OBITUARY

Reva Dianne Hale Murchison

July 14, 1954April 19, 2018
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Dianne Hale Murchison, age 63 of Jackson, TN, passed away on April 19, 2018, at Jackson General Hospital after an extended illness.

Dianne was born on July 14, 1954 in Jackson, TN to the late Walter Fulton and Gladys Laverne Gordon Hale. She was a production worker for Quaker Oats in Jackson for many years.

She is survived by her children, Brandy Murchison Crawford (Matt) of Melbourne, Australia and Josh Murchison (Belinda) of Pinson; Siblings, Phyllis Hale Dancer of Beech Bluff, TN, Ron F. Hale (Yvonne) of Jackson, TN, and Renee Hale Tima-an (Tim) of Pensacola, FL; and five grandchildren, Collin Murchison, Violet Crawford, Camille Crawford, Mason Murchison and Elliot Crawford.

The family will receive friends and loved ones at a visitation to be held on Monday evening, April 23, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. and again on Tuesday afternoon April 24, 2018 from 12-1 p.m. on in the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons.

The funeral service is to be conducted at 1 p.m. at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons, with Bro. Danny Rachel of Parkburg Baptist Church officiating.

The escorted funeral procession will follow to Parkburg Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Dianne’s memory may be directed to the Meridian Baptist Church Men’s Ministry, c/o Meridian Baptist Church, 161 Harts Bridge Rd., Jackson, TN 38301.

  • FAMILY

  • Brandy Murchison Crawford (Matt), Daughter
  • Josh Murchison (Belinda), Son
  • Collin Murchison, Grandchild
  • Violet Crawford, Granchild
  • Camille Crawford, Grandchild
  • Mason Murchison, Grandchild
  • Elliot Crawford, Granchild
  • Ron F. Hale (Yvonne), Brother
  • Renee Hale Tima-an (Tim), Sister
  • Phyllis Hale Dancer, Sister
  • Walter and Gladys Hale, Parents, Deceased
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Jason Hale
  • Jerry Leek
  • Bill Crawford
  • Tim Tima-an
  • Joe Vann
  • Brandon Smith
  • DONATIONS

  • Meridian Baptist Church Men's Ministry

Services

  • Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones Monday, April 23, 2018
  • The Funeral Service Tuesday, April 24, 2018
  • The Interment Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Biography

When Reva Dianne Hale Murchison walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Reva was and how she impacted those around her. Reva was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Reva wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Reva was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Dianne was born on July 14, 1954 at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee. She was the daughter of Walter and Gladys Gordon Hale. Dianne was raised in Jackson, Tennessee. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Dianne might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Dianne was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Dianne was raised with three siblings. She had Phyllis Dancer, Ron Hale, and Renee Tima-an. Dianne was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Dianne was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Dianne well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Dianne responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from South Side High School in 1973. Dianne was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Dianne absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Dianne, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Dianne a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.

      Dianne was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Dianne, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Murchison home. Dianne's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Dianne was blessed with two children: one daughter, Brandy Dianne Murchison and one son, Joshua Wade Murchison. They were also blessed with Five Grandchildren, Collin, Mason, Violet, Camille, and Elliot.

      Dianne was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Factory Production. She was employed for Quaker Oats. Dianne was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Dianne had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Dianne's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Reva loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were Word Puzzles. Reva had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Dianne's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Dianne was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She attended Madiosn Baptist Church. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Dianne's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Dianne took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included going to Florida.

      When Dianne's retirement finally came in 2000, Reva handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Dianne to master. Even in retirement, Dianne continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Dianne passed away on April 19, 2018 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital from Rheumatoid Arthritis complications. She is survived by her two children, Brandy and Joshua; and her grandchildren, Collin, Mason, Violet, Camille, and Elliot. Services were held at the South Chapel of George A. Smith and Sons. Dianne was laid to rest in Parkburg Baptist Church Cemetery.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Dianne. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Dianne Murchison for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Dianne was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.