Edward Robert Murray

June 23, 1934November 30, 2018

Little River

Edward R. Murray passed away peacefully at home, November 30, 2018. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy. Ed was born on June 23, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late John J. and Lilly Murray.

He attended St. Rita High School in Chicago and graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Hotel/Restaurant Management. He was a Veteran of the U.S Army. Ed met and married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1960 and together they began their journey which included career opportunities in St. Paul, MN, Chicago, IL, West Islip, NY, Severna Park, MD, and Akron, OH. In 1979, they relocated to Hilton Head Island, SC, where they were the proprietors of Ed Murray’s Restaurant. In 1989, they moved to Little River where they owned and operated the Parson’s Table Restaurant until retirement.

Ed had a beautiful Irish tenor voice and enjoyed singing at his restaurants. He was an active Parishioner of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church. He was also a 4th Order Knights of Columbus.

Ed is survived by his four children, Ed Jr. (Roz), Mike (Hailey), Meg (Saul) Shavitz and Annemari Hardee; five grandchildren, Meaghan and Hannah Murray; Samantha, Izabella and John Michael Shavitz; his sister-in-law Katie (George) Bissett; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Jim, Bill, and Jay Murray; and his sister, Mary Schmitz.

A funeral mass will take place at 10:00 am on Monday, December 10, 2018 at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, with a service following in the Columbarium and Prayer Garden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Low Country Food Bank or Knights of Columbus.

A guestbook is available at

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


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Brenda Kidd

December 7, 2018

I always remembered Ed’s unbelievable Irish voice! I first was introduced to it when my husband and I dined at The Parson’s Table. I was mesmerized as Ed walked to the table and belted out a song just for us. I couldn’t believe this amazing sound came out of this man. He truly had a gift. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories Ed created.

Bart Mahoney

December 5, 2018

I met Ed shortly after his wife died at a Rotary meeting. He sat next to his son, Ed. As I entered the meeting room he was quick to welcome me. Since that time I have listened to many stories from others that knew Ed far better than I. From those stories I felt closer to Ed. I now realize that I have been cheated by not getting to know this man better. Until we meet again, rest in peace fellow Sir Knight.

Sue Granton

December 4, 2018

My sweet Papa Bear - I will miss you so very much. To the family - I love you all and you are always in my thoughts and prayers. Ed and Nancy are together forever and will forever be missed and always in my heart.