Carolyn Marie Murphy

July 15, 1932May 2, 2018
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Carolyn Marie Holsclaw Murphy of Lenoir passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2018 at Brian Center East in Hickory. Born July 15, 1932 in Caldwell County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Russell Adam Holsclaw and Johnsie Marie White Holsclaw.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Bob Holsclaw.

Carolyn was a member of Lenoir Community Church. She was a devoted mother with a caring spirit and wonderful sense of humor. Her greatest love was her family. Without question, Carolyn will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived her sons, Rick Murphy of Lenoir, Mike Murphy and wife Lorri of Nashville, NC and Tim Murphy of Lenoir; granddaughter, Ashley Murphy Pennell and brother, Lins Holsclaw.

A Celebration of Carolyn’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Lenoir Community Church, 1002 Lower Creek Drive, Lenoir, NC with Rev. Daniel McGee officiating.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Finding Hope Ministries, P. O. Box 1705, Lenoir, NC 28645.

Condolences may be made to the Murphy family at


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Debora Richey

May 11, 2018

Dear Murphy Family, I only learned of your dear mothers passing today, May 11th. I am truly very sorry to hear this news. Carolyn was such a sweet and kind lady. I appreciate the relationship I shared with her many years ago. Hold onto your faith in God as He gives you the strength and comfort you will need to carry on. GOD BLESS! Debora Richey

Morris Reaves

May 9, 2018

Rick & Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. You and the entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy,

Morris and Jessie Reaves

Stephen Starnes

May 8, 2018

Rick and Murphy Family.
I am so sorry for your loss. I only met Ms. Murphy twice, but from all Rick has told me she was an extraordinary woman with a zest for life. You are on my mind and in my heart and prayers.
Stephen Starnes

Donna Laws

May 7, 2018

Rick, Mike and Tim,

I am sorry to hear about the passing of your wonderful mother. I loved her beautiful smile and sweet spirit. She always looked so gorgeous. She was always so very proud of the three of you.

Your family has always held a very special place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

Johnny/Mavis Barlowe

May 6, 2018

Johnny and I want you, the family, to know how sorry we are to hear of your loss. Carolyn was such a beautiful woman and mother. Our prayers are with you. We love you.
Love ,
Johnny and Mavis Barlowe

Crystal Clippard

May 4, 2018