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Jack Dewey “JD” Murray – son, brother, rad Dad, best Paw Paw, family man, loyal friend, jack of all trades, and master griller, said “I’m outta here” when they discontinued his beer of choice – Keystone. His final Roll Tide was called on Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Columbus, GA due to complications from Covid. He was 65.
Jack was an award winning rifle shooter and loved to hunt and fish. He could spot a deer from miles away – or any critter for that matter; he had an eagle-eye as sharp as his shooting skills. Speaking of eagles, whenever you spot one, think of him! These giant patriotic birds were so special to him and every time we see one overhead, we know he’ll be soaring by checking in on us.
He could build or do anything with his hands and was always the first call whenever his people needed help with something handy. He never missed a chance to help a friend or family member in need. He lovingly lived with and cared for his mother. Jack was a real life super hero – his titanium hips were bionic he liked to say. He liked to do his crossword puzzles in ink and called a mean game of Bingo. He read paperback novels like they were going out of style – thrillers and mysteries were his genre of choice. He was a survival food connoisseur and the master chef of jambalaya, low country boil, and fried turkey! He loved cooking for his friends and family and all of them knew Jack could be counted on to bring the best tasting holiday bird to all the family gatherings.
He was never spotted without his signature attire of a t-shirt and hat (camo and the Crimson Tide were never represented so well)
All who knew him can say without a doubt that Jack Murray forged a 65 year trail of love, laughter, generosity, and Roll Tides…
Jack loved being Paw Paw to “River-man” and GDJ to his “#1 grandson” Joseph. He found great joy in attending all of Joseph’s football games throughout the years – they also enjoyed going to the Columbus Lions games. He delighted in sharing his love of all things outdoors with “River-man” – especially watching the airplanes and learning all about birds and fishing.
Teaching his daughter and son all the how-to’s of life and taking care of his family comes in at a very close second to time with his grandsons.
Jack will always be remembered as someone who loved his family well.
Jack is survived by his two children: daughter Lauryl (Todd) Andrae and son Jedidiah Murray, beloved Mother Gloria Crisler, two grandsons: Joseph Rogers and River Murray, two sisters: Marilyn Brock and Patti (Bruce) Groteclose, and one brother Rex Murray. Jack is also survived by his many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews: Danielle Gunn, Kaleigh and Kyler, Nicole Hale, Courtlyn, Brooklyn, Colt, Kacy (Michael) Shafer, Jackson, Josh (Kristi) Murray, and Ibby Jane as well as many friends who are more like family. He was preceded in death by his father T.D. Murray and brother Michael Murray. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A private cremation service was held by his immediate family, but all are welcome to attend his Celebration of Life on January 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM in Columbus GA. Please contact Lauryl at 706.223.0602 for location and more information. The family also requests that you please text or call with your best stories/memories of Jack.
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He leaves behind a legacy of love, caring, and Roll Tide yelling.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him but he has “urned” his rest.
So next time Alabama plays, crack open an ice cold beer and say Roll Tide in his honor!
“When I get my wings and it’s my time to fly, call my friends and tell them there’s a party, come on by…. So sing and tell more jokes and dance and stuff, just keep the music playing that’ll be as good as goodbye”
The Murray family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, Georgia 31909, 706-577-0055.