Van Alstyne Public Library
Mr. John Leonard Murphy was born in Pilot Grove, Texas on June 5,
1909, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Murphy Sr. He united
with the C.M.E. church at an early age. On January 27, 1934 he married
Miss Oleta Beck. To this union eleven children were born.
He departed this life at 2:20 a.m. on April 26, 1986. Surviving
are his wife, Oleta Murphy, Van Alstyne, Texas; five sons: Morris D. Murphy,
Denver, Colorado; John D. Murphy, Greenville, Texas; Richard D. Murphy,
Dallas, Texas; Eddie W. and Darryle G. Murphy, Van Alstyne Texas; daughters:
Mrs. Virginia R. McKinney, Mrs. Wanda Lee, Dallas, Texas; Lesida F. McLean,
Victorville, California; Mrs. Lindia Wright, Great Falls, Montana; Marquetta
Murphy, Van Alstyne, Texas; Vicky L. Gibson, Austin, Texas; one sister,
Mrs. Pauline Allen, McKinney, Texas; forty-one grandchildren; eighteen
great-grandchildren; a host of relatives and friends.