Biography: Celebrating The Life Of Judge Richard Murray
Judge Richard Murray was born on September 1, 1942 to the late Herbert and Harvey Rell Murray. Richard was a lifelong resident of Branchville, SC where he dedicated much of his life to serving his community. His contributions to Branchville and Orangeburg County in general are numerous and too many to name. Some will remember him for the decades of honorable service that he provided to Orangeburg County where he served as Magistrate. Others will remember him for his commitment to compassionate criminal justice to the town of Branchville where he graciously served as Municipal Judge. Some will recall Richard’s allegiance to education during his two-decade tenure on the Orangeburg County School Board. Others will remember him for his pursuit for equality and better community relations during the two decades that he served as President of the local NAACP. The list goes on; throughout his years, Richard was truly a champion for many causes. Richard was a member of St. Matthews Baptist Church where he served as Trustee for many years. He was also a member of White Rose Masonic Lodge where he has held many roles over the years including Worshipful Master.
Richard leaves fond memories to his loving and caring wife of fifty years, Mrs. Floria Lee Murray. They have four children, Theresa (Willie), Shelia, Reginald (Tasha), and Jermaine (Wendy). His ten grandchildren and one great grandson will always remember his caring guidance and thoughtful generosity. He will be missed by his loving siblings, Virgie Mae, Helen, Gladys, Clarence (Catherine), and Rev. Isaiah Owens whom he considered his own brother. All of his nieces and nephews will remember him for his outspoken and matter-of-fact personality. His brothers in-law and sisters in-law, Albertha (Truman), Alice, Donald (Ruby), and Gloria (Denoris) will forever cherish the bonds that they have created. From his teenage years through his adulthood, Richard often contributed much of his growth as a person to his mentor and close friend, Mr. Joseph C. Jackson, Sr. He is also survived by one aunt, Mrs. Henrietta (Jack) West and a host of many more loving cousins, friends, and colleagues.
Richard was well known for his eloquent speeches and rhetorical sayings. He would often say to his family and closest friends.... “When I die, I don’t want any flowers nor do I want any fancy gadgets. I don’t want any long and drawn out ceremonies nor do I want any hooting & hollering. When I die, all I want is to know that the ole soul is right with God”.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the McCall Hospice House, Simpsonville, SC in honor of Judge Richard Murray.