OBITUARY

Dr. Henry Edward Murray

September 29, 1946February 14, 2021
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On February 14th, 2021, the Lord welcomed Dr. Henry Edward Murray home.

Born in Longview, Texas on September 29, 1946, and raised in Texas, “Ed,” as he was called by most, attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. Ed enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and attended boot camp in Orlando, Florida, and Naval Hospital Corps School in Great Lakes, IL, to become a Hospital Corpsman. He served over four years as a Hospital Corpsman, where he assisted in the health care of servicemen who had returned from Vietnam. He separated from the Navy in 1974 to attend graduate school.

Ed attended the University of Arizona, where he earned a Master of Science in Microbiology/Immunology and later received a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Ed returned to service in 1992 when he was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he accepted a position at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Agency of Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR). He was promoted to Captain in 2000 and retired from CDC/ATSDR in 2018 after 26 years of dedicated service.

Ed loved his family and was a dedicated father. When he was not working at CDC or teaching at local universities, he loved to stay busy with woodworking and going to the local gun range with his children. Ed enjoyed grilling outdoors and trying new recipes. He was a focused person, and when he set his mind to something, he followed through to completion. For instance, he developed an interest in Ham Radios and studied diligently to attain his license as an amateur radio operator. He has an impressive amount of equipment and commented to his family that he might like to start back up again since retiring from CDC. His handle is KB5NNN.

In his younger years, he enjoyed local game hunting and bringing it home for his mother to cook. He briefly took an interest in golf and decided he didn’t like it.

Ed is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marjorie Morrissette Murray of Snellville, GA, and their two children, Jason Edward Murray of Snellville, GA, and Jennifer Eileen Murray of Arlington, VA. He is also survived by his mother, Annie Marie Samford Murray, and sister Janet Murray Stulce and husband Ted of Palestine, TX.

The funeral service will be held at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, 3594 Stone Mountain Highway, Snellville, GA. Visitation will be Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1:00 PM. The service will follow at 2:00 PM and will be conducted by his sister Janet Murray Stulce and his brother-in-law, who are ordained ministers.

The Burial will be held on March 2nd, 2021, at 10:30 am at the Georgia National Cemetery, 2025 Mount Carmel Church Lane, Canton, GA 30114.

Services

2 March

Burial

11:00 am

Georgia National Cemetery

1080 Scott Hudgens Dr.
Canton, GA 30114

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Jessilynn B Taylor

February 27, 2021

Ed💕 I still have very special “whittles” from Ed😔
I will always remember his kind of one sided smile, his dry sense of humor, his kindness. My heart is broken that he’s gone. May he always Rest in Heaven.

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Jennifer and Jason, as you know… you were his heart. Margie, may God hold your family within His arms, as you grieve.

Rae Benedict

February 27, 2021

May the sun shine upon you and bring with it warm, wonderful memories of Ed.
The Aggies of Texas A&M would say "Gig em" in the afterlife as you have done in your professional career.

Rae

Hugh Hansen

February 26, 2021

Captain Ed Murray was a remarkable man. He had many special attributes. First of all, I think he was a fine soldier. He served in the Navy and was committed to the skills of military life. As a result, he was inducted into the Commission Corps of the Public Health Service rather than joining the Civil Service. He had excellent skills as a captain. He had the management skills to run an operation and also the ability to execute the mission of the operation. Also, he had the personal skills to relate to those under him in a way that they joined him in his commitment to the mission.

Further, he was also a remarkable lecturer and teacher. He taught at two of our local prestigious universities for as long as I have known him, from the early 1990s.

In addition, he had consummate people skills. Although I knew that people far and wide had high praise for his work, and his willingness to engage in teamwork to get a task done, I did not know until I read the “memories” the genuinely warm feelings the division had for him and how personal they felt about their conversations with him from time to time.

Finally, I will mention his artistic ability. Many of us were aware of how gifted he was in woodworking. I talk to him about a piece of artwork and forgot all about it. Six months later he brought this remarkable piece of sculpture to the office, exactly what I had discussed with him. I have no doubt that he had many gifts I may not have been aware of. “Lord, let your light shine perpetually upon Ed, with all your love, mercy and grace. Amen.”



Annabelle Allison

February 26, 2021

I had the honor of working alongside Dr. Murray when I entered CDC's NCEH/ATSDR as the Associate Director for the Office of Tribal Affairs. Ed was always very supportive of me as a newcomer and encouraged me to have a voice and to share perspectives when it came to American Indian and Alaska Native populations that we serve. He was always jovial and humorous and set the stage for open communication. It was a pleasure and honor to work with Ed and I will remember him as a kind and generous individual who paved the way for folks like me to enter into public service. I offer my condolences to Dr. Murray's family and loved ones at this difficult time. Thank you.

Deb Millette

February 26, 2021

I’m so sorry to hear of Ed’s death. He was a wonderful, caring, smart, silly, man. I will remember his calm demeanor and humor when facing bureaucracy and nonsense. He was a kind man. The world needs more people like Ed.

Jason Murray

February 26, 2021

My father was a great man. I loved him very much. Without question, he was always there for me even at times I did not deserve his help.
I do believe that he always put my needs before his own. I am truly grateful for that.
I will miss my father more than any word can describe.
Dad, I am proud to have been your son. I love you.

Jason Edward Murray

Jimmy Stephens

February 24, 2021

So devastated to hear of Ed's passing. I had the great pleasure of working closely with Ed for several years in ATSDR. He was a wealth of knowledge and experience. His sense of humor was highly infectious and he could get you laughing with a simple expression or look. He will be sorely missed.

Andrea Ramsay

February 24, 2021

I am so sorry to learn of Ed's passing. Ed was a wonderful colleague and mentor to me during my time in ATSDR when I served as his deputy, and even after I moved on a couple of years later. As others have mentioned, he had a terrific sense of humor. When I asked for his approval to leave ATSDR for another job opportunity, he said, "On one condition - that we continue to meet for coffee in the mornings." And, I did just that. There was a group of us who regularly met, with Ed as the ringleader. He would crack us up as we conversed about his cats, grilling techniques on his Green Egg, and whatever else happened to be the conversation of the day. It was a wonderful way to start the morning as we prepared for the challenges of the day, and I will always cherish the moments spent with Ed. My sincere condolences to his family.

Julie Racine-Parshall

February 24, 2021

I worked with Ed for many years at ATSDR. He always, without fail, made me laugh. It was a pleasure to work with him and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to get to know him. His loss is big for so many hearts that he touched! My sincerest condolences to Ed's family and friends.

Scott Wright

February 23, 2021

My most heartfelt sympathies to the Family of Ed Murray. I first met Ed when he first arrived at ATSDR/CDC in '92 and had the immense pleasure of working with him for the next 22 years. He was one of those rare individuals with the combination of an excellent scientific mind, common sense and a great, dry sense of humor. Of course, it always helps when you come from the same great state even though he was an Aggie! Ultimately, he saw the error of his ways and later matriculated from an University of Texas institution. Ed was an early riser and so I could always count on him to shoot the bull with my early morning coffee. Topics would range from hunting to woodworking to family. He was a great listener. Ed was a calming influence during some very contentious periods of work and his deprecating humor always brought you back to the center. I will miss young Ed and the world will be a little less without him.

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