Obituaries

Clifford Billy Murphy, born to Ernest and Edna Searcy Murphy on November 19, 1927 was called home to be with the Lord on April 15, 2019 at Trinity Elms Nursing Home, Clemmons, NC.   Survived by his wife of 67 years, Juanita Flynn Murphy, daughters Rebecca Murphy Robbins, husband Freddie, Myra Murphy Mize husband Stanley Mize (deceased), Denise Murphy Taylor, husband Timothy and two grandchildren Travis Scott Taylor and Ashley Nicole Taylor, two brothers Reed Murphy, wife Lois and Berlon Murphy, wife Wanda, sister-in-law’s, Betty Rogers, Shirley Parrish and husband Wayne, Betty Flynn, and numerous nephews, nieces, dear friends and neighbors.

Clifford served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.  He worked for Duke Power Company as Maintenance Manager retiring with 31 years’ service.  He served as the Chairman of the Board for Bills Creeks Fire Dept.   Clifford loved the Lord and served for many years as Deacon in the church and served on various committees when called upon.    His favorite past times were hunting and farming both of which a story and laughter always followed.  He never met a stranger and was always willing to help with whatever the need.  Family always came first and was very important to him.

The funeral will be held Friday, April 19th at 12 noon, Bills Creek Baptist Church, Lake Lure, NC with Reverend Claude McIntosh and Reverend Eugene Sherrill officiating. The family will receive friends between 10am and noon.  Burial will follow in the Bills Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.   Family will be available for visitation after the service.  Flowers or donations can be made to the Bills Creek Baptist Church, 1475 Bills Creek Road Lake Lure, NC 28746 or Bills Creek Fire Dept. 336 Cedar Creek Road Lake Lure, NC 28746 in his memory.  Crowe’s Mortuary is assisting the family of Mr. Murphy.

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Dr. Kenneth Turner was born June 17th, 1935 in South Bend, Indiana, to Oscar and Laverne Turner. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, April 12th, 2019.

Ken served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a sonar man on the USS Seafox. He married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann Hughes, and they loved each other for over 60 years until her death in 2017.

He graduated in 1963 from Indiana University as a Doctor of Optometry, and he dedicated the rest of his life, with passion, to his profession.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved his community, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ken was a musician/singer/actor in local productions, and most especially in his church. He sang in the choir at First United Methodist Church for over 45 years. He was a youth group leader and a Sunday school teacher. Ken was the “voice of the Hilltoppers”, announcing football games every Friday night for over 20 years.

Ken dedicated his life, and love, to his family, and is survived by three children: Lynn Turner of Brevard, NC, Jeff, and wife Jan, of Belmont, NC, and Greg, and wife Brooke of Rutherfordton. Two Sisters Sue Mullins, and Pam Shafer, and husband Billy, both of Indiana. He is survived by seven grandchildren: Nicholas Clement, Michael Clement, Turner Hunt, Stuart Turner, Claire Turner, Gentry Turner, and Olivia Turner. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, and many beloved extended family members.

The life of Ken will be honored by a receiving of the friends at 12:30pm in the Fellowship Center of the First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton NC, with a service to follow in the church, at 2 p.m. on April 20th, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the choir of the First United Methodist Church in Rutherfordton, or Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in Forest City, NC.