Robert Thomas Murray
The life of Robert Thomas Murray also known as Bobby, Daddy, Grandad, Great Grandad, Uncle Bobby, and Rapid Robert. He left this earth on January 14th, 2020 after living here for ten decades, he was 86 years old. Daddy was born on May 9th, 1933 in Arlington, Texas to Ora Alma and James Leonard Murray. He was of Irish descent and his favorite color was any shade of green. He came from a family of seven children which included three brothers and three sisters. He was the last surviving member of his family. Just before his mother passed away from cancer from a very early age, my dad put himself in charge of hustling up enough money to buy my grandmother's pain medication. He would gather up and sell pecans, sell newspapers, he even raised a garden and sold the produce to buy his mama her pain medicine. Our dad had a very compassionate heart. He could not stand to see anyone suffer or go hungry. He was put into an orphanage at a young age. Unhappy there, he left at the age of seventeen to join the U.S. Army. It was during his years in the Army that he was tested and found out that he had the highest IQ of anyone in his unit, and was indeed a genius. He was sent to Germany where he ran a post office in the famous Eagle's Nest, Adolf Hitler's former meeting place with members of the Nazi's party prior to his capture and defeat.
Daddy loved several things in his life. Among them was playing baseball, especially throwing his famous knuckleball that only my Uncle Bucie could catch. My dad loved to play a good game of poker, he loved nature, and he loved to go riding with his family. Daddy also loved to cook a good meal, and he loved to share his food. He often handed out candy at his retirement center, saying this may be the only thing they get all day long. As I said, he had a very compassionate heart. Daddy also loved to travel, and often talked about the many places he visited, including of course, Germany and Austria. We also traveled to Mexico and Galveston frequently. We had many wonderful adventures. Daddy loved his job as an insurance salesman, which he did successfully for thirty-five years. He was also a manager in the insurance industry. One of his mentors was L. G. Baker. My dad talked about this man throughout his life. He had a great influence on him. Daddy had eight children, two of them which preceded him in death. His daughter Elaine, who succumbed to cancer, and his baby boy Nicholas, who lived only six days. Daddy loved all of his babies very much. Our mama Ganell, better known as Nellie Mae, is also here. Mama and daddy loved each other very much. Daddy gave us all nicknames as a sign of his love. Lisa known as Mama, Bennie Lyne also known Benjamin, Jimmie Carol also known as Movie Star, and Rosalyn also known as Baby Doll. Daddy also raised Sheila Gayle, and Delores Kaye, also known as Kaiser. He also has a daughter living in Georgia, Debbie, and a son in Florida, his namesake Robert. He was very proud of all of his children and encouraged them to enjoy life, to continue learning, and to reach for the stars. Survivors also include numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family members. Our daddy was something else. He lived life on his own terms, and made the most of any given situation. He loved to find something to enjoy out of every single day. Daddy, I hope after you met Jesus face to face, you hugged your beautiful mother and your babies. And now, I hope you are throwing your famous knuckleball and Uncle Bucie is catching it.
We will love you forever.
Your Family
Published on January 20, 2020

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