The Woodward News


December 26, 2012

Edwin Allen McMurphy

Woodward, Okla. — Edwin Allen McMurphy, known as Bud to many, was born November 13, 1936 in Alva, Oklahoma to M.E. and Vera (Butler) McMurphy.  He passed from this life on December 18, 2012 in Woodward, Oklahoma at the age of 76. 

Ed spent all of his younger years in the Alva community and attended Alva Schools graduating with the class of 1955.   After high school Ed joined the Oklahoma National Guard.  On March 28, 1959 Ed and Jane Neiman were united in marriage at the Cedar Grove Methodist Church.  This marriage was blessed with four children, Monty Allen, Ann Marie, Mari Lou and Tina “Kathleen”.   Ed and Jane lived in Alva until 1968 when they moved to Woodward, OK.  They remained in Woodward until 1983 when they moved to their current house just north of Sharon, OK.  In 2011 Ed moved to the Vici Nursing Center.  Ed worked his whole life as a carpenter; he also enjoyed refurnishing old furniture.   He was a scout leader, and received the award of Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow.  Ed enjoyed the outdoors. He loved going to the mountains and taking his kids boating at the lake.  He also enjoyed photography and riding his motorcycle. Ed is preceded in death by his parents M.E. and Vera McMurphy; daughter Kathleen Smith and infant daughter Ann Marie; two sisters, Fern Bindrum and Donna Faye Parker and two brother-in-laws, Francis Parker and James Dickey.  Those left to cherish his memories are wife, Jane McMurphy; son, Monty McMurphy and wife Melisa of Sharon, OK; daughter, Mari Lou Lawrence of Sayre, OK; son-in-law Darrell Smith of Fargo, OK; three grandsons,  Chris Lawrence of Red Oak, OK, Jon Lawrence and wife Lindsey of Elk City, OK and Martyn McMurphy and wife Elizabeth of Guymon, OK; three granddaughters, Melia Wheeler and husband Kelly of Woodward, OK, Megan Reese and husband Kiel of Oceanside, CA and Ashlee Reynolds and husband Justin of Elk City, OK; three great grand kids, Kip, Ali and Kaylen; sister, Lois Dickey of Alva, OK; brothers-in-law, Dennis Nieman and wife Lavona, Charles Nieman and wife Yvonne, Clifford Nieman and wife Lauresta;  many nieces, nephews and a lifetime of friends.

Memorial Services were held on Friday December 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Sharon, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family and Memorial Tribute viewed at


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