Joy Upshaw Murphy, Obituary


Joy Upshaw Murphy, formerly of Memphis; Houston, Miss.; and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died July 12 in Miami after a short illness, age 96.

She lived in Chapel Hill from 1971 to 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, retired UNC Law School Professor William P. Murphy, in 2007, and by a son, Stephen U. Murphy, in 2018.

She was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1927, graduated from Central High School there, and from Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in Memphis, where she majored in music.

She taught piano to numerous pupils in Chapel Hill, and for many years was a member of the Durham Civic Choral Society, and of University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill. Many people commented that her name Joy was entirely in keeping with her joyous nature.

Survivors include a son, Robert H. Murphy, of Miami; son Wm. Patrick Murphy, Jr. of Vilnius, Lithuania; and grandson K.P. Murphy of Springfield, Virginia. Services will be at Prospect Methodist Church in Houston, Miss. at a date to be arranged.

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