In Loving Memory of
A. Wesley "Wes" Murray
A memorial service for Ayers Wesley Murray, age 86, of Longview, will be at 11:00 am on Friday, December 4th at Alpine Church of Christ with Rodney Cox officiating. A private graveside service will follow at Rosewood Park Cemetery under direction of Rader Funeral Home. Mr. Murray passed away at home on November 28, 2015.
Wes was born on December 9, 1928, in Elizabeth, Louisiana, to Velma Owens Murray and her husband, Ayers Wesley Murray who, in an untimely manner, passed away just months prior to the birth of his only son. Wes was named for the father he never had the opportunity to meet. Wes graduated from Kilgore High School in 1945 and immediately entered the United States Navy where he served on the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La. Upon completion of his service, he attended Kilgore College and obtained a degree in horology, the art of watch making, in 1950. He then attended Midwestern University in Wichita Falls to take jewelry repair classes. He moved back to East Texas in 1954. He met and then married Zelma Nell Cave on July 5, 1956. Wesâ€™s fondest memories are of time spent with his family.
Nell and Wes Murray established Murray Jewelry Company in 1959. He was the patriarch of this family owned and operated business for over 50 years.
Mr. Murray was a member of Alpine Church of Christ since first joining in 1956. He was a committed community volunteer serving as President of the Longview Chamber of Commerce in 1983. In addition he chaired both Gregg County Crime Stoppers and Downtown Development. He also was honored to work as a board member of the YMCA. In later years, he greatly enjoyed serving Meals on Wheels.
Wes was gifted with that rare and innate ability to make people laugh. This made him a great fishing partner and assured him a constant golf group.
Mr. Murray was blessed to be married to two lovely and gracious women: The first, his wife and the mother of his children, Nell Cave Murray. The second, the former Martha Bateman Ruff, who brought him joy and became Wesâ€™s constant dinner companion, dance partner and true love in his later years. He and Martha were married February 16, 2013.
Mr. Murray is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Nell Cave Murray, by his sister, Julia Murray Greene, by his daughter, Carol Kay Murray Wittig, and by two infant granddaughters, Cheri Angela Wittig and Lindsay Marie Murray.
In addition to his wife, Martha Bateman Murray, he is survived by three sons: Judson Alan Murray and his wife, Nancy of Longview; Jason Cave Murray and his wife, Kim of Longview and James Wesley Murray and his wife, Susie of Sugar Land. He is also survived by a son-in-law, Robert Wittig of Brownwood and by his brother-in-law, Douglas Cave of Longview.
He is also survived by thirteen wonderful grandchildren: Heath Murray and wife, Sissy of Southlake, Ryan Wittig of Brownwood, Daniel Murray, Wesley Murray, Alyssa Murray, Jonathon Murray, and Stephen Murray of Sugar Land, Rebecca Murray McMahon and her husband, Joshua of Lufkin, and Judson Cave Murray, Tessa Murray, Hannah Murray, Austin Payne and Nathan Lawrason, all of Longview.
Additionally, he is survived by Marthaâ€™s two sons and their families: Jay Ruff and Eric Ruff along with his wife Lori and their three lovely daughters, Cami, Juliana and Caroline of Longview.
The family would like to sincerely thank Spencer Barton, Carmen Boggus, Mary Ann Jackson, Carolyn Peralli and Nicole Brantley for their love and care during this difficult time. Special thanks go to Heart To Heart Hospice and Elite Private Care.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 on Thursday evening, the 3rd at Rader Funeral Home in Longview. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Alpine Church of Christ at 610 E. Loop 281, Longview, Texas 75605 or a charity of your choice.
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