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James Franklin “Frank ” Murray

James Franklin “Frank ” Murray

July 25, 1933 - January 11, 2018     Age: 84

Frank Murray, 84, of Fernandina Beach passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Heartland Health and Rehabilitation in Jacksonville.

Born July 25, 1933 in Blackshear, Georgia, he was a son of the late Zeb Pendleton and Sarah Dowling Murray. Frank grew up in Waycross, Georgia and graduated from Wacona High School.

He joined the U. S. Air Force in 1953 and served honorably for 4 years. From the Air Force, Frank would transition into a career which would carry him into retirement.  He spent most of his working career as an Field Engineer for Lockheed.  From to Cape Canaveral, Florida to Austin, Texas  Frank worked for Lockheed Missile and Space for over 30 years. Frank retired to Fernandina Beach in 1991 from Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands.

He was an avid motorcycle rider and also enjoyed bowling and playing golf. Frank loved the outdoors and especially liked working in his yard.  Among his many activities, he enjoyed his memberships in the American Legion Post 54, VFW 4351 and Moose Lodge 2073 in Merritt Island. Frank was the kind of guy who never met a stranger and had many, many friends.

In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his first wife, Edna;  his daughter, Debi King, and two of his siblings, Rudolph Murray and Betty Walker.

His surviving family includes his wife, Gayle Murray of Fernandina Beach; his son, Jim Murray of Rockledge, Florida; his step-son, Dennis Futch and his wife, Megan of Chesapeake, Virginia; two brothers, Zeb Murray, Jr., of Waycross, Georgia and Tommy Murray of Breman, Georgia; a sister, Vickie Tyre of Waycross, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Heather Murray and her Fiance’, Sean, Gary King, Jr and his wife, Lisa, and Tiffany Diccolla and her husband, Steve, Cameron, Connor, Julia and Ava Futch. He is also survived by his five great-grandchildren, Dylan, Hailey, MacKenzie, Cameron and Nicolas.

A service to remember Frank’s life will be held, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM in the Burgess Chapel of Oxley Heard Funeral Directors with Chaplain Bruce Malcolm officiating.

Those desiring may make contributions in Frank’s Memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011

Following the service the family will gather at American Legion Post 54 for a time of food and fellowship.

10 Condolences

  • Bill & Jan Richardson Posted January 13, 2018 4:43 pm

    Thanks for all the great friendship for the past 45 years. We love you and will miss you sooo much!!

  • Larry and Judy McCorkle Posted January 14, 2018 6:32 am

    Rest In Peace our friend.

  • Don & Eileen Medina Posted January 14, 2018 1:34 pm

    Frank your are deeply missed. Really enjoyed working with you at Lockheed in Austin and all the reunions we
    had in Mississippi. Great times Golfing and Bowling and having a FEW Scotches Rest in peace my friend.

  • Janna Columbus Posted January 14, 2018 2:45 pm

    Frank you will be missed forever. It was great times when Dave was with us and all the times you all talked about working together, always looked forward to our times parked next to each other in November Birthday times, I know Dave had to be waiting at the gate for you, and the stories go on.

  • Sandy & Bill Waldrop Posted January 15, 2018 2:21 pm

    Bubba, you were always my favorite Uncle! You were loved and you will be missed! Our love and prayers are with Gayle, Jimmy, and all the family. God bless.

  • Jim Wade Posted January 16, 2018 11:01 am

    Frank, I will never forget the years we worked together at Cape Canaveral. We did some amazing work supporting the FBM program that supported it’s great success. You were a friend that could always be counted on. Rest in peace my friend!

  • Cricket Poston Posted January 16, 2018 4:14 pm

    Mickey and I send our deepest condolences to the family. We have lived beside Frank and Gayle for 5 1/2 years. Frank has been a joy to talk to and will be missed deeply.

  • Darrell henn (whitey) Posted January 17, 2018 7:38 am

    frank you and gale were always a joy to be around on the motorcycle rides and at the legion 54 we will all miss you

  • Tiffany Morris Posted January 17, 2018 10:08 am

    “Frank the Tank”, you were by far the coolest bank courier I have ever met and you will always be my favorite! <3 My thoughts and prayers are with Gayle and the rest of your family.

  • Amber Micka Posted January 18, 2018 11:07 am

    My condolences to the family. May God strengthen and comfort you with his promise of the resurrection. Acts 24:15

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