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East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL

OBITUARY

Paul Timothy Murray Jr.

October 11, 1945May 26, 2020
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Paul Timothy Murray Jr. was born to the union of Paul Timothy Murry Sr. and Annie Mae (Rivers) Murry on October 11, 1945 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Paul became the youngest of 4 children and was the only son.

At the early age of 3 Paul moved to LaGrange, IL and attended Second Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late Rev. Dr. J.W. Richard Owens where he accepted Christ at an early age. He attended Lyons Township High School, developed many talents but enjoyed racing and working on cars the most.

Paul found the love of his life Gennie Mae Maxwell and they united in matrimony on Januray 28, 1971. To this union one child was born, Monica Veretta Murray. As a family they attended Broadview Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Clarence W. Hopson where Paul served as an usher.

Paul drove bus for many years with West Town Bus Company, but found his passion in driving truck. He took a break to spend more time at home. During this time he worked at Helen Curtis in their printing department, but when they closed their Chicago facility he started his own trucking business. Paul was a great bowler, enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing. He could fix almost anything and would jury-rig something in a minute; he wasn’t afraid to try something new and would often encourage others to do the same. He was involved in his community and served 10 years as vice president of the 24th Avenue Block Club. Paul took pride in caring for his family, home, landscaping and of course - cooking on the grill! Rain, sleet, or snow you could find grill smoke coming from the backyard of the Murray's for all to enjoy the fruit of his labor.

In August of 2017, Paul and Gennie moved to Bloomington, IL to be closer to their grandchildren - Xavier and Ariel Washington who they love and spoiled. This was the first time Paul moved away from the Chicago land area so he spent time enjoying his grandchildren and riding around town discovering new sites and places. The Murrays soon became members of Union Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. U.D. Williams.

Paul was a loving husband, great father, awesome grandfather. He was a caring, supportive, a great friend, love to tell funny stories and love to have a good laugh which was infectious. Paul loved his family and his family loves him. It was God and this love that kept him going even when his health was failing him. He was strong and a true fighter. Paul was preceded in death by his parents Paul Timothy Sr. and Annie Mae Murray, two siblings Florence Hankins and Lonnie Ruth Murry, and son Brian Timothy Murray.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories; wife of 49 years Gennie M. Murray, daughter Monica V. Washington, son-in-law Enrico Washington, two grandchildren Xavier E. and Ariel P. Washington, sister Mary E. Murry of Sacramento, CA, a host of cousins, sister-in-laws, bother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A private family funeral service will be held Sunday May 31st, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. The service will be live streamed. A public visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., while following social distancing guidelines, we will be allowing 10 guests in and out at a time.

  • FAMILY

  • Paul Timothy Murray Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Annie Mae (Rivers) Murray, Mother (deceased)
  • Gennie Mae Maxwell, Wife
  • Brian Timothy Murray, Son (deceased)
  • Monica V. Washington, Daughter
  • Enrico Washington, Son-in-law
  • Xavier E. Washington, Grandchild
  • Ariel P. Washington, Grandchild
  • Florence Hankins, Sister (deceased)
  • Lonnie Ruth Murray, Sister (deceased)
  • Mary E. Murray, Sister
  • Paul also leaves behind a host of cousins, sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Services

  • Private Funeral Service

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

  • Visitation

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

  • Burial

    Monday, June 1, 2020

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Nicole Aiden-Cherry

June 1, 2020

Grief is the reminder that we loved and were loved. Our sincere condolences to the family you are in our prayers!
Love your Evanston Family,
Callie Aiden
Nicole Aiden-Cherry
Kenneth "KJ" Cherry

Cherise Hall

May 31, 2020

To Aunt Genny and Monica,
What a pleasure to have known Uncle Paul and have the joy of being his Secret Santa for the family Christmas grab bag. I am a good friend of Michelle's, but the Judon/Murray family has taken me in for Thanksgiving and Christmas for many years. Uncle Paul was always fun at those dinners. He would always laugh at me, because I was always either lost, or late. But he'd say, "Cherise, she'll be here!"
One year, I went to their house in Bellwood. Of course I was late and lost. I went to the house across the street. Now funny thing, I didn't know the Murray's last name. I rang the door bell of the house across the street. They let me in, carrying my homemade apple pie. I sat down and the man there said, "Who are you here to see?" I said, "Uncle Paul and Aunt Genny." They said "Who?" "They don't live here, what's their last name?" Well I had no idea. I described them and they told me, that they lived across the street! When I finally got to the right house, Uncle Paul said, "I knew you'd get here, sooner or later!" He just laughed.
Then of course I will never forget when Uncle Paul was in rehab, and I marched into the rehab center, again not knowing his last name and said, "I am here to see Uncle Paul!" Of course, they said, "Uncle Paul, who?" I had no idea! I said, "Well, he's Black and related to the Judons." The front desk didn't know the Judon's either. Finally the figured it out, and I found Uncle Paul. He laughed because this time I was on time. He said, "Only Cherise!" I thought everyone would know Uncle Paul! What a pleasure and a joy to have know him. Rest in peace Uncle Paul.... Uncle Paul Who? Murray of course! God bless you all.

Travis and Bertha Norris

May 31, 2020

We had the pleasure of meeting Paul and Gennie at the ARC about two years ago. Their friendship was warm and genuine. We mentioned to them where we went to church and it wasn't long, they attended and soon after joined as a part of our Christian family. We will miss Paul's always smiling face and pleasant personality. We will miss him but know that God has welcomed him into glory. God bless Gennie and the Murray family.

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