Davis Funeral Home

976 Phillips Ave, High Point, NC


David Earl Murphy

May 7, 1944September 25, 2019

David Earl Murphy, 75, of High Point passed away on Sept. 25, at Hospice Home.

David was born May 7th, 1944 in Spindale, NC.

David is predeceased by his wife, Karla Dunlap Murphy; his parents, Alfred and Alberta Murphy; and his sister, Sandra Murphy Jennings and his brother-in-laws Moody Bridges and Rev. John Jennings.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Kathy and Adrian Alma of Greensboro; his son and his wife, Keith and Avis Murphy, their two sons, Japeth and Levi of High Point; his sister, Melba Murphy Bridges of Rutherfordton; his brother and his wife, Sam and Francine (Gaboriault) Murphy of Greenville, SC; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He graduated from Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School in 1963. David attended finance classes at Davidson Community College following his service in the United States Air Force. After community college, he worked for High Point Memorial Hospital in the Billing and Credit Department. David left the hospital and joined A.T. Williams Oil Co where he worked in various roles from clerk to area manager. At AMR, he handled baggage for American Airlines for several years before finding his second career as a truck driver for Federal Express (FedEx). David retired from FedEx in 2011 after 17 years of service. At its core, each of these moves was driven by one value: Love for his Family.

A constant throughout his life was English Road Baptist Church. It was there he met and later married Karla, his beloved wife of 38 years. David was a congregant and a choir member, a participant in Brotherhood Breakfasts, and when possible a volunteer at West End Food Ministries. His faith in God shaped his marriage and how he and Karla raised their two children. Watching his children and now grandchildren grow to adulthood was his greatest joy. David enjoyed the simple pleasures of life: a well cut yard, a drive along back roads, and meals with family and friends. He is remembered for his infectious laughter, a twinkle in his eye that was a sure sign of mischief, and his unfailing faith.

A Celebration of David’s life will be held at 10 am Saturday, September 28, 2019, at English Road Baptist Church and led by the Rev. Dr. James Summey. The family will receive friends directly following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont.

David’s family wishes to thank the support of Rev. Dr. James Summey of English Road Baptist Church, Leigh Davis of Davis Funerals and Cremations, the staff of Hospice of the Piedmont, and the care of Cancer Center at High Point Medical Center|Wake Forest Baptist Health. Online condolences may be made at www.davisfuneralsandcremations.com.

Davis Funerals and Cremations, 976 Phillips Ave, High Point, NC is assisting the family.


  • Alfred & Alberta Murphy, Parents (deceased)
  • Karla Dunlap Murphy, Wife (deceased)
  • Kathy & Adrian Alma, Daughter
  • Keith & Avis Murphy, Son
  • Japeth Murphy, Grandson
  • Levi Murphy, Grandson
  • Sandra Murphy Jennings, Sister (deceased)
  • Melba Murphy Bridges, Sister
  • Sam & Francine Murphy, Brother
  • Moody Bridges, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Rev. John Jennings, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Mr. Murphy is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

  • Hospice of the Piedmont


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, September 28, 2019


David Earl Murphy

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Ron and Kathy Copple

September 29, 2019

David and Karla...there is no way to mention one without the other. Friends? No, more than friends, brother and sister. They introduced us. How can we ever adequately express our love for them. One word first comes to mind when we think of David and Karla - family. Such closeness and strength for their family . Kathy, Keith, Avis and boys, you come from strong, godly stock. Never doubt their love and pride for you. We wanted so much to be there yesterday for David's service but "the call" came that our daughter was in labor with our 3rd grandchild and so we headed for Georgia. We know that David would totally understand. We love you David and Karla Murphy. We thank our God for gracing us with our friendship and look forward to the day when we will meet again with no limits of time or distance.

Emily Kirkman Greenwood

September 28, 2019

I grew up beside of David and Karla since birth. He was always a good friend to both my parents and also a great neighbor. I remember his infectious laugh and him telling jokes. I used to go to their house to visit or to borrow movies from them cause they had the best Disney collection and Little LuLu tapes. He will surely be missed, but I know he is with his Lord and Karla up in heaven.

Brenda Farrell

September 28, 2019

So sorry to learn of your loss! David was a good man and very caring Father. He is now without pain and in a better place. Sending prayers of strength for the family.

Margie Kirkman

September 25, 2019

David was the best neighbor anyone could have ask her. I remember the jokes and cutting up with him. He and his wife Karla got me and my family in church, which I’m so grateful for. David you will surely be missed. I will miss that smile every Sunday at church. Sending prayers to your family. My heart goes out to them. Rest In Peace David