Mr. Murphy was a 1954 graduate of Butler High School in Princeton where he served as the class president. He loved and lived law enforcement. He was retired as a Sgt. for the Kentucky State Police Force with 26 years of service. He was former Sheriff of Lyon County for five years and was currently serving as a deputy for the Lyon County Sheriff's Department. He also served as an honorary Alabama State Trooper serving as a body guard for Gov. George Wallace in 1968. He was a former little league basketball coach and was score keeper for the Lyon County High School basketball teams for many years.
Ronnie was voted Eddyville Citizen of the Year in 1988. He was a member of the Eddyville Lyons Club, the L.B.L. Sportsman's Club, the Lyon County Christian Men's Club, the Hardee's Men's Breakfast Club and was a Kentucky Colonel. Ronnie was also a member of Eddyville First Baptist Church and a member of the Fishers of Men Sunday School Class.
He loved to cook his special chili, restore old cars, go squirrel hunting, hiking, and golfing. Ronnie was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. He liked to rock hunt with his grandchildren. Spending time with his family was his greatest love; he especially loved time spent with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Clara Orange Murphy; two sons, Kevin Lawrence Murphy and his wife, Elizabeth of Paducah, Kent Murphy and his wife, Carla of Eddyville; one daughter, Kim Glass and her husband, George, of Eddyville; seven grandchildren, Seth and Kaitlin Murphy of Paducah, Kala and Kenton Glass of Nashville, Shelby, Hayden and Allison Murphy of Eddyville.
He was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Ronald Phillip Murphy and a sister, Nancy Duff.
His parents were Lawrence McChesney Murphy and Alice Cunningham Murphy.
Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville with Rev. Tim Perdue, Justice Bill Cunningham and David Williams officiating. Burial will be in Princeton Memorial Gardens, Highway 91 South in Princeton.
Visitation will be 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at Lakeland Funeral Home in Eddyville.
Memorials may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148 .
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