Grady Calvin Murray, 87, of 1962 Highway 15 South, Grover, entered into
eternal rest on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2011, which
commemorates his and his wife's 63rd wedding anniversary. The service will
be held at Grover United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Michael Lack, the
Rev. David Fields and the Rev. Jerry Thompson officiating. Burial with
military honors and Masonic rites will follow in Utsey Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ernest Jackson, Jimmy Murray, Kelly Byrd, Gery Byrd,
Herman Guess and George H. Bailey Sr.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Omar Safety Patrol.
Visitation will be Friday, July 1, beginning at 4 p.m. at his home, 1962
Highway 15 South, Grover.
Grady was born March 15, 1924, in Grover, a son of the late Emmett LeRoy and
Annie Canaday Murray. He attended Grover Elementary School and St. George
He served in World War II in the the 508th Parachute
Infantry Regiment, Headquarters Company, 1st Bn. of the 82nd Airborne
Division. His unit was dropped 53 miles behind enemy lines in Operation
Market Garden in order to secure a bridge for the British Army to cross
over. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and in occupation as a
member of Gen. Eisenhower's Honor Guard. Grady enjoyed attending reunions
and regularly participated in the programs that concerned the 82nd Airborne
He retired from the Charleston Naval Shipyard as a general
foreman in Shop 06 after 39 years of service. Mr. Grady was known as the
"Mayor of Grover" and for being a wonderful storyteller, sharing stories and
his love for his hometown, home at Edisto Beach, county, state and nation.
The Edisto River bridge on Highway 15 is named in his honor. He was a member
of Grover United Methodist Church, a 60-year member of Harmony Masonic Lodge
#61, St. George Chapter OES #166 where he was a past warden, York Rite,
Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters, and Omar Safety Patrol. He was
predeceased by siblings Maxwell Lee Murray, Sims Leroy Murray, Hilda M.
Jackson and Sue M. Byrd.
Surviving are his wife, Emma Mae Thompson Murray of Grover; three sons,
Grady Calvin (Lynne) Murray Jr. of Yulee, Fla., Emmett Richard (Candy)
Murray of Johns Creek, Ga., and Samuel Alba (Kelli) Murray of Branchville;
seven grandchildren, Daniel (Kadie) Murray, Emily Jane Murray, Tapley
Elizabeth (Jamie) King, Melissa Susan Murray, Margot Richard Murray, KaAnn
Lee Murray and Caroline Mae Murray; great-grandchildren, Aaron Hartsfield
and Kayla Murray; and a stepsister, Beth W. Ott of Grover.
Memorials may be made to Grover United Methodist Church, 1912 Highway 15
South, Grover, SC 29447, and Utsey Cemetery c/o Sharon S. Milligan, 2621
Wire Road, St. George, SC 29477.
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Posted in Obituaries on Friday, July 1, 2011 12:00 am Updated: 9:27 pm.
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grave marker for Grady C. Murray in the Utsey
Cemetery, Grover (Dorchester County), South Carolina