Calvin Leo Murray

August 10, 1924February 1, 2019

Calvin Leo Murray went to his heavenly mansion at the age of 94, on February 1, 2019 in Amarillo, Texas. Calvin was born on August 10, 1924, in Memphis, Texas, to Faye and Brackett Murray, and quickly moved to Oklahoma. He lived in Dill City, Sentinel, Leedy, and Clinton, where he graduated in 1942. In 1943, he joined the Marine Corps and served during World War 2. He was discharged in 1946 and went to work in Adrian, Texas, for his uncle, filling in for an emergency teacher opening.

What started as a temporary sub position grew into a lifetime of teaching and coaching. While working on his teaching certification in the summers, he met the love of his life, Genie Smith, in 1948, at SWIT in Weatherford, Oklahoma. They married two months later, before returning to Adrian for the fall school term. He taught and coached in Adrian, Farwell, and Panhandle, Texas, over the next 29 years, coaching 19 of those years, before retiring in 1983. They then moved to Almont, Colorado, where he loved spending time fishing and skiing. Fishing was Calvin’s favorite hobby and he enjoyed many fun times wetting a fly. They moved to Amarillo in 1991, where they have since resided. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on September 2, 2018 and have been very active members of the Baptist churches wherever they have lived. Calvin loved to sing and serve, and was always active in choir and Sunday School. He loved his Lord, his family, his church, and people.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Bruce Allen and Brent Donavan.

He is survived by his wife, Genie; a son, Scott and wife Suzy; 5 grandchildren: Cathryn and Les Dail, Christen and Kevin Parker, Mark and Tara Murray, J.T. Higgins, and Madison and Andy Rose; 8 great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda and George Kennedy; a sister-in-law, Becky and Wayne Throgmorton; a cousin, Max and Marian Reno; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.


  • Genie Smith Murray, Wife
  • Scott Murray, Son
  • Suzy Murray, Daughter-in-law
  • Cathryn Dail, Granddaughter
  • Les Dail, Grandson-in-law
  • Christen Parker, Granddaughter
  • Kevin Parker, Grandson-in-law
  • Mark Murray, Grandson
  • Tara Murray, Granddaughter-in -law
  • J.T. Higgins, Grandson
  • Madison Rose, Granddaughter
  • Andy Rose, Grandson-in-law
  • Linda Kennedy, Sister
  • George Kennedy, Brother-in-law
  • Becky Throgmorton, Sister-in-law
  • Wayne Throgmorton, Brother-in-law
  • Max Reno, Cousin
  • Marian Reno, Cousin
  • Calvin was preceded in death by his parents Faye and Brackett Murray; two sons, Bruce Allen and Brent Donavan. He leaves behind 8 great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends to cherish his memory.

  • Mark Murray
  • Les Dahl
  • Kevin Parker
  • J.T. Higgins
  • Andy Rose
  • Steve Smith
  • Jack Ward, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Billy Brown, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Fred Beck, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Dr. Max Reno, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, February 7, 2019

Calvin Leo Murray

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Beverly (Blalock) Baldwin-Taylor

February 6, 2019

I am so very blessed to have known this family. Mr Murray taught me in high school and his wife was my second grade teacher! Thank you for sharing your family and the kindness you have shown not just to me but everyone. Sending my love and prayers of comfort.

Wanda Ellis

February 6, 2019

A true man of God has gone home. I was always so inspired by him and Genie while they were at FBC in Panhandle. Their teachings and ministry through music will live on in my heart. God bless and comfort his family during this difficult time.

Ron & Carla Deeds

February 3, 2019

We are so saddened to hear this news. We enjoyed Calvin & Genie so very much during your family' s celebrations. He was such a inspirational & loving man. He will be greatly missed by many people ! We send our love & prayers to all of you !

Christen Parker

February 3, 2019

The first time of many that I met and was impacted emotionally, physically, and mentally by Grandpa Calvin was going to their cabin in Colorado. We were woken up by the banging of a wooden spoon on a pot telling us to get up and get ready to go 🎿 skiing ⛷ greeted by delicious pancakes and a packed lunch for a mid bite between hitting the slopes. Grandpa was always so amazing by his encouraging words, huge hugs, and amazing concerts. I am so blessed and enriched by his love for Christ and my family. The last amazing monumental moment was when he sang a very touching song to his great grand Adalynn. I am so thankful for the years he gave me and the love he poured into my life. I am so greatful he is singing on the golden streets.