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Celebrating the life of
Louis Murray "Murf" Smith
Passed away on April 06, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
912-898-0900
  • Visitation
  • 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 08, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Celebration of Life
  • 5:00 p.m. - Sunday, April 08, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Graveside Service
  • 11:00 a.m. - Monday, April 09, 2018
  • Oak Hill Cemetery
  • 1 First Street (Map)
    Meldrim, GA 31318

To the family of Mrs Smith my condolences to the family I am sorry for your loss. Death is never a easy thing to bear but Jehovah God promise a resurrection for all mankind , please read John 5:28,29 this scripture will give u hope and strength. For more information on what happens to our love ones go to JW.org again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

I am so very sorry for your loss, losing a loved one in death is very painful. Please remember that Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit. Ps.34:18,19. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father Jehovah return your dear one Louis to you. May you also find comfort in the wonderful memories you have during those difficult times.

S. Love, , Ga

To family of Mr.Smith my condolences to the family our God Jehovah promised mankind a resurection hope please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

My sincere condolences Yvonne. I knew Murray from Lees McRae he was such a big teddy bear. Prayers for you and your family thru this difficult journey. May the good Lord hold you and your family in his loving arms and bring you comfort.

Nita Phillips, Mint Hill, NC

God bless you Yvonne. Murray will be missed...deeply... by many!! But you know you will see him again.....He fought a great fight!! RIP Murray!!

Claire Jarrell, Savannah, Ga

My sincere condolences go out to the Smith family at this time. I worked with Murf for many years on the Savannah River front. we spent many happy hours together he was always a joy to be around. I have been gone from Savannah many years now but treasure the memories of working on the river. Murf is certainly one of the happy memories I have. Richard "Dickie" Grenville,

Richard Grenville, Kansas City, MO

Dear Yvonne and Family: We were sorry to hear of Murray's passing. We all loved him very much. Family reunions won't be the same without him. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all! Richard and Nadine Smith and Rachel and Ronald Beckworth

Family of Richard and Nadine Smith, Ellabell, GA

Murf, Now that the winds of time have called you home----to a far and distant shore where the rivers run free and fishing is quite plentiful...... Malin Head to the Midlands and the coastal plains arournd Glandore. Enjoy the new journey. See you at the Crossroads. egh

Gray Harold, Tybee Island, GA

Yvonne, You have my heartfelt sympathy. My prayers are with you and your family. I did not really know Murray but you and I worked together so long I have always felt that I knew your family also. My sincerest thoughts and prayers and love are with you at this sad time.

Elizabeth Bowers, Pooler, GA

I have known Murrray for many years, beginning with his years at Lees-McRae College. His sense of humor was amazing, and he was one of the most lovable people I have ever known. Love ya! I know he is already missed.

Grace Woody, Banner Elk, NC

Yvonne and family, Murray and I went to school together. I have great memories and will always remember his smiling face and vivacious personality. He always had something to say that would make me laugh and after being around him, I always felt happier. He was a super person and I am blessed to have known him. May God strengthen you and your family at this difficult time.

Brenda Clanton Salter, Savannah, GA

My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Yvonne and the family in this difficult time. God just gained another angel into the heavenly fold.

charles c grile, pooler, ga

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Murray was such a good and fun loving friend. He will surely be missed. Prayers and love to all the family. Billy Parrish and Family

William Parrish, savannah, ga

Family, Very sorry for your loss. My Dad, Roy S. Banks, Sr.. worked with Murray down on the "Docks" and spoke of him often. May Murray, Rest In The Eternal Peace of Our Lord. God Bless

Roy S. Banks, Jr., Flowery Branch, GA

May God give you and the family the comforting assurance during these days in your loss. God Bless you.... Psalms 23 Gerald & Shirley Norrington

Gerald Norrington, Orlando, Florida

My condolences to the family! I am sending prayers and thinking of you! I am so sorry for your loss.

Kim Kohlas, Medina, OH

We thank the Lord for the privilege of knowing Murray. He made you feel better just to be in His Presence. May God Bless the family.

Betty and Jurell Davis, Savannah, Ga.

Murray will always be remembered in a positive way to me because he was such a good caring person. His life is renewed in the kingdom of Heaven standing before the glory of GOD , so in time you will see him again. May GOD bless his family

Kenny Denmark, Savannah, Ga

Yvonne, Lindsey and Patrick, my heart and prayers go out to each of you. It's been a long battle, and Murf will be missed, but is now pain free. I love you all.

Marie Yaughn-Banderas , Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the family so sorry for your loss. Sickness an death will soon be done away with (Isa. 33;24, Isa. 25:8), an when those things are gone we won't have to worry about our loved ones getting sick am falling asleep in death. That definitely will be a joyous time for all of us.

Kay F, Savannah, GA

Don't you know there was a party in Heaven when Murray got there! My Daddy was certainly pushing everyone out of the way to get to him First! He Loved Murray BEST! As Did I! We had Something Super Special and I'm so Blessed we shared so many fun times together! I will Forever miss his laughter, fast wit, Love and Kindness. I don't know who will call me "Hot Pants" and mean it, that makes me cry! I Love You all and feel So Lucky to have you as my Family.

Jan Brantley, ,

Murray was a mentor and a friend and one of the funniest guys you will ever know. He was one of the best of men - as it has been said, "the good die young."

