Brenice A Murphree

January 27, 1947May 11, 2020

Brenice A. Murphree, 73, wife of the late William C. Murphree, passed away peacefully on May 11, 2020.

Born near the Keowee River, she was a daughter to the late William Talton Alexander and Mittie Crenshaw Alexander. She grew up, as one of 11 children, learning to work hard, enjoy the love of family, and to care for others as a true friend.

She was a 1965 graduate of Daniel High School. Brenice worked and enjoyed her time at Duke Power, where she was employed for more than 30 years, earning many lifelong friends.

Brenice was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and loved spending time with her granddaughter, who lovingly named her B. She also enjoyed working in her yard, tending to her plants, and taking care of her dogs. She enjoyed keeping in touch with family, friends, and neighbors.

She is survived by her daughter, Maria Senn (husband Fredrick "JR") and granddaughter Alex Senn, all of Lexington, SC. Also surviving are her four siblings, Ruth Greer, Caroline Morgan, Carli Alexander (wife Lavonne), and Dwight Alexander (wife Miriam), and her many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by six siblings, Helen Whitmire, Gladys Watson, Cora Haynes, Lila Steen, Bill Alexander, and Boone Alexander.

Family and friends may pay their respects between the hours of 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Dillard Funeral Home.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we are limiting the gathering to 15 persons or less in order to protect the health of the Murphree family, our community, and our associates. We ask that you kindly respect this request for the benefit of all we serve.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 15, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville, SC.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Brenice A Murphree

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Carl S Bagwell

May 18, 2020

In remembrance of a very kind and generous lady of meeting her and many others at ONS during years of being also an employee of Duke Energy for many years. Thanks to THE LORD for the path in life that we travel and those we meet during this time and GOD deserves all the praise for every thing !

Opal White

May 17, 2020

Maria, JR and Alex:
I met this beautiful, red headed lady when she first came to work at Duke Energy. We became good friends and even more so in the last few years of her life as we frequently talked on the phone and visited one another at her lake house or had lunch with mutual friends Kathie Masters and Betty Dacus. Brenice was always down to earth; a very hard worker, always friendly and helpful. Just a few weeks before she passed I had the privilege of talking with her once more. She sounded upbeat, even laughing at times and with that expression of awe in her voice that only she had as she described several things she was thinking about. I would just like to say that she always had positive things to say about her family, and especially her son-in-law JR. Of course she adored little Alex and was always telling me about her latest experiences at school, vacation or whatever she was involved in at the time. I will miss her, but I’m so glad she’s not suffering any more. I hope you all are comforted in knowing she’s in a better place, and I will continue to pray for all of you. With love, Opal White

Marsha Alexander

May 15, 2020

I knew Bernice from working at Oconee Nuclear Station. The first time I met her was my initial visit to Dosimetry to be issued my TLD. Her kind sweet personality made it an easier less stressful process. She was a sweet lady and will be greatly missed. My condolences to her family.

Annette Clark

May 15, 2020

I worked with Brenice for many years & have seen her in many stressful situations, but never has she changed from her softly sweet speech & meek personality. She very patiently spoke with each person that she came in contact with, even in the peak of pre-outage badging & late night TLD change-outs. She was such a delightful & lovely person. We occasionally took breaks together & were dear friends. It was my pleasure to know & be able to enjoy Brenuce. Her family should take comfort knowing that God has wonderful things in store for Brenice.

Diann Reece

May 14, 2020

Brenice was like my older sister when we were little. I loved going to Aunt Mittie’s and spending the night. The world has lost a gentle, kind, and loving lady. She will be missed greatly. My prayers for her daughter, son in law, granddaughter and sisters and brothers. Heaven has gained a angel.

Alvin Bagwell

May 14, 2020

Brenice was much loved by her church family Shady Grove Baptist Church . She will be so missed by all who knew her . Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family , may God lift you all up in health and spirit .

ken chappell

May 14, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. Brenice and I graduated Daniel together in 1965 and she was my bus driver one of those years. I thought so much of her.

Helen Dodgens

May 13, 2020

Brenice was not only a cousin but a mentor and friend to so many people in her professional, church, and daily life. She inspired others to lead the best life.
Our family sends condolences and prayers to our beloved Alexander and Crenshaw families. I am with Janet in Atlanta and neither one of us can come home. Maria, Carli, Dwight, Ruth, Carolyn, we love you.
Helen Winchester Dodgens, and Janet Winchester Rowland.

Paul Thrower

May 13, 2020

Fond memories sitting in the den and hearing stories about six mile and family, or at the table having okra, corn, and biscuits. Summer days swimming and fishing at the lake house are cherished too. Condolences to all family at this time. Sincerely, Paul Murphree Thrower , Dorlisa and family.

Janet Martin

May 13, 2020

It is with sadness and joy that I write this. Sadness because the world has loss a special person who many people loved and respected. The joy in that she is assuredly safe at home in God's hand. She and Lynn will be sharing memories and laugher and she is in pain no more. I was blessed to have known and worked with her. There will always be a special spot in my heart for her.
With blessing for the family She loved you all so much.
Janet Martin


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