January 29, 1941August 21, 2018

COLUMBIA -Hugh Murchison “Murk” Alexander, born January 29, 1941, passed away from cancer on Tuesday, August 21, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Robert L. and Elizabeth Alexander, and his wife, Rochelle “Chelly” Alexander. He is survived by a brother, Robert Alexander II; sister-in-law, Anne Alexander; son, Michael McGill; daughter, Melissa McGill; daughter-in-law, Amy Bouch; nephews, Clayton Brown, Hayes Brown, Robert Alexander III, Foster Alexander, Dean Faulkenberry (Marsha), David Faulkenberry; and a niece, Isabel Alexander.

Born in Lumberton, N.C., they moved to Greenwood, S.C. when Murk was in high school. He graduated from USC with a BA in Business while in the NROTC Program. Following college he joined the U.S. Navy serving from 1964-1969. Among other citations Lieutenant Alexander was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, Combat Action Ribbon and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star. He was proud to be a part of planning the S.C. Vietnam Memorial and War Dog Memorial, both in Columbia. Murk stayed in S.C. working in the banking industry. He climbed to Vice President before launching the first owned stock savings and loan in S.C. He finished his career in the S.C. Department of Commerce, retiring in 2004.

Although a military hero he was also a kind, giving and humble man. He loved all types of animals and had a vast collection of stray cats throughout the years. Murk was a longtime member of YMCA, ran the New York and Boston Marathons and the Peachtree Road Race from 1973-2014. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to S.C. Oncology for the care throughout his many battles with cancer and to Wildewood Downs and Regency Hospice for their top notch care, love and support.

Thank you to all of the family and friends who have loved Murk through the years! He really was an Officer and a Gentleman!

Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2018, at Shandon Presbyterian Church at 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carolina Wildlife Center, or to 5551 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29212 or to Project Josiah Restoration Ministry at or mail to 601 Polo Road, Columbia, SC 29223.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 25, 2018


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August 31, 2018

Murk and I were childhood best friends. At age six or seven, we use to sit barefoot on the curb and talk about stealing a horse and wagon and running away to Florida! I will remember him always.

Isabel Alexader

August 25, 2018

I am so proud to be the niece of such a great man. He was Santa Clause on Christmas morning for many years when I was a little girl.
He never stopped giving.
It is with all of my heart that I thank each and every one of you for loving my Uncle. The service was amazing.
I love you Uncle Murk.

Gayle Peters Pumo

August 25, 2018

Murk was one of the “good Guys.” A true gentleman. I worked for him, my “boss.” Murk, Chelly, Michael and Missy were a part of our extended family. Awesome memories of many Christmas morning/days together.
“Loved” those noon runs in the middle of a Columbia summer! He was a cheerleader in my endeavors 😍. Rest In Peace my friend❤️

Teresa Myers

August 25, 2018

Michael, Missy, Amy, and Clayton:
I am so sorry for your loss. "Alexander", what a very loving and strong man. It was a pleasure for me to meet him and be a part of his care during this past year while at Wildewood Downs AL1. He reminded me so much of my husband and his illness and I became very attached to him. What gives me comfort, is what I hope gives you comfort...he's no longer suffering and he accomplished what he needed to. Trust what you guys prayed for and believe that God's will was done. It was great to meet you guys. Continue to be strong in the days ahead and treasure the memories.
Teresa Myers, MT/CNA
Wildewood Downs

April Lucas

August 25, 2018

To all Murk’s friends and family,

Please know how admired and respected Murk was by all who knew him. I met Murk when he was still a banker and continued to interact with him while he was at Commerce. He personified integrity and kindness. The world was a better place because of Murk.

April Lucas

Carl Ellsworth

August 24, 2018

Dear Alexander Family,
I'm so sorry to read about Murk's death. He was a good man, a gentleman of the 'ole school and a patriot. God bless you.
Carl A. Ellsworth

Linda Kelly

August 24, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Murk at Bankers Trust - probably in late 70's and early 80's. There is one funny story about Murk that I have told many times over the years. One summer the air conditioning had been out in the old Bankers Trust tower building for several days. Murk worked on the first floor with all those windows and it was terribly hot. He told Hootie Johnson that he was going to dress in cooler clothes until it was fixed but Mr. Johnson said no. The next day Murk showed up in a coat, tie and bermuda shorts. This is a true testament to his great sense of humor. It was an honor to know him. To his family, I am so sorry for your loss.

Dean Faulkenberry

August 24, 2018

Murk was the most kind, caring, generous person I have ever known. He was always interested in your situation and tried to help anyway he could, no matter what! Murk was one-of-a-kind and an absolute gentleman! He loved my Aunt Rochelle and made sure she was comfortable, always. He was truly an American hero and ultimately paid the price for his service in Vietnam. If I could only be a fraction of the man he was I will have done well in the game of life. It was an honor to know him and I know I will be a much better person for that!

Linda Jacobs

August 24, 2018

The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends condolences to the family of Mr. Alexander.

Robin White

August 24, 2018

I had the honor to get to know Murk through Project Josiah’s Combat Veterans Support Group. His quiet demeanor belied a strength and caring that came to light when he shared his experiences. He exhibited that same strength in the last months as he would faithfully attend our meetings. He will be missed - He will be remembered.