Gordon Murray

Gordon "Grizz" Murray

May 19, 1934 - February 4, 2021
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Gordon “Grizz” Murray, of White Hall, Arkansas, died at the age 86 on February 4, 2021.
Born in New York to the late Homer and Elizabeth Murray, Gordon enlisted in the military, Navy and Air Force, after high School and moved to the South after his discharge where he learned quickly how to hunt and fish and enjoyed every minute he was outdoors. He learned to farm and parlayed that into his love of gardening in his later years.
Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Iris Murray, daughters, Iris Forrest, Patricia Murray, Pamela Smith and sons, Michael (Judy) Murray and Patrick (Tara Johnson) Murray; grandchildren, Dikenia Williams, Tomi Weatherspoon, Brannon Forrest, Ashley Smith, Aaron Smith, Alex Blevins, Austin Murray, and Alyssa Torres; and great-grandchildren Destin Williams, Kayla Thornton, Connor Weatherspoon and Laynie Wallace. Gordon is also survived by a special cousin that he grew up with, Mimi Hall.
A Navy and Air Force veteran, Gordon was very proud to serve on the U. S.S. Intrepid during the Korean War. A lifetime member of the American Legion and the DAV, he was a member of the 40 and 8 Voiture #182, American Legion Post #343 in Redfield and a volunteer at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He had a passion for serving and working for children and nurses’ scholarships in the organizations.
Gordon never met a stranger and to many he was known as Santa. For many years he visited Jenkins Memorial Center in Pine Bluff and was Santa to their clients. Small children would follow him in stores, and he was always happy to play along and listened to their Christmas wishes.
He served as a volunteer fireman. Little League Baseball Coach and Pee Wee Football coach in White Hall for many years. He was also a volunteer leader when his children were in 4-H and a member of the NRA.
Graveside services will be held at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Mask must be worn, and social distancing guidelines will be followed.
The family is requesting no flowers. Any memorials may be made to the CAVHS Volunteer Service, 2200 Foot Roots Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72214 and designated to the Community Living Center (CLC).
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  • Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, February 19, 2021 10:00am
    Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
    1501 West Maryland Avenue
    North Little Rock, AR 72120
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  • Interment

    Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
    1501 West Maryland Avenue
    North Little Rock, AR 72120
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Deborah Henderson

Posted at 02:45pm
Uncle Gordon gave me my first ride on a motorcycle. I remember that it was red and he drove VERY carefully.

Anna & Everett Smith

Posted at 09:19pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with Iris and family members of Gordon. Through our many years of friendship and association with Gordon, I can't think of anyone who showed more dedication to veterans and young people than he did. He was always there to lend a helping hand and certainly leaves a void in the lives of many.
Anna & Everett Smith

Linda Locke

Posted at 04:44pm
Please accept my deepest sympathy for Gordon. Brad and I became friends at Redfield American Legion. Never a dull minute when around Gordon always a smile . We will remember Gordon for his Kindness and helping someone especially The Veteran. God Bless and Prayers for Iris and Family🙏❤️ When I called Iris Gordon referred to me old lady in nursing home always a good laugh lol Linda Locke. 🙏❤️

Russell Schuh, V-1277

Posted at 05:17pm
What can I Say, "Griz" and Ms. Iris were some of the First People I met when I became a 40et8'er. He was one of the Most Dedicated and Hardest Working Man I knew in the Organization. He had a Magnetic Personality in spite of being a Salty Old Sailor!!! Ms. Iris My Deepest Heartfelt Condolences to You and Your Family. Griz will be Sorely Missed and ALWAYS Remembered with RESPECT!!!🇺🇲

Evelyn Carroll

Posted at 09:15am
I am so sorry to hear about Gordon. My deepest condolences and prayers to Iris and all his family. I have missed answering the phone at The American Legion HQ and hearing him say “What took you so long to answer”.

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