OBITUARY: William Carlton ‘Bill’ Murphy Jr.


William Carlton “Bill” Murphy Jr., age 68, of Springfield, passed away Friday, December 1, 2023 at the Vanderbilt Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Mr. Murphy was born June 29, 1955 in Springfield, to the late William Carlton and Gloria Faye Pollard Murphy, Sr.

He was a member of the Jo Byrns Class of ’73, worked and retired from Dematic as a Mechanical Installation Manager after 40 years of service, and was of the Christian faith.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kathy Wilson Murphy; daughters, Karly Rae (Brandon) Dodd, and Kady Lynne (Matthew) Stewart; 2 grandchildren, Murphy Rae Dodd, and Liam Fraser Stewart; and sisters, Dianne (Billy) Seeley, and Melissa (Greg) Young.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm Tuesday, December 5th in the chapel of Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield with Bro. David Evans officiating. Burial will follow in Springfield Memorial Gardens with Brandon Dodd, Matthew Stewart, Will Seeley, Jake Seeley, Taylor Wilson, and Michael Wilson serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm Monday, and again from 11 am until time of the service at 1 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Baptist Church Building Fund, 400 N. Main Street, Springfield, TN 37172

Austin & Bell Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of these arrangements.



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