Joseph James Murray, age 26, passed away suddenly on July 10th 2017, and was delivered into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Celebration of Life service will be held at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, North Carolina on Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30am, with visitation one hour prior .The burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery on a later date.
Joseph was born in El Toro, CA on December 28th, 1990. He graduated from Sandlewood High School in Jacksonville, FL. He then entered into the distinguished service of the Untied States Marine Corps.
Joseph married the love of his life, Gayle Elizabeth Murray, on June 11th 2011. They were married for six wonderful years.
Joseph's many accomplishments during his career as a United States Marine include two tours to Afghanistan in September 2010 and January 2012, both as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Joseph achieved the rank of sergeant and his personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars in lieu of third award, Combat Action Ribbon, and a Good Conduct Medal with a bronze star in lieu of second award. In October 2015, Joseph became a Critical Skills Operator and was assigned to 2nd Raider Battalion, Hotel Company and served with Team 8231. His fellow Marines remember him as "calm as the breeze but the heart of a lion. No sooner would he smile at a friend than he would lay waste to those who would harm his brothers."
Joseph was known by all as a family man and a strong Christian. When not working hard to provide for his family and serve his country, he enjoyed spending time with his wife and kids and playing his ukulele or guitar.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife Gayle and their four young children, Isaac, Annabelle, Judah, and Micah. He was the son of his proud and loving parents Terrence and Karen Murray, and brother, David and Grace. He loss is deeply grieved by his family, friends, and all those who fortunate enough to have know him. May he rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.
Celebration of Life
First Baptist Church
Thursday August 3rd, 2017
1985 Gum Branch Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540
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Rachel Stilwell lit a candle on Aug 8 2017 12:24:38 PM
I don't know what to say. My heart is breaking. Joe was a wonderful young man and his life was a great witness to all who knew him. I love each of you and am here for you. Joe watches over you now and is always with you. Thank you for raising such an awesome person and allowing us to get to know him. Your in my heart and prayers.
Submitted by Rachel Stilwell on Aug 8 2017 12:23:38 PM
To the family,
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. May the "God of all comfort" grant you peace at this difficult time and hope in the future resurrection of our loved ones. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4; Acts 24:15)
Submitted by Reader on Aug 5 2017 07:12:24 AM
With our deepest gratitude to Sgt. Murray for his ultimate service to the Corps and to our country, we extend our sympathy to his family and friends. His sacrifice is written into the history of our nation along with all who have gone before in the pursuit of freedom.
Southwest Missouri Unit #386
Marine Corps League Auxiliary, Springfield, MO
Submitted by Stark on Aug 4 2017 08:17:50 PM
Praying for Mrs. Murray and children. So sorry for the loss of a honorable man. Praying for peace only God can provide. He's with Jesus. And I'm sure he got a welcome home faithful servant.
Submitted by Audra OConnor on Aug 3 2017 10:34:20 AM
To the Murray family, I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Know that you have "the God of all comfort" ready to console and listen as you go through this difficult time. And may his promises for the future help you to endure as well.--2 Corinthians 1:4; Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 26:19
Submitted by Amanda on Aug 3 2017 08:44:33 AM
Please take comfort that your hero is in the presence of a loving Savior. Our prayers are for the family, friends and comrades that were left behind. The world would be a much brighter place if Mankind would strive to live a life full of love, honour and service as Joe chose to do. My family is praying for your family tonight. May God meet your every need and carry you through every season as you walk this new journey.
Submitted by Katrina Hosea on Aug 2 2017 11:42:09 PM
My condolences to the Murray family. Hope all can have comfort during such a difficult time. (Job 14:13-15)
Submitted by Robyn on Aug 2 2017 08:35:23 PM
May God be with this family.
Cpl Coty "Sock" Sockalosky mama & family
2010-2011 Deployment Marjah Afghanistan
Submitted by Carolyn Mosley Sockalosky Adsit on Aug 2 2017 04:53:17 PM
You were one of the finest man of God that I have ever known Joe. I am heartbroken that you are gone, but I rest at ease knowing that you are with our Heavenly Father now. I look forward to the day when we see each other again.
Submitted by Brent Burnett on Aug 2 2017 01:07:40 PM
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