. Collin Street, Corsicana, TX 75110, Rice Cemetery Association at P.O. Box 146, Rice, TX 75155 or the charity of one’s choice. 

An online guestbook is available at by selecting the Joanne Murphey obituary.

Posted by Joy Neely



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