David Quentin Murdoch, 95, of Russellville, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Stella Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was born April 27, 1919, in Pea Ridge, Pope County, Arkansas, son of the late William Claude and Ida Fridell Murdoch.
He was a 1937 graduate of Atkins High School where he was salutatorian and excelled in athletics. He worked at the Atkins Post Office as a substitute clerk and rural letter carrier, retiring after 41 years. Mr. Murdoch was a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Russellville First Baptist Church where he was a deacon and active in the Berean Sunday School class, Young at Heart, and the Senior Adult Outreach Choir. He was also a member of the American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Jean Murdoch; grandson, Bradley James Gilbert; three brothers, Clarence, Leslie, and Hugh Murdoch; and two sisters, Elaine Montgomery and Walsie Hill.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ginger and husband Jamie Gilbert and Nan and husband Greg Nelson, all of Russellville; four grandchildren, Kristen Gilbert of Stratham, New Hampshire, Dr. David Nelson and wife Dr. Kristen Nelson of Russellville, LeeAnne Nelson of Dallas, TX, and Dr. Lauren Nelson of Russellville; four great-grandchildren, Phenix and Drake Dewhurst of Stratham, New Hampshire, and Jonathan and Jack Nelson of Russellville; a brother, William H. “Bill” Murdoch and wife Katie of Russellville; brother-in-law, W.C. “Dub” McMahen of Zwolle, Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 2, at Russellville First Baptist Church with Rev. Greg Sykes and Dr. Tom Walker officiating. Burial with military honors by VFW Rogers-Rye Post #2283 will be in Oakland Cemetery in Atkins by Lemley Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM, Monday, at Lemley Chapel.
Pallbearers are David Nelson, Bobby Pitts, Gary Murdoch, David H. Murdoch, Timm Murdoch, Joe DuVall, Paige McMahen and Wil Wilhite. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Berean Sunday School Class and other Senior Adults of First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Russellville First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 36, Russellville, AR 72811, to Gideons International, or to Arkansas Hospice, 2405 E. Parkway, Suite 3, Russellville, Arkansas, 72802.
The family wishes to thank the staff and aides at Wildflower Assisted Living, Stella Manor Nursing Home, and Arkansas Hospice for their wonderful love, care, and support during these past several weeks.
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