John Austin Murphy
John Austin Murphy
  • July 22, 1923 - March 25, 2017
  • Rising Fawn, Georgia

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John Austin Murphy, age 93, of Rising Fawn, Georgia died Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Trenton, Georiga.

He was a gunner and Staff Sargent with the Air Force during WWII in the European Theatre. He flew 30 combat missions in both the B17 and B24 planes. He received four Bronze Medals, four Oak Leaf Medals an EAME Ribbon, and Air Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.

He was the girl's and women's softball coach as well as the boy's baseball coach for 40 years.

He was a member of the Trenton Methodist Church and served as the Sunday School Superintendent and was a Sunday School teacher for many years at Byrd's Chapel Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonnie Austin Murphy and John W. Murphy; two brothers, Jim and Pat Murphy; and a son, Joe Murphy.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Corene Hannah Murphy; brother, Jack (Mary) Murphy; daughters, Kay (John) Allan, Amy Westley, and Anne (David) Warlick; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

We would like to thank the staff at Dade Health and Rehab for all their love and care.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Deer Head Cove Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Crider presiding. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Post 106 of Trenton, Georgia.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.