Cumberland Times-News


January 31, 2012

George A. Murphy [Zihlman]

ZIHLMAN — George Arthur Murphy, of Zihlman, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 5, 1913, in Garrett County, he was the son of Charles Arthur Murphy and Corlista Belle (Groghan) Murphy, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Naomi (Aldridge) Murphy; one sister, Sarah P. Shanholtz; seven brothers, William, Samuel, Charles, John, Paul, Seth, and Clarence; and two nephews; Arthur and Warren Murphy. George is the last remaining member of his immediate family.

Surviving is a sister-in-law, Rose Weimer and husband Stanley, of Gettysburg, Pa.; a special person, Cheryl Shaffer, of Hyndman, Pa.; nieces and nephews, David Murphy and wife JoAnn, of Sandia, Texas, Carol Brown and husband Darryl, of Spring, Texas, Cindy Bartos and husband John, of Houston, Texas, Dennis Murphy and wife Katie, of Dallas, Texas, Donald Murphy, of Rochester Hills, Mich., Janet Brennan and husband Barry, of Reston, Va., Ronald Murphy and wife Shirley, of Wil-liamsport, Kenneth Murphy and wife Mary Jo, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Ralph Murphy and wife Harriett, of Midlothian, Donna Shockey and husband Paul, of LaVale, Twylah Stewart and husband Clyde, of Cresaptown, Corlista Crowe, of Frostburg, Lyla Holliday and husband Jack, of Cumberland, Vera Mullaney and husband Edward, of Cumberland, and Dorothy Sowers, of Somerset, Pa. Also surviving are kind and caring neighbors, Frances and Albert Ryan.

Mr. Murphy was retired from Casselman Motor Company and Billy Bender Chev-rolet, Grantsville. He served in World War II as a Corporal in the personnel section Headquarters Company 1st Bn 272nd Infantry, 69th Division with duty in the European Theater of Operations; Rhineland and Central Eur-ope Campaigns. He was awarded The Combat Infantry Badge, M-1 Rifle Sharpshooter, American Theater Service Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He is a member of Post 214 American Legion, Grants-ville, 69th Infantry Division Association. He owned and operated a dairy farm in Greenville Twp. Pa., was a member of Pennsylvania Far-mers Association and a Director of Southern States Cooperative, Grantsville, at which time he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Greenville Township School District and served as secretary to the Board.

He graduated from Grants-ville High School and Catherman’s Business School, Cumberland. He was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for thirty-one years on the honor roll as a Chevrolet Business Account Manager. He was a member of Potomac Lodge 100 AF & AM, Cumberland, for 74 years.

Family and friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Durst Funeral Home P.A., on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. George Harpold officiating.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Murphy, Ronald Murphy, Clyde Stewart, James Langan, Paul Shockey, Shawn Mullaney, and Dudley Holliday. Honorary pallbearers are Edward Mullaney, Jack Holliday, Barry Brennan, Donald Murphy, David Murphy, Dennis Murphy, Kenneth Murphy, Albert Ryan, and Paul Lohr.

Interment will be in The Garden of Honor, Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Wilmer Development Office, Wilmer 112, 600 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21287-9017.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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