James K. "Jack" Murray, Jr., died February 15, 2019. He was a member of our Board of Trustees from 2011 until his death at age 83. Mr. Murray was a long-time member of St. John's Episcopal Parish in Tampa, Florida, led by the Rev. Charles "Chip" Connelly, Class of 2007.
Born June 3, 1935, Murray was a proud member of two large families of coal miners: the Murray family of Pocahontas, Virginia and the Kenyon family of Osage, West Virginia. Jack was born on June 3, 1935 in Elm Grove, West Virginia. His parents were James K. Murray and Edith Kenyon Murray.
Mr. Murray was the husband of Sandra High Murray. He was blessed with a wonderful wife. They were married on June 14, 1958 in Charleston, West Virginia and they visited Florida on their honeymoon and decided to stay in the Tampa Bay area.
He was the devoted father of Susan Murray, of Pinellas Park, FL, James K. "Jack" Murray Ill (Mary), Michael S. Murray (Allison) and Scott Lee (Erika), all of Tampa, Florida. And the proud grandfather of Sarah Ragsdale Shanklin (Billy) and Charlie Ragsdale of St. Petersburg, FL, Ashton Murray of New York, NY, Jack Murray IV, Kaitlin and Cody Murray of Tampa, FL, Jennifer Murray Kent (Tommy) of Burke, VA and Mike Murray, Jr. of New Zealand. Mr. Murray was the delighted great-grandfather of Delilah Shanklin, Jackson Lee, Adeline Lee, and Allison Kent.
During his long life, Mr. Murray had the joy of being in business with an outstanding group of partners and colleagues. And he was blessed with a wonderful group of friends.
Following the Murray family tradition, there was a private service for immediate family members only, led by the Rev. Charles "Chip" Connelly, and a later internment of the ashes at the Murray family cemetery in Charlottesville, Virginia.