Carolyn S. Murray

Carolyn S. Murray

Carolyn S. Murray, 77, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, June 23, 2021, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

She was born on April 17, 1944, in Anna, the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Ora Marie Pierce Harris. 

She met and married the love of her life, Charles Ray Murray, at Mac & Jenny’s Pizza in 1961. He preceded her in death on May 30, 2008.

Mrs. Murray is survived by her children, Timothy Ray (Peggy) Murray, Donald Shane (Lisa) Murray and Julie Lynn (Mike) Chaney; grandchildren Joshua Murray, Alicia Webb, Kristina Myers, Casey Akers, Stephanie Brown, Beth Murray, Jonathon Murray and Kimberly Fox; great-grandchildren Layne and Matthew Murray, Mackenzie Turner, Madilyn Smith, Avery and Skylar Myers, Mariah and Caleb Gibson, Madison, Maleigh and Maci Parker, Jaxon and Jonathon Murray, Lily and Sophia Fox, and one on the way, Declan Murray; sisters Mildred Smith and Linda Thurston; other relatives and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Ray Murray; a son, Andrew Charles Murray; a sister, Lois Cavaness; and three brothers, Ray Stevens, Gene Bridges and David Harris. 

She was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Anna Church of the Nazarene for 70-plus years. She was a Sunday School teacher and did children’s Bible quizzing for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Family was very important to her and she knew everyone’s birthdays and important dates. She tried to attend any and every event that anyone was involved in. 

She was a very hard worker and throughout the years she worked at Florsheim Shoe Company and Shawnee Development. She was a very kind and loving person and was always willing to help anyone.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Anna Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Randy Wright officiating. Interment was in the Jonesboro Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to the Anna Church of the Nazarene. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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