Lonnie Howard Murphy, age 67 of Fernandina Beach, FL passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Warner Center for Caring.
Howard, as he was known by everyone, was born in Fernandina Beach, Florida to the late Lonnie and Sadie Marie (Jordan) Murphy. He was a life-long resident of the area and was also known as “Murf the Surf” in his younger days because of his love for surfing.
He worked as a finish carpenter for most of his life and was never without his trademark straw hat and beard. In his spare time, he loved to fish. Howard never had children, but devoted all of his love to his nieces, nephews and his dog “Cork”.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves behind his sister Jeanette Kemp and her husband Roy of Fernandina Beach, Florida; niece, Sharon Pittman of Fernandina Beach, Florida; nephew Kelly Kemp and his wife Alisha of St. Augustine, Florida; great-nieces, Elizabeth Pittman and her husband Danny of Jacksonville, Florida, Gracie Stack and her husband Liam of St. Augustine, Florida; great-nephews, Lance Corporal Caleb Kemp and Luke Kemp both of St. Augustine, Florida.
Services will be at 10:00 am on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at North 14th Street Baptist Church with a reception to follow at the church hall.
Those desiring may make a donation in Howard’s name to Nassau Humane Society, 639 Airport Road, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034 or Community Hospice of N.E. Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32257