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Lonnie Howard Murphy

Lonnie Howard Murphy

March 2, 1952 - March 30, 2019     Age: 67

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

19 Condolences

  • Kim Willis Posted April 1, 2019 1:59 pm

    Jeannette and family, I am sorry to hear of your brothers passing. Praying for you and your family that God wraps his loving arms around you and provides peace to each of you. Kim Willis and family

  • Chris Bryan Posted April 1, 2019 7:11 pm

    Jeanette, so sorry to learn of the loss of your brother. Prayers for you and your family. Love, Chris

  • chuck hall Posted April 2, 2019 8:30 am

    Howard was a solid friend and a good-hearted soul. He will be missed.

  • Mary and Al Bennett Posted April 2, 2019 11:42 am

    Our prayers and sympathy Jeanette and family Al and I send to you. Howard was a great friend and we have lots of wonderful memories with him. Rest in peace Howard.

  • Daniel Collins Sr. Posted April 2, 2019 5:18 pm

    Howard and I were lifelong friends, going to miss him.

  • Anita & Billy Taylor Posted April 2, 2019 9:41 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Howards passing. He had a kind heart and a great love of the island.
    Prayers and sympathy to the family.

  • judy campbell Posted April 3, 2019 10:24 am

    Jeanette, So sorry to hear of your brothers passing.. Hugs

  • Max Johnson Posted April 3, 2019 10:48 am

    Aww, Howard. Haven’t seen him in years. He was a good guy. Talented carpenter. And most important, well loved. RIP Howard.

  • karen langshaw Posted April 3, 2019 12:02 pm

    So sorry to hear of this…what a kind and gentle person Howard was, he loved music, surfing and his friends…much love to you and Roy, Jeanette and your wonderful children Sharon and Kelly and their families…I know he is back with his old friend William Beckham and they are sharing some laughs <3

  • Sharon and Lowell Hall Posted April 3, 2019 2:13 pm

    We love you Howard You are our dear friend and special fishing partner. We Will see you again!❤️??❤️

  • Patrick Stith Posted April 3, 2019 6:51 pm

    Surfing, fishing, golf…Howard was always a kind man. Another sad loss in the Slowpoke Family. Rest easy Howard

  • mike mcmonagle Posted April 3, 2019 8:17 pm

    H. ,sorry to have lost you buddy. we became friends wayyy back in Jr. high! always you were a kind and gentle man…hope the surf is good and the fish are biting….you won’t be forgotten my friend

  • Barbara Johns Posted April 3, 2019 10:02 pm

    Jeanette my prayers are with you and your during the loss of your brother.

  • Sheryl Harper Posted April 3, 2019 10:41 pm

    Jeanette, we are so sorry for your families loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.?

  • Richard P. Scarberry Jr. Posted April 4, 2019 10:10 am

    Thank you Howard for all of our fishing and golf outings , your Legend will live on in this sleepy little town as will your Presence ?☮??

  • Tina mclean Posted April 4, 2019 6:21 pm

    Fly high my friend you will be missed…

  • Sherry Sanderson Posted April 4, 2019 9:07 pm

    Oh Murph. I’ll never get to steal your hat again. Peace.

  • Jim and Linda Haskett Posted April 5, 2019 11:29 am

    Howard helped transform our house from a total mess to a beautiful home. We will never forget him for his superior skills, ideas, gental soul and the heart pine staircase he built for us. We treasured our relationship with him

  • Sharon Pittman Posted April 14, 2019 7:44 pm

    Love you! Miss you Uncle Howard!! Thanks for being so inspirational in my life. ❌⭕️???

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