Sarah Conyers Murphy

February 20, 1945July 21, 2020
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Sarah Elizabeth Conyers Murphy, of Columbia, SC., entered into eternal rest on July 21, 2020. The daughter of Marion James Conyers and Elizabeth Baker Conyers Doar, Sarah was born in Florence, South Carolina, February 20, 1945. She is survived by and was the loving wife of James Marshall Murphy. She is survived by two sons whom she adored, Jay Murphy (Joan Teague Murphy), of Alpharetta, Georgia, and David Murphy of Chesapeake, Virginia. She is also survived by her four wonderful grandchildren, Jennifer (Zach) Murphy Dyga, Jared Murphy, Morgan Murphy, and Emily Murphy, as well as nieces and nephews who always held a special place in her heart and cousins who were very dear to her. Surviving are also cousins who were very dear to her. A special acknowledgement is made for the love of Joan Teague Murphy, who held a special place in her heart. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Marion James Conyers, Jr., and her sister, Mary Ruth Conyers Cole.

The delight of her life was her family. Marshall was her stronghold and love of her life. In her opinion there were no finer sons in this world than Jay and David. She loved them with all her heart and they were the light of her life. She was very proud of the men they have become and what they continue to do with their lives each day. Her grandchildren were the icing on the cake for her and the twinkle in her eyes. She was very proud of their accomplishments and how they have matured into awesome young adults. She treasured the weeks in the summer they spent with their Granddaddy aka Pop, and her, as well as many other times with them. All those happy times with them over the years were a very large part of her heart. Each memory was treasured.

She graduated from McClenaghan High School, Florence, SC and Palmer College, Charleston SC. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Florence, SC from birth until she moved to Charleston where she was a member of James Island Presbyterian Church.

Although she considered her life career to be that of wife, mother and grandmother, she served as Executive Secretary to the Academic Dean at The Citadel; and after a sabbatical at home with her children, she served as church secretary at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC where she and her family were members for many years. She retired as Executive Assistant to the South Carolina President of BellSouth (AT&T) in May 2000, in Columbia, SC.

While in Columbia, Sarah served as Secretary at St. Andrews Swim and Racquet Club, Officer of the Women of the Church at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Co-director of Vacation Church School at Westminster and Den Mother for both of her children, and driver to many table tennis tournaments, tennis tournaments, baseball games, basketball games and practices for her boys and their friends. Although her duties as loving wife, mother and grandmother were first, Sarah served as co-chair of the Social Committee of the Aline Leitner Fellowship Sunday School Class, member and Chair of the Outreach Committee, and member of the Administrative Board of Union United Methodist Church, Irmo, SC, where she was a member. She enjoyed helping at the soup kitchen at Washington Street UMC, and while Chair of the Outreach Committee developed a plan to allow all Sunday School Classes and the Youth of Union to share in that rewarding experience. As Chair of the Outreach Committee, she was instrumental in developing a plan to insure all the church’s homebound members and homebound of members’ families received regular visits by Union church members. While Chair of the same committee, Sarah was also instrumental in developing the annual program at Union to provide new back to school shoes which were distributed by Sharing God’s Love for children in need. She was an active member of PEP at Union for many years as well as the United Methodist Women and the Rosa Hook Circle. Sarah was awarded The Special Missions Recognition by the SC Conference of the UMW and The Women’s Division of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in 2006. She was also a volunteer at the Lexington County Library, where she was a volunteer in the Research Department and a leader in a group open to all nationalities to improve their speaking and learning of the English language.

Sarah loved her family deeply-and after her Lord, they were her first priority. She treasured her time with her husband, her children and her grandchildren. They all were her pride and joy.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, PO Box 705, Irmo, SC 29063, or the memorial of your choice.


