In memory of
Lt. Col. Joseph A. Murphy Jr.
In memory of
Lt. Col. Joseph A. Murphy Jr.
Mr. Joseph A. Murphy Jr., age 91, died peacefully at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on May 9th, 2020, due to complications associated with pancreatic cancer and pneumonia. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1928 and grew up in Flushing, Queens, NY. He was a track star, tennis player, and accomplished pianist during his early years. After enlisting in the US Army at the age of 18, he joined Gen. MacArthur's admin staff during the Post-war Occupation of Japan. He returned home to NY in the early 1950s to complete his college education then joined the United States Air Force. After graduation from USAF OCS, he received advanced training as a heavy aircraft celestial navigator and educational/training specialist. He served with USAF Strategic Air Command (Various Bases), 72nd Bombardment Wing and 915th Air Refueling Squadron (Ramey AFB), 315th Air Comando Wing (Hurlburt Field/Phan Rang Vietnam), 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (Beale AFB) and various other stations as an Exec Officer, Navigator, Training Instructor, Squadron Commander, and Base Operations Officer. He retired in 1972 at the rank of Lt. Col. serving as the Vice Commandant of the Air University Squadron Officer School (Maxwell AFB). During his 26 years of distinguished military service, which included multiple air combat assignments, he received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, GCM, VSM, AFLSA w/3 OLC, RVCM, AFOUA, WWIIVM, ACM, and NDSM w/1 BSS. After retiring from military service, Joe worked in various corporate management positions while earning a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Troy University. In the Mid 1970s, he became a successful Real Estate Broker and business owner in Destin, FL. He excelled at many other personal and professional endeavors before finally retiring to enjoy life at his home on the beach. Joe has a challenging and colorful life and was often described as a "kind and gentle man" by acquaintances, friends, and family members who loved him dearly. He was selfless, generous, and had a sincere sense of honor and integrity. His bright smile, intelligent conversations, sense of humor, companionship, compassion, and guidance will be missed. Joe is survived by a daughter, Laura Murphy; two sons, Brian Murphy (Alecia) and JC Murphy (Glenda). He has four loving grandchildren, Brian Murphy (Cheryl), Tiana Johnson (Jeremy), Joey Brown and Lindsey Brown; four great-grandchildren, Christiana, Dylan, Phoenix and Lily. His wife, Lynn Murphy daughter, Teresa Brown and numerous family members and close friends preceded him in death. A private family ceremony is scheduled, with a Celebration of Life event for friends and family to be announced soon. Donations, flowers, and cards are not expected, but we ask that you please honor Joe by doing something kind, selfless and generous for someone in remembrance of him. You may also express your thoughts, condolences, and fond memories by visiting DavisWatkins.com.
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In memory of
Lt. Col. Joseph A. Murphy Jr.
Mr. Joseph A. Murphy Jr., age 91, died peacefully at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center on May 9th, 2020, due to complications associated with pancreatic cancer and pneumonia. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1928 and grew up in Flushing, Queens, NY. He was a track star, tennis player, and accomplished pianist during his early years. After enlisting in the US Army at the age of 18, he joined Gen. MacArthur's admin staff during the Post-war Occupation of Japan. He returned home to NY in the early 1950s to complete his college education then joined the United States Air Force. After graduation from USAF OCS, he received advanced training as a heavy aircraft celestial navigator and educational/training specialist. He served with USAF Strategic Air Command (Various Bases), 72nd Bombardment Wing and 915th Air Refueling Squadron (Ramey AFB), 315th Air Comando Wing (Hurlburt Field/Phan Rang Vietnam), 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (Beale AFB) and various other stations as an Exec Officer, Navigator, Training Instructor, Squadron Commander, and Base Operations Officer. He retired in 1972 at the rank of Lt. Col. serving as the Vice Commandant of the Air University Squadron Officer School (Maxwell AFB). During his 26 years of distinguished military service, which included multiple air combat assignments, he received the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, GCM, VSM, AFLSA w/3 OLC, RVCM, AFOUA, WWIIVM, ACM, and NDSM w/1 BSS. After retiring from military service, Joe worked in various corporate management positions while earning a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Troy University. In the Mid 1970s, he became a successful Real Estate Broker and business owner in Destin, FL. He excelled at many other personal and professional endeavors before finally retiring to enjoy life at his home on the beach. Joe has a challenging and colorful life and was often described as a "kind and gentle man" by acquaintances, friends, and family members who loved him dearly. He was selfless, generous, and had a sincere sense of honor and integrity. His bright smile, intelligent conversations, sense of humor, companionship, compassion, and guidance will be missed. Joe is survived by a daughter, Laura Murphy; two sons, Brian Murphy (Alecia) and JC Murphy (Glenda). He has four loving grandchildren, Brian Murphy (Cheryl), Tiana Johnson (Jeremy), Joey Brown and Lindsey Brown; four great-grandchildren, Christiana, Dylan, Phoenix and Lily. His wife, Lynn Murphy daughter, Teresa Brown and numerous family members and close friends preceded him in death. A private family ceremony is scheduled, with a Celebration of Life event for friends and family to be announced soon. Donations, flowers, and cards are not expected, but we ask that you please honor Joe by doing something kind, selfless and generous for someone in remembrance of him. You may also express your thoughts, condolences, and fond memories by visiting DavisWatkins.com.
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113 Racetrack Road NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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