Sara Purser (DECATUR, Ga.)

DECATUR, Ga. - Sara K. Fridy Murray Purser was born July 19, 1922 in Spartanburg, S.C. to Julia Hardin Fridy and Wofford Carlisle Fridy. She died in hospice care in Decatur, Georgia on September 29, 2008. She graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1939 and Columbia College in 1943. She married the Rev. John V. Murray August 30, 1947, and they shared their love for one another until his death on Jan. 9, 1993. She married David Ingram Purser on June 10, 1995 and he survives her. Her children are Vince (son) and Donna Murray of Augusta, Georgia; Peter (son) and Mary Cathryn Murray of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Julie (daughter) and Thomas Rice of Decatur, Georgia. Her two grandchildren are Nathaniel and Adam Murray and her two step-children are David Purser IV and Sally Goodman. Her surviving siblings are Marinelle Peery and James (Buddy) Fridy and her brother Carlisle Fridy predeceased her. She was a long-time member of Bethel United Methodist Church and since moving three years ago to Decatur has been a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church. She taught school for many years at Woodland Heights Elementary School. She was a warm, generous, nurturing wife, mother, sister, and friend, and avidly grew roses. Even in her declining years, she touched people's lives. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to the John and Sara Murray Scholarship Fund at Spartanburg Methodist College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 100 Powell Mill Road, Spartanburg, SC 29301-5899. A memorial service is scheduled at Bethel United Methodist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2008. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-October 1, 2008