June 4, 1935 – May 13, 2020
Murray Eugene Fugate, 84, passed away on May 13, 2020. He was born in Ocala, FL on June 4, 1935 to Murray N. and Martha Fugate. He graduated from Ocala High School in 1953 where he lettered in several sports. He served 3 years in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier Lake Champlain. It was during his service that he discovered his aptitude for teaching. After the Navy, he returned to college and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Education in 1962. It was also at that time, that he married Frances Law and they shared almost 58 years of marriage.
Murray began his teaching career at Lake Weir High School where he taught math and coached football, basketball, baseball, track and golf. Some of his fondest memories were times shared with his teams and students over his years there. He continued his teaching career at Forest High School. He also served on the board of the Marion County Commission from 1975-1987.
Murray enjoyed watching his Gators play sports and he enjoyed playing games himself. He was particularly lucky at cards, starting at age 15 with the poker game he entered and won 2 goats. His luck at all family games continued throughout his life.
He continued his teaching career at Gaston Community College after he relocated to NC in 2000. He lived in Lincolnton and then Charlotte after he retired from teaching. Murray was grateful that his entire family celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in Banff, Canada and his 80th birthday in the mountains of NC. He also enjoyed going to the gym for his physical therapy where he was known as Gator.
In addition to Frances, he leaves behind two sisters, Bette Forde and Gloria (Jack) Kenworthy; his four children, Murray (Cristina) Fugate of Coral Springs, FL, Holly (Chris) Scheppegrell of Charlotte, NC, Jason Fugate of Charlotte, NC, and Jeanne Fugate (Ben Zazove) of Los Angeles, CA; and grandchildren Brennen Fugate, Elliott Roldan, and Caley, Jacob, and Emily Scheppegrell.
A private service for the family was held in Ocala. A Celebration of Life is being planned for the future.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to National Aphasia Association at https://www.aphasia.org/donate/ or Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Monroe, NC 28110.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 21, 2020
Murray and I were teammates on the OHS baseball team. I was so proud of him when he was accepted to tryout at the Cleveland Indians baseball team at spring training in Daytona Beach.
We were pledges at the PKA fraternity at U of F in 1953. We had lots of fun helping his dad build a hunting camp in the Ocala Forest and spent several weeks there each year hunting.
His and my parents owned adjoining farms west of Ocala and that allowed him and me to spend time together also.
He introduced me to a lady in college, Sally Sigler, who became my wife of 54 years.I was looking forward to seeing him again and I am sure his family will miss him greatly. God Bless my friend.