Joey Murders

October 21, 1982November 5, 2021
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Joseph Michael “Joey” Murders age 39 of Burnet passed away unexpectedly Friday November 5, 2021 in a vehicular accident while working as a commercial truck driver to support his young family.

Joey was born in Huntsville, Texas and raised by his loving parents Jerry and Debbie Murders. He grew up in Madisonville, Texas with his brother Jeremy. As a teen, he loved playing tuba in the high school band and went to State competition his junior year. He was active with his church youth group and served a 2-year mission in Florida for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He became a Tiger Scout at age 6 and progressed to Eagle Scout after high school. He also loved sports and played soccer, baseball, football and basketball. He also practiced and trained in karate.

He graduated from Madisonville High in 2001 and attended Texas A&M University and then Liberty University, where he completed his Bachelor degree in History. He’s always had a passion for Aggie football and he was an avid reader and life-long learner with interests in many areas including cooking, BBQing, singing, fishing, blacksmithing, woodworking, gardening and martial arts, including the achievement of black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

In 2004 he met fellow A&M student Dana Cole of Burnet, Texas. They fell in love and in the next year were married. By 2006 they had started a family, complete with son Cody and then daughters Tess and Taylor. As a family they loved running their farm filled with cherished goats, horses, and chickens. Joey also taught and supported his children in their favorite activities including First Baptist Youth Group and RA’s, FFA, Tae Kwon Do and softball. Being a good father and providing for his family were very important to Joey as was being a good Christian and active member of his First Baptist Church family.

In addition to his wife, children and parents, Joey is survived by his brother Jeremy Murders of Madisonville and wife Jaina; Joey was uncle to their children Madyson, Jake, Korben, Jeb and Auston; his grandmother Barbara Teter Zuvich of New Jersey; Joey was also uncle to Dana’s nieces Kaitlin, Kaylie, Morgan and Everly and nephews Mike, Alex, and Dillon. Joey is preceded in passing by both grandfathers Robert Teter and Garland Murders and grandmother Alice Lucille (Coker) Murders.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday November 11, 2021 from 4¬–6 PM at Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. His funeral service will be held Friday November 12, 2021 at 12:30 PM at the First Baptist Church of Burnet.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joey should please be made to

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  • Dana Murders, Wife
  • Cody Murders, Son
  • Tess Murders, Daughter
  • Taylor Murders, Daughter
  • Jerry Murders, Father
  • Debbie Murders, Mother
  • Jeremy Murders (Jaina), Brother
  • Barbara Teter Zuvich, Grandmother
  • Joey is also survived by nieces and nephews Madyson, Jake, Korben, Jeb, Auston, Kaitlin, Kaylie, Morgan, Everly, Mike, Alex, and Dillon.

    Joey is preceded in death by both grandfathers Robert Teter and Garland Murders and grandmother Alice Lucille (Coker) Murders.

  • Scott Black, Pallbearer
  • Tyler Reed, Pallbearer
  • Marc Bailey, Pallbearer
  • Marcus Horner, Pallbearer
  • Chris Bolding, Pallbearer
  • Jared Goodwin, Pallbearer
  • Dave Thrane, Pallbearer
  • Jeremy Murders, Pallbearer
  • Roy Ross, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

    Thursday, November 11, 2021

  • Funeral Service First Baptist Church

    Friday, November 12, 2021


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Lynda Breeding

November 21, 2021

I was so sorry to learn of Joey's death. He was such a sweet person. My prayers are with his young family, as well as Debbie and Jerry. I will always remember Joey and hope that I contributed some to his love of books. God bless you all.

Shelie Bucio

November 12, 2021

What a gift the Lord has received to have another of his children home..Joey was a great little boy, young man, dad..always wanted to be the helper in church didn't matter what it was..your light will continue to shine thru your children. Bless your family with prayers and ease the pain, you will be missed young man..Sister Green.

Linda Eglan

November 10, 2021

Joey you were my son right along with my son Ahmaad. Such a sweet caring young man who taught us how to just love people regarding of flaws and differences. You will be missed by so many people. Never will be forgotten.
Papa & Mama Eglan

Vickie Bernoski

November 10, 2021

I have know. Joey since he was a little guy. I have watch him grow into the wonderful man husband and father that he is today. He’s a wonderful spirit who would do anything for anyone. You will be deeply missed and always hold that special spot in my heart. Until we meet again

Layton Pratt

November 9, 2021

I met Joey when I was about 12 years old (I’m 18 now) through The Acadmey of Martial Arts in Burnet. I was able to train with him, his son, and his daughter for several years and don’t regret a second of it. They all have had a positive impact on my life and I’m sure the lives of many others. I do regret however that I won’t be able to train with Joey again. You’ll be missed buddy. If you are reading this (Cody and Tess) I am always willing to do my best to be there for y’all and am so sorry for y’all’s loss. Love you guys.

Keirstin Pratt

November 9, 2021

So sad to be hearing this tragic news. Joey helped me become a strong and tough woman. He was a great Tae Kwon Do partner and always put himself before others. Even when injured, he made sure I was always taken care of. May he Rest In Peace and may his family find comfort and love during this time.

Heather Farek

November 9, 2021

I met Joey in 7th grade when I moved back to Madisonville. Joey and I grew up together in school. We didn't spend much time outside of school but boy we spent a ton of time together in band. If it wasn't concert season it was marching band season. Joey was such a goofy guy that could make everyone smile. He never turned his back on his friends. He was the kind of guy that would offer his jacket to anyone if you didn't have one. I haven't seen Joey since our Junior year but I never forgot him. I miss you Joseph Murders.


November 8, 2021

I moved from Ashlandcity, TN in November of 99, I was a freshman.. Joey, a junior, was the first friend I made. We met in band.. classic brass bass player, tall and goofy. He spent a lot of time at my house during High school. We tried dating. That lasted 3 days and ended immediately after our first kiss. We were both grossed out and agreed it felt like kissing a sibling. He once sent my mom an Email that had about 1,000 pop up alerts, asking random questions and most wouldn't go away unless you hit yes. When mom clicked yes on the last pop up, the disk drive tray popped out and the screen went black. She thought he sent her a virus. She figured out that it was just a prank. But the next time he came over she chased him around the house trying to hit him with a flip flop while he ran from her laughing and yelling "I'm sorry momma!!!" My brother, Kenny, and I couldn't move we were laughing so hard.

Laura Ann Cannon

November 8, 2021

Joseph attended Madisonville Schools where I was employed and he was about my daugher's age. I regret that he has passed at such a young age.

Julie & Steve Ebeling

November 8, 2021

We are so very sorry to learn of Joey's passing. Our heart goes out to you all; you're in our many thoughts and prayers.


Joey coming home with mom, Debbie.


Joey with dad, Jerry


Joey and brother, Jeremy