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Former Virgilina mayor dies at 96

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Ocie Fraser Murray
SoVaNow.com / January 13, 2014


Ocie Fraser Murray, a former Virgilina mayor, longtime businessman and civic and church leader, has died at the age of 96.

He passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Mr. Murray was owner/operator of Murray’s Shop since 1938 and was a lifetime member of Union Christian Church where he served as a deacon and a trustee. He was a charter member of the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department where he served as a former chief. Mr. Murray was a member of the Virgilina Town Council from 1972 until 1980 and served as Mayor of Virgilina from 1980 until 1986. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50-plus years.

Born in Granville County, N.C. on Jan. 31, 1917 to the late Cabel Flournoy Murray and the late Emily Tuck Murray, he was married to the late Pearl Glascock Murray.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia M. Owen and husband, George of Burlington, N.C.; two sons, Ocie F. “Sonny” Murray Jr. and wife Deborah of Fayetteville, N.C., and W. Allen Murray and wife Wanda of South Boston, two granddaughters, Lawanna M. Tetterton and husband Bill and Trina M. Morris; three grandsons, G. Edward Owen Jr. and wife Sabrina, Michael E. Murray and wife Katherine, and Jason B. Murray and wife Marjorie; and twelve great grandchildren, Carter, Paige, Dylan, Connor, Finn, Penelope, Stella, Kayla, Kelsey, Collin, Lauren, and Drew.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Ada M. Shotwell, Ruth M. Tuck, and Selma M. Rice, and three brothers, Cabel Sol Murray, Leon Cook Murray, and Herman Murray Sr..

A funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at Union Christian Church in Virgilina with Rev. Carroll Glasscock and Rev. Norman Talley officiating. Burial followed in the Virgilina Cemetery.

The family requests that those wishing to give memorials please consider the Virgilina Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 266, Virgilina, VA 24598 or the Virgilina Cemetery Fund, c/o Lottie T. Nunn, P.O. Box 178, Virgilina, VA 24598.

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