Thomas Earl Murphree, 90, of Bruce, passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, surrounded by his family at his home. Born July 22, 1925 in the Old Town Community near Pittsboro, he was the son of the late Simm and the late Vangie Shields Murphree.
Thomas Earl was a boiler maker in Chicago for many years, He came back home from Chicago to farm, raising cattle and hogs. He was an avid gardener until his health prevented him from gardening. He was a member of Pittsboro First Baptist Church, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5571.
He served as a PFC in the Army from 1943 until 1945. He was a Veteran of World War II defending our country during the Battle of The Bulge, he recieved a Bronze Battle Star for his service. [Read more...]