OBITUARY

Milton Parlier Murdock

November 14, 1930February 19, 2018
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Milton Parlier Murdock, age 87, passed away peacefully at Canton Oaks Nursing Home in Canton, Texas surrounded by his children on Monday, February 19, 2018. He was born on November 14, 1930 in Statesville, North Carolina to Thomas Hoyt and Mattie Lou (Parlier) Murdock. Milton’s great passion was flying. At 17, he hopped a bus to Texas to join the Air Force, beginning his military career at Sheppard Air Force Base. He continued his service at Carlswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas where he attained the rank of Sergeant. After leaving the military, Milton became a pilot for American Flyers and then flew for Delta Airlines for 30 years where he was captain of the L-1011 for many years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to share stories about his travels. On November 26, 1955, he married Neville June Mercer, whom he met at Rolling Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, while in a quartet there. They settled in Irving, Texas where they were happily married for 47 years until her death in 2002. Milton’s special interests and hobbies also included raising a family, fishing with his children and grandchildren, gardening with June and music, particularly singing hymns at church. He and June raised their family in a loving Christian home and taught their children by example. He was a generous giver and often helped people in need. Milton was also an avid caretaker of his home and yard and loved to do projects around the house. Some of his other favorite times were traveling with his family, visiting with his neighbors, tending to the old homestead in Statesville, North Carolina while visiting family there, and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his children, daughter, Jana (Murdock) Woodard and son-in-law, Randy Woodard, of Irving, Texas and son, Jason Murdock and daughter-in-law, DeAnn (Mahaffey) Murdock of Wills Point, Texas; 5 grandchildren, Matthew Woodard, Heather (Murdock) Bender and her husband Jason Bender, Tommy Murdock and Samuel Woodard; 1 great grandchild, Colten Bender; one sister, Louise (Murdock) McIntyre and one brother, Bill Murdock; sisters-in-law, Elaine (Mercer) Chapman, Gloria (Mercer) King and Lana (Mercer) Maxey and Jeanie Murdock; brothers-in-law, Victor McIntyre, Donald King and Cecil Maxey along with a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, June (Mercer) Murdock, a son, Joel Murdock, and a brother, Henry Murdock; sisters-in-law, Wanda Mercer and Nan Mercer; brothers-in-law, Jack Mercer, Boyd Mercer and Sam Chapman. A visitation will be held at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Blvd, Colleyville, TX 76034, on Friday, March 2nd, from 6 -8pm. A family graveside service will be held there on Saturday, March 3rd, In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Compassion International. Milton will be remembered for his devotion to family, a kind and giving heart, his love of flying, sense of humor and deep faith.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 2, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, March 3, 2018
REMEMBERING

Milton Parlier Murdock

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Jim Addington

March 1, 2018

I flew my first trip as copilot with Milt and always enjoyed flying and getting to visit with him in the pilot lounge, he was a great person and will be missed.
Jim Addington

Les Long

March 1, 2018

I flew with Milt on the L-1011. Always looked forward to the trip. Easy to fly with.
I am sorry for your loss.

Dale McCormick

February 28, 2018

I used to fly copilot for Milt. He was the most fun of all those I flew with, and a great gentleman.

I remember taking my wife with me on a trip to Chicago with Milt. Somehow the hotel up these assigned him a room with a large kitchen, a conference room, several large TVs and a huge bath. He immediately handed the key to my wife and we enjoyed the night while he stayed in my regular room. I think he often did what he could for others.

Bill & Caryl Mahaffey

February 26, 2018

Milton and June are finally together.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Bill & Caryl Mahaffey

Roger Lewis

February 26, 2018

I flew S/O for Captain Murdock on the L-1011 and he was one of my Favorite Captains of all time. I always looked forward to flying with Milt. My deepest condolence to his family and friends.

Bob Gould

February 26, 2018

I had the pleasure of flying with Milton at Delta and will always remember all of the great times we had together. He will be missed deeply. May his Flight West be a great one!

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