Floyd Ray Murphy began his life’s journey on October 28, 1945, at Carthage, Arkansas as the son of Louie R. Murphy and Henrietta O’Hara Murphy.
Floyd was a graduate of Carthage Colored School in Carthage, Arkansas. He grew up to be a handsome and intelligent young man. In 1965 at the age of twenty he enlisted into the United States Air force and re-enlisted in 1971. After two terms of service in the Air Force he moved north to Michigan. He furthered his education at Wayne State University in Detroit.
The Air Force taught and instilled in Floyd commitment and dedication. Floyd was no stranger to hard work and he gave his best in all that he did. He was accepted into the Detroit Police Academy. He took his training seriously and served his city with pride. He was a model of sustained policing excellence that placed neighborhoods and people first. He retired after 14 years of dedicated and loyal service.
Floyd moved to Hot Springs in May of 2013 after the death of his beloved daughter, Marcia. He enjoyed the simple things that life offered and found joy in spending time with his family and friends.
On Monday, March 10, 2014, after 68 seasons of life he received his blessing of immortality. He was preceded in transition by his parents; his daughter, Marcia Murphy (1973-2013); two brothers, Henry Murphy (2010) and Louie Murphy, Jr.
He leaves his memory etched in the hearts of his niece whom he cherished as a daughter, Gwendolyn (Roy) Pollins of Hot Springs, AR; a special and devoted friend, Verna Mae of Leola, AR; a sister-in-law, Samella Murphy of Arkadelphia, AR; his other loved nieces and nephews Zina (Eddie) Bailey, Tamara Jolly, Henry (Kathy) Florence, Kendall (Denise) Murphy, Alvin Pennix, and Ricky (Cheryl) Conner; great nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
An intimate family hour will be held on Monday March 17th at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. A remembrance of his life will shared with friends on Monday, March 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Rev. James H. Giles, Sr., will officiate.