CHESTER - Edward Lee Murray, 94, lifetime resident of Chester, passed away here while residing at the Stone Pear Pavilion for the past two months.
Ed was born in Newell on July 22, 1919, to the late Roy Edward and Nelsie Barnes Murray. He was a grandson of Samuel H. and Samads Piersal Murray and loving step-grandmother, Myrtle Steel Murray; and great-grandson of the Rev. Levi F. and Rebecca A. Morris Murray.
Having lived his entire life in Chester, he graduated from the former Chester High School in 1937. A member of American Legion Post 121 in Chester, Ed was a proud veteran of the US Navy where he achieved the rank of AMM3/0. Upon his return to Chester, he managed an Esso gas station along Carolina Avenue. He then migrated to the Goddard Bakery which was located on Virginia Avenue where he delivered fresh bread and sweets along his route up toward Monaca, Pa. At this point, Ed began selling life insurance for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. He retired from the former Crucible Steel in Midland in 1982. In order to help to provide for his large family, Ed began working at Waterford Park selling tickets at a mutual window. In 1986, he went to work as a funeral associate at the Arner Funeral Chapel until 2010.
Ed was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Chester where for many years he served as a trustee.
On Dec. 7, 1937, he was married to the love of his life, the late Norma I. Sayre Murray, at the First Church of the Nazarene in East Liverpool by the Rev. Charles Hanks.
Ed leaves his loving family: sons, Steven E. and wife Patty Murray of Newell, and Donald Paul Murray and companion Ms. Willie Balt of Chester; daughters, Linda Stewart, Vicki Paisley and husband Tom, and Anita Herron and husband Craig, all of Chester; 11 grandchildren, Scott Stewart, Vicky Lynn Geisse, Tommy Paisley, Lori Hammer, Stephanie Richards, Stacie Willis, Steven D. Murray, Chad Murray, Christopher Herron, Shannon Herron, and Ryan Herron; and 13 great-grandchildren, Alex, Matthew, Evan, Gavin, Ethan, Olivia, Taylor, Miranda, Nathaniel, Connor, Camryn, Ty, and Ridge.
In addition to Norma and his parents, Ed was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Harold Murray; his sister, Vonnie Leona Beadnell; his granddaughter, Crystal Dawn Paisley; and son-in-law, William Stewart.
Pall bearers for his services will be Craig Herron, Ryan Herron, Chris Herron, Scott Stewart, Tommy Paisley, Steven D. Murray, Chad Murray and Jim Murray.
Pastor Jim McMasters will help to celebrate Ed's life on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester and interment will follow at Locust Hill Cemetery where the Tri-state Veterans Burial Group and US Navy honor guard will accord full military honors. Friends are invited to join the family at the funeral home today (Friday) where they will be present from 2-8 p.m.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Ed's special care givers, Nisa Clark, Susie Dyke, Linda Brewer, Lisa Williams, and Joan Stewart.
They would also like to send a special thanks to the family and staff at the Stone Pear Pavilion and the Valley Hospice for their compassion and loving care.
You may view this memorial and send condolences at www.arnerfuneralchapel.com