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“Dear Brad and Gerald, We were so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. You are in our prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Lisenbee Family - Mars Hill, NC

“Beautiful service today. She would have been proud. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: sheri henson - Canton, NC

“So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Kenneth & Melody McMahan - Canton, NC

“I remember the times when we would go to Chinquapin and see Clarence and Berlyn. At the time I didn’t realize she had helped so many children....Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Phillip Thomason - Canton, NC

“Berlyn was a wonderful lady that I will always remember. She was such an inspiration to me for many years. I have alot of wonderful memories that I...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Dixon-Owen - Waynesville, NC

“Brad and Gerald Just wanted to let you know we're sorry to hear about your mom. Love and Prayers ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Ruby & Robbie Bullman - NC

“Berlyn is at peace now. She lived a good life and was an example of how to be a Christian to all who knew her. I know she has a special place in...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Juanita Dixon - Canton, NC

“Lucy and I send our deepest condolences to Berlyn's family on their loss. She will be missed. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Bob and Lucy Gibson - Canton, NC

“GERALD,BRAD AND FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE. BERLIE, AS I CALLED HER, WAS A WONDERFUL LADY. SHE LOVED KIDS AND SHE LOVED YOU GUYS SO MUCH. SHE HAD...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: sheri henson - Canton, NC

“We are both so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this time of sorrow. ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: Robert & Lucy Gibson - Cruso, NC

“I am so sorry for the loss of a loved one. I pray for Gods' peace upon your family. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Tim Cagle - Waynesville, NC

“This was my Mom, the greatest person I have ever known, very loving forgiving, and caring. Always thinking of others before herself. This woman was a...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Brad Phillips - Canton, NC

“Brad & family - I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was a very sweet lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Kim Grooms-Hoyle (Movie Gallery) - NC

“Murray Family, We are saddened to hear of the passing of Berlyn. Your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Robby Burnette - Canton, NC

“We will miss aunt Berlyn's smile and laughter. She left behind two wonderful sons..Denny and Gerald. God bless you both. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: Teresa Blythe - Canton, NC

“So Sorry Denny and family for the loss of your Mother.May God comfort you all. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Raanel Evans - CLYDE, NC


Canton, Berlyn Cogburn Murray, age 86, of Chinquapin Road, passed away on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Smoky Mountain Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. A native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Lee and Beulah Mae Chambers Cogburn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Murray, who died in 1985, and a sister, Evelyn Cogburn. Berlyn was employed at Dixon's Little Boy Drive-in for fifteen years and later worked for seven years at the Waynesville Towers. She was a foster parent for 135 children and enjoyed crocheting, gardening, working puzzles, and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves. She was a member of Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday-School teacher and class treasurer. She is survived by one daughter, Brenda W. Edwards and her husband, Harry, of Waynesville; three sons, Dennie Murray and his wife, Betty, of Lake Chatuge, Gerald Murray and Brad Phillips, both of Canton; two brothers, Pete Cogburn and Hubert "Tootsie" of Canton; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at Pisgah Freewill Baptist Church with Reverend Jake Cagle, Reverend Jeff Heatherly, and Reverend Jimmy Moore officiating. Burial will follow at New Cruso Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville.

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