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John Kelly Murphy

Mr. John Kelly Murphy, age 83, of Hestand, Kentucky, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 27, 2022, surrounded by family at The Monroe County Medical Center.  John Kelly was born on August 4, 1939, a son of the late Denton and Mary Doyle (Baxter) Murphy. He married Martha Sue Copas on December 23, 1961.  After twenty-seven years, John Kelly retired from the Kentucky Department of Social Services in 2001.  He proudly served in The Army National Guard and was a faithful member of Germany Church of Christ.

In addition to his wife of sixty years, Martha Sue, he is survived by two sons; Barry Murphy and his wife Rita, and Randy Murphy and his wife Jennifer all of Tompkinsville, a sister, JoNell Carter of Louisville, Kentucky, five grandsons; Trenton Murphy and wife Ashley of Ocala, Florida, Trevor Murphy of Hudson, Florida, Brooks Murphy and wife Haley, Sawyer and Braden Murphy, step-grandson, Grayson Harlan and wife Kelsey. Six great-grandchildren, three step-greatgrandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one grandson, Gage Colby Murphy, and one brother-in-law, Bruce Carter.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at Bartley & Sons Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Baxter Cemetery. Tim McHenry, and Alan Keele will officiate the services.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday Morning from 8:00 until time for services at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to Baxter Cemetery in honor of John Kelly, those may be made at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Brooks, Brayden, Sawyer, Trenton, Trevor Murphy, and Grayson Harlan.

Bartley & Sons Funeral Home considers it an honor to be entrusted with the care of John Kelly and his family during this time.

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Praying for you and family for comfort and healing. I have fond memories of your family.

Carlos Tarter Dec 1 2022 11:54 AM

WE are saddened at the passing of my cousin and life long friend. I believe he got his middle name from our great-great grand-father Joshua Kelly Hestand, the First Post Master at the community named for him. Among my favorite memories of John Kelly, is the time he performed his "spelling backwards" talent for a large college class and surprised professor.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family..

Wayne Baxter Nov 30 2022 8:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Murphy

Lynn Chapman Nov 30 2022 11:27 AM

Sorry to hear this ,thinking of you Martha Sue.

Estelle Coppage Vibbert. Nov 29 2022 9:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Murphy

So sorry to hear this, prayers for Martha Sue and all the family. Runelle Strode Nov 29 2022 8:45 PM

Prayers for the family 🙏

Marsha Conkin Miles Nov 29 2022 7:35 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Murphy

Dale Ford Nov 29 2022 5:52 PM

So sad to hear a fellow classmate has passed. I rem. Him fondly ❤️🙏

Carol Miller Ramsey. Nov 29 2022 1:46 PM

A candle was lit in memory of John Murphy

neva lou reagan Nov 29 2022 10:27 AM

So sorry for your loss . prayers are with the family.

neva lou reagan Nov 29 2022 10:25 AM

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