June G. MurphyDecember 26, 1923 ~ September 14, 2017 (age 93)
June G. Murphy, 93, entered the church triumphant on September 14, 2017. A native of Alamance County, June was the daughter of the late Albert Otis and Bessie Andrews Guthrie. She attended Alexander Wilson School and Burlington Business College. Always a professional woman, June was employed by First Federal Savings and Loan and, later, Somers-Pardue Insurance Company. For many years, she and her husband, J. O., ran the family business, Murphy Hosiery Mills, Inc.
Dedication and sacrifice were hallmarks of June’s life, as exemplified in her devotion to her family, their nurture and care, and to her long career. June was also dedicated to her church, First Baptist Church of Graham, having served as a long-standing member of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Adult Handbell Choir. After J. O.’s death in 2005, June moved to Twin Lakes Retirement Community, where she found a host of new friends. It was at this time in her life that she became a member of First Presbyterian Church of Burlington, reconnecting to the Presbyterian heritage of her childhood and youth.
She is survived by her three children, Sharon Murphy Smith (Kevin), J. Patrick Murphy (Laura), and Stephen E. Murphy (Carla) and three grandchildren; Phillip Baldwin, Caitlin Murphy, and Zach Murphy; and a brother, Claiborne D. Guthrie. She was predeceased by a grandson, Stephen Murphy Baldwin.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 18 at 2:00pm at Alamance Memorial Park, conducted by Dr. Ronald Shive and Rev. Norman Whitney. A reception will follow at 3:00pm in the John Knox Room of the First Presbyterian Church, 508 West Davis Street, Burlington.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the loving and attentive staff of Moneta Springs Memory Care at Twin Lakes Community for their never-failing care of June during the past four years; and to Hospice of Alamance-Caswell for their support and care, especially in her final days.
Memorials may be made to: First Presbyterian Church Music Fund, 508 W. Davis Street, Burlington or Moneta Springs Memory Care, c/o Twin Lakes Community, 3810 Heritage Drive, Burlington. Rich and Thompson Funeral Service in Burlington is assisting the family.