He was born June 14, 1930, in Grafton, W.Va., and resided in Clayton for the past 40 years. He served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve from 1950-52 and as a medic with the 101st Airborne Division in the Korean War during 1950-53. He was a member of Clayton Presbyterian Church and the VFW. He was a master pipe fitter, carpenter and small-engine expert.
He is survived by: his wife of 33 years, Phyllis H. Murphy; a son, Kirby W. Murphy and daughter-in-law Mari Jayne Murphy of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Mary E. Murphy of Murray, Utah; a granddaughter Terri Rubel of Powell, Tenn.; a sister, JoAnne Estep of Ohio; stepchildren, James Phillip Andrews and partner Sarah Johnson and Howard Grady Andrews IV of Clayton; and stepgrandchildren, James Andrews, Kimberly Andrews Wooten , Christian Andrews, Isabella Jewel Andrews and Kristie Andrews Holland and husband Seth Holland, Daniel Howard Andrews and Joshua Andrews.