Murrell L. Duffie, son of the late John Loren and Madeline Duffie, was born in Dexter, Mo., Nov. 26, 1924, and died on May 12, 2012, at the V.A. Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo., at the age of 87.
Mr. Duffie entered the service during World War II and was a U.S. Navy Corps-man serving with the U. S. Marines. He was wounded at Iwo Jima and received the Purple Heart.
He attended Olivett Nazarene College in Kankakee, Ill., and taught in the Dexter Public School system at the high school for a period of time, but his heart was in the ministry service. He preached and pastored at churches in Dexter, Lilbourn, Rolla, and Brosley, Mo. He also had a radio ministry call "Bible Messages" in Crossville, Tenn.
He married Sheron Marie Carson on March 24, 1985. Surviving is his wife, Sheron of Dexter; two sons, Phillip Duffie of Nashville, Tenn., and Murrell L. Duffie, Jr. of Watertown, Tenn.; two daughters, Jackie Jensen of Crossville, Tenn., and Ruth Heathcock of Nashville, Tenn.; one step-daughter, Dawn Denise Watkins of Acorn Ridge, Mo.; one brother, Raymond L. Duffie of Bernie, Mo.; and one sister, Bertha Kurtenbach of Kankakee, Ill. Many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family and friends also survive.
Visitation was held Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter. As a special honor, the Patriot Guard Riders lead the funeral procession and took part in the service at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.
Watkins and Sons Funeral Services in charge of all arrangements.
"Gone but not forgotten." Your brother, Raymond L. Duffie