Murphy Funeral Homes


Joseph Edward Murphy Jr.

June 15, 1927June 26, 2021

Joseph Edward Murphy, age 94, of Vienna, Virginia passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Joseph was born June 15, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY. He was the third of 10 children born to Joseph and Kathleen Murphy. He had a wonderful childhood in Brooklyn, NY and Milford, PA. After graduating from Brooklyn Prep High School, he joined the Marine Corps at the end of World War II. After a year at Brown University, he attended St. Christopher’s Seminary in London, Ontario. Rather than becoming a priest, he joined the Central Intelligence Agency where he had a distinguished career. He met the love of his life, Molly there, and they married in 1962. They raised two children. Joseph retired in 1986, though he continued to work until 2017. He was an active and proud member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and River Bend Golf and Country Club. He is survived by his wife Molly, his son Joe (Erin) and his daughter Beth (Tom) and his four grandchildren, whom he loved very much. A visitation will be held on Wednesday June 30th from 2 PM to 4 PM and from 6 PM until 8 PM at Murphy Funeral home, 1102 W. Broad St. in Falls Church. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday July 1st at 10 AM at Our Lady of Good Counsel 8601 Wolftrap Rd. in Vienna. Burial will be at a later date in Fairfax Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice or Our Lady of Good Counsel. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Murphy family.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, July 1, 2021


Joseph Edward Murphy Jr.

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Susan Stitely

July 27, 2021

I am Tom Cox's step-daughter. Joe was Tom's best friend and visited him every week when Tom was nearing the end of life. Tom loved and admired him and so did all the Stitely family, particularly Nancy, as we got to know him over the years. He was kind and supported us with his friendship during Tom's passing. Joe was the most solid, steady person I have ever known. His passing leaves a hole in all our hearts and we are thinking of Molly and the family.

john brandt

July 6, 2021

I have known Joe since our children attended OLGC school. He was a wonderful person who always greeted everyone with sincere friendliness and was a distinguished leader at OLGC where he served as president of the parish council.

Joe will be missed, but Molly and his family have the satisfaction of knowing that he is eternally happy in heaven.

Stephen MacKellar

July 5, 2021

I have the fondest memories of Joe - a true standout among the first generation Agency security officers. He treated everyone with respect and courtesy, and therefore was a role model whose counsel and leadership ensured that I and many others in the career service had a successful and enjoyable career. My deepest sympathies to the Murphy family, and all those who were fortunate enough to have worked with him and knew him as a friend.

Ed O'Connell (Family)

July 4, 2021

Ed always talked about Joe! They went way back at the Agency and became good friends. Ed also always talked about the the Retreats at Loyola in recent years with Joe and John Weston as he enjoyed them very much.

We are very sorry for your loss,
Alice and Kevin O'Connell

Miriam Towey

July 2, 2021

To Molly and family -- Deepest sympathy to each of you.
Joe and I were recalled to duty to work on a project; during that time we shared office space and together navigated the waters of the computer age. . . not always easy!!!
Rest in Peace, Joe.
Miriam Quinlan-Towey

Blazich Family

July 1, 2021

Sincere condolences to Mrs Murphy and family.

Jamie Salazar

June 30, 2021

To the Murphy family, I, and everyone at Paragon Home Care are so honored to have known Mr. Joseph Murphy. Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time. Mr. Murphy touched all of our hearts and we are so sorry we cannot be present today. May there be comfort in knowing that someone so special will never be forgotten.

Frank Magnanelli

June 30, 2021

We always called him "Mr. Murphy" during our careers in the Office of Security. I had the privilege of calling him "Joe" years later when we worked together on the contract. Always the gentleman. Always the caring giver of advice. Always a warm smile and truly glad to see you. He was a role model for all of us. Sincerest condolences to his family and may the Good Lord bless and keep him. As others will say, he will be truly missed.

Dave Toolan

June 30, 2021

Dear Molly, Joe, & Beth:

We are keeping you and your families in our prayers. Uncle Joe set a great example of what it means to be a great husband, father, brother, citizen, and person. He lived an incredibly interesting life and always treated everyone with kindness. We are better people for having known Uncle Joe.

Love Dave, Stephanie, & Aidan

Mike and Julie Hirka

June 30, 2021

Dear Molly, Joe & Erin, Beth & Tom, and families,

We were deeply saddened to hear of Joe's passing not that we aren't happy for him to be on his way to heaven but that we thought we'd have an opportunity to see him and walk and talk with him again. We have so many fond memories but long conversations walking or when he took communion to Tom Ryan and seeing him and Molly at 5pm Saturday mass come to mind when we remember him. We feel honored and blessed to have known him. He was a thoughtful, kind and joy-filled neighbor who always smiled and waved or honked as he drove by. Because our parents have passed we understand the difficulties ahead and hope that you might be comforted by a prayer card Joe put in a condolence card when my mother passed in 2019. I carried it for the first year and now keep it on my dresser. It brought comfort and his heart-filled thoughts then and now. The card has Jesus sitting holding a lamb in a field of flowers and on the back it says "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11:25-26
We cannot be there tomorrow but you all are in our prayers. Love to you all, Julie and Mike Hirka and sons