Originally created 07/27/06

William Jennings Murphy (WALNUT CREEK, Calif.)



WALNUT CREEK, Calif.- Whether you knew him as Bill, Dad, or Papa, or if you were lucky enough to meet him, you knew he was a great person. On July 23, Bill "Papa" Murphy passed away in Walnut Creek, Calif. Born in 1946 in Augusta, Ga., Bill was the youngest of five children. After graduating high school, where he competed in many sports including basketball, he proudly served his country as part of the U.S. Navy. Before being honorably discharged, he met and married his wife, Marion Martorella in Monterrey, Calif. Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, Frank and Ruby, and two older brothers, Bob and Bub, all from Georgia. After the military, Bill started a 37 year career with the major utility company of the west coast, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG & E.) While at PG& E, he held many positions with the last being a claims investigator. Bill loved his job, but what he loved most was his family. Bill is survived by his two sisters fromGeorgia, Louise Gassoway and Peggy Powell; his loving wife of 39 years, Marion Murphy of Antioch, Calif.; his children, Tina and Gary Acosta of Concord, John and Jeannie Murphy of San Ramon; his five grandchildren, Veronica and Giovanni Acosta and Michael, Gianna and Nick Murphy. Bill was the type of person that always had a smile on his face. He had a passion for life and loved to be a part of his families activities whether he was reading the Augusta Chronicle everyday online to stay up on current events in his hometown, or finding ways to be a part of his children's and grandchildren's social lives. Bill's hobbies included tinkering around the house, where his latest project was building his 10 foot by 12 foot bar and entertainment center; sports of all kinds and bowling, where he most recently took 5th place honors in a seniors pro/am event. Bill had a deep respect for everyone and everything. He loved his community and life. He never had a bad thing to say about anything or anyone. He always accepted people for who they are and what they did. Bill may have been loved by many, but he is going to be missed by all. Visitation will be on Friday, July 28, 2006 from 4 to 8 p.m. with a vigil service at 7 p.m. at Pittsburg Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be on Saturday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m., also at Pittsburg Funeral Chapel. Pittsburg Funeral Chapel, 925-432-2114. Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle-July 27, 2006