Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home

515 North Elm Street, Greensboro, NC


James Freddie Murphy

April 27, 1932May 26, 2020

James Freddie Murphy, April 27, 1932-May 26, 2020, died at Cone Health Green Valley Hospital.

A celebration of Fred’s life will be held once restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so.

Fred was born in Brown Summit, NC, son of Viola Tate and James Fred Murphy. He graduated from Monticello High School and served in the Army in Germany and discharged as Sergeant. Upon his discharge, he began his career in the Guilford County Court system, then moved to the Greensboro Police Department. In 1959, he became a special agent in the police department of Southern Railroad, now Norfolk Southern where he served 30 years. Growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and was pleased to be on the Army basketball team in Berlin. He enjoyed off-shore fishing and spending time at his house in Oak Island. He was a member of Brown Summit United Methodist Church for 79 years and loved his church. As long as his health permitted, he enjoyed mowing and caring for his home place in Brown Summit. He was a member of the American Legion, the Moose and the 100 Club.

Mr. Murphy was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Tessa Weatherly Murphy; sister, Margaret Craig and his nieces, Terry (Jack) Coble and Peggy (Mike) Doss.

Fred was a very kind and caring person who impacted many people.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude Felicia, Johnny Mae and Keisha with Corine's Home Companion Care and to the doctors, nurses and staff of Cone Green Valley for the care and compassion given to Fred while in their care.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brown Summit United Methodist Church, 4426, NC 150, Browns Summit, NC 27214 or to the charity of Choice.

Hanes Lineberry North Elm is assisting the Murphy family with arrangements.


  • Brown Summit United Methodist Church


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James Freddie Murphy

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Jean G Smith

May 31, 2020

Freddie was such a dear friend to my friend, Coach Howard Jones.
I enjoyed listening to the two of them sharing their memories of their School days. He was so faithful to visit Howard with his wife at Carolina Estates. It was an honor for me to meet Freddie and his wife.

Jim Waters

May 30, 2020

I was a dispatcher for NS in Greensboro and worked and often called Fred for matters the RR police handled. He was a good man and great to work with. Will miss him and his wife at our once a month breakfast for retired workers of the NS. RIP

David Stever

May 30, 2020

While I didn’t work directly with Fred on the NS railroad I often had interaction with him and other special agents and always enjoyed being around him while working and at retirement get togethers🇺🇸🚂🤠

Evelyn Vest-Arnold

May 28, 2020

Tessa, our hearts are sad at the loss of Fred. Please know we are praying that in the middle of these difficult days, you will find peace and consolation. We would like to make a donation in his memory and are wondering if you are designating a recipient. In our hearts with love and prayers. Evelyn Vest-Arnold