Billy, Sharon and Caroline Downs, Savannah, GA

You will be dearly missed by our family. I often think of our time here in St.Marks fishing. I thank you and Yvoone for loving and caring for our family so much. Will miss you cous.

Little Murray Stokes, Saint Marks , Florida

I'm so so sorry to hear that my best friend is gone, Murray was 1 of the best brothers we had on the river. He was witty and 1 wild and crazy guy. He will be missed deeply. Yvonne, you should be sooo proud to have had him in your life... Love to all, sleepy

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Murray was one of a kind and will be missed by so many! My heartfelt condolences to the family. Murray is at peace now. May God wrap his loving arms around his family and hold them tight in the coming days! Love to all!

Becky & Pat Shea, Rincon, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Just wanted to say how sorry we are sweetie.. But grateful Murray is at peace.. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers... God Bless..

Earl and Trish McClure, Jacksonville, FL.

Yvonne, we can't express in words how much Murray will be missed. He was much more than a friend. We loved him and will miss him always. Jimmy and Janice Whited

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Yvonne, i am so sorry for your loss. Murray was such a fun person and I hope you are comforted knowing that he is pain free and at peace. He will be missed.

Donna Anderson Smith, Tybee Island, GA

Louis Murray “Murf” Smith, 64, passed away, April 6, 2018 at his home surrounded by his wife and children, after a long illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Savannah, GA.  Murray was born October 6, 1953 to the late Mary and Edward Smith.  He is preceded in death by his brothers, Edward (Coby) and Randy Smith.

He was a 1972 graduate of Savannah High School.  After high school, he went to Fork Union Military School in Virginia, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, excelling in baseball, football and running track while at these schools.  He came home to Savannah and continued his education at Armstrong State College.

He worked with the Chatham County Sheriff’s office while attending Armstrong.  He was a member of International Longshoremen’s Association, Local #1475, retiring after 35 years. He was active in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, President of the Talahi Island Community Club and Dock Club.  He enjoyed fishing and Notre Dame Football.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Dixon Smith; children, Lindsay (Michael) Sapp, Patrick Murray Smith (Melissa); sister-in-law, Terri (Roger) East; brother-in-law, David (Kim) Dixon; sister-in-law, Cree Smith; brother, Joe (Pam) Connor.  He is also survived by aunts, Patty Perkins and Sue Stokes.  He leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will miss his love and laughter.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life Service at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.  Graveside service on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Meldrim, GA.

Pallbearers are David Dixon, Joe Connor, Doug Welch, Jack Norris, Tommy Tillman, Ronnie Andrews and John Hosey.  Honorary pallbearers, ILA #1475.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd. St., New York, NY 10016 or www.kidney.org or the THA Group’s Island Hospice, 3 W. Perry St., Savannah, GA 31401.

We want to thank Dr. Brown and his medical staff, Suncrest Rehabilitation for the care they gave to Murray during his long illness.

 

 

 

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To the family of Mrs Smith my condolences to the family I am sorry for your loss. Death is never a easy thing to bear but Jehovah God promise a resurrection for all mankind , please read John 5:28,29 this scripture will give u hope and strength. For more information on what happens to our love ones go to JW.org again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

I am so very sorry for your loss, losing a loved one in death is very painful. Please remember that Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those who are crushed in spirit. Ps.34:18,19. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father Jehovah return your dear one Louis to you. May you also find comfort in the wonderful memories you have during those difficult times.

S. Love, , Ga

To family of Mr.Smith my condolences to the family our God Jehovah promised mankind a resurection hope please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

My sincere condolences Yvonne. I knew Murray from Lees McRae he was such a big teddy bear. Prayers for you and your family thru this difficult journey. May the good Lord hold you and your family in his loving arms and bring you comfort.

Nita Phillips, Mint Hill, NC

God bless you Yvonne. Murray will be missed...deeply... by many!! But you know you will see him again.....He fought a great fight!! RIP Murray!!

Claire Jarrell, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Mark Zachary — Colorado

My sincere condolences go out to the Smith family at this time. I worked with Murf for many years on the Savannah River front. we spent many happy hours together he was always a joy to be around. I have been gone from Savannah many years now but treasure the memories of working on the river. Murf is certainly one of the happy memories I have. Richard "Dickie" Grenville,

Richard Grenville, Kansas City, MO

Dear Yvonne and Family: We were sorry to hear of Murray's passing. We all loved him very much. Family reunions won't be the same without him. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all! Richard and Nadine Smith and Rachel and Ronald Beckworth

Family of Richard and Nadine Smith, Ellabell, GA

Murf, Now that the winds of time have called you home----to a far and distant shore where the rivers run free and fishing is quite plentiful...... Malin Head to the Midlands and the coastal plains arournd Glandore. Enjoy the new journey. See you at the Crossroads. egh

Gray Harold, Tybee Island, GA

Candle tribute lit by Lysa Dixon. Savannah — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Patricia Perkins — Massachusetts

Candle tribute lit by Lacey Parr — Georgia

Yvonne, You have my heartfelt sympathy. My prayers are with you and your family. I did not really know Murray but you and I worked together so long I have always felt that I knew your family also. My sincerest thoughts and prayers and love are with you at this sad time.

Elizabeth Bowers, Pooler, GA

Candle tribute lit by Steve Gann (LMC) — South Carolina

I have known Murrray for many years, beginning with his years at Lees-McRae College. His sense of humor was amazing, and he