  • Father: Marion James Conyers (deceased)
    Mother:Elizabeth Baker Conyers Doar (deceased)
    Brother: Marion James Conyers, Jr. (deceased)
    Sister: Mary Ruth Conyers Cole
    Husband:James Marshall Murphy
    Son:Jay Murphy and daughter-in-law, Joan Teague Murphy
    Son:David Murphy
    Grandchildren: Jennifer (Zach) Murphy Dyga, Jared Murphy, Morgan Murphy, and Emily Murphy,

  • Union United Methodist Church


  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, July 30, 2020



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Linda Fogle

July 29, 2020

Dear Marshall and Family,

Please know that I was so sad to hear about Sarah's passing. I hope and pray that God will hold you all a little tighter in his arms at this time and in the coming days as you mourn the loss of your wife, mother, mother-in-law, and grandmother. For years I had seen Sarah at Union United Methodist Church, but I did not get to know her well until my mother and her mother-in-law were both residents at Agape Assisted Living. During the five years that my mother was there I often saw Sarah and Marshall during family functions or while visiting on Sunday afternoons. We would always talk and share things about our families, so I know how much she loved and cared about each of you! Sarah was such a sweet, kind, loving lady, and she will be missed by many.

With love,

Linda Haines Fogle

Joe Anderson

July 28, 2020

For over Ten years Sarah was a vital part of my years as President of BellSouth operations in SC. As my Executive Assistant, she was gracious, always professional and completely devoted to her fellow employees, customers and many others in our community who contacted our office every day. She will be sorely missed by many friends in this area and I know her family. Carol and I want Marshall, Jay, and David and all the family to know how saddened we are to learn about her passing . She was truly a wonderful person and our prayers go out to family that God's love will comfort them each day. Joe and Carol Anderson

Alison Dominic

July 26, 2020

Mr. Murphy, Jay and David,
I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Murphy was truly a sweet and gentle person. She always had a kind word and a smile for me when we were growing up. You were blessed to have her as a wife and mother. May the Lord comfort you during this difficult time, and give you hope that you will see you again one day in Eternity.
Alison Asbill Dominic

Tom Koscielski

July 26, 2020

Dear Marshall and Family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss. We hope that God and time will ease your sorrow.
We remember that whenever we visited Jim and Paula over the years, Sarah and you both were always so warm and friendly and we enjoyed visiting with you. We would say you were full of warm southern charm.
We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. We hope to see you when we visit Paula in the future.
May God Bless You and watch over you.
Tom and Ingrid Koscielski (the Kitson’s friends from Ohio)

Pat Swygert

July 26, 2020

Marshall and Family, know that my thoughts, prayers and love are with you and all your wonderful family. I know your life will never be quite the same without her, but your faith will sustain you and get you Through this difficult time. You know you will see her again. I know that death is the final and ultimate healing-it is comforting to know her pain is gone and she is Dancing with the Lord and All the Saints. My heart is broken of loosing my dear friend of 25 years. We always shared our love of God, Great Husband, children, grandchildren and my Great Grands. we adored our family and friends and all our kept secrets. Sarah was so loved, smart, kind and very out going, always willing to help and share with others. Of course we have the most wonderful caring Grandchildren so Loved. Will sure miss my Buddie-O, Pat

Janet Bryan

July 24, 2020

I met Sarah many years ago as a member of a professional executive assistants group, Palmetto Connection. She was a delight to know, to have group dinners with, travel with, have adventures with and laugh with. She talked me into joining the Facebook recipe group she started and what a fun learning experience it has been. She was the perfect embodiment of a lady and I will always remember her with a smile. Love to her beloved family.

Martha Smith

July 24, 2020

Sarah was a special friend and birthday sister . Murray and I will always cherish the wonderful memories and time spent with her and Marshall at Pioneer Conventions. She was tough, but fair... loving and gracious... and a cherished colleague and friend. Rest In Peace.
Murray and Martha Scott Smith

Barbara Burgess

July 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I know this is a very hard time for you and your family, and you are all in my prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

My condolences,
Barbara Burgess