Bryce Allen Murphy

By  | November 21, 2020 | Filed under: Elkins Funeral Home, Obituaries

Bryce Allen Murphy “slipped from the surly bonds of earth” and “put out his hand and touched the face of God” late in the afternoon on November 19, 2020. He had struggled with cancer since January 30 and was ready to go home to his Saviour. He was retired from Reynolds Metals and had his own carpentry business, Murphy Enterprises, in Virginia for a few years until he became ill with the same type of cancer in 2001. He fought that cancer for a year with chemo and radiation and then moved back to his hometown of Russellville, AL. He worked for a while at The Home Depot in Decatur, then joined the Carpenter’s Union and worked several jobs as a carpenter at numerous locations, especially Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant until retiring.


He and Sue survived the tornadoes of April 27, 2011 and finally moved to Lexington. They worship at the Lexington Church of Christ. Bryce graduated from Phil Campbell High School, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, and his Master’s degree from University of Arkansas in Little Rock. He was an airplane pilot and certified SCUBA diver. He loved to hunt, especially deer, and loved to garden. He used his multiple God-given talents in any way that he could find. He made the best chicken and dumplings and homemade pancakes his family ever had. He loved Jesus, his bible, God’s holy word, and his God.


Bryce is survived by his loving wife, Sue Murphy; his sons, Daniel Murphree of Norfolk, VA, Joseph Murphy of Russellville, AL; his daughter, Lauren Murphy Carter (Charles) of Charles City, VA; his step-sons Jason Mewbourn (Andrea), Adam Mewbourn (Stacey); and step-daughter, Amanda Mewbourn Whitson, all of Lexington, AL.


Bryce and Sue’s grandchildren include Seth and Haiden Murphy of Phil Campbell, AL; Hill and Lela Grace Carter of Charles City, VA; and Jacob Mewbourn (Megan Clark), Adrianna Mewbourn, Gage, Jayden, and Kayne Whitson, Levi, Anniston, Savannah, and Sawyer Mewbourn, and one great granddaughter, Everleigh Kate Mewbourn all of Lexington, AL.


He is also survived by his brothers, Wyane Murphy of Russellville, AL, and James Murphy (Jan) of Killen, AL, and his special cousin Jean Stone of Russellville, AL; his nephew Justin Murphy (Mallory) of Killen, AL; nieces, April Murphy Marsh (Austin) of Madison, AL, and Melissa Murphy of Fife lake, MI.


Bryce was preceded in death by his parents Willard and Dorothy Murphy; his brother, Richard Murphy; nephews, Derek Murphy, and Jamie Murphy.


Pallbearers are nephews, Brandon Carr, Craig Emmons, Nathan Gaston, Erik Morrison, Justin Murphy, Caleb Sledge, Clint Stanford, and Lucas Stanford.


In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the North Alabama Children’s Home, 6372 County Road 63, Florence, AL 35634.


The family wants to extend a special thank you to the Lexington Church of Christ, Danny Pettus, the nurses from AMEDISYS, all of their many friends and neighbors for their continued support, prayers, phone calls, card, and numerous acts of kindness. Bryce knew he was loved.


There will be a visitation for Mr. Murphy will be held at Grassy Cemetery on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 1:00 P.M.- 2:00 P.M. with service immediately following.

Arrangements were entrusted to Elkins Funeral Home. You are welcome to leave condolences on our website at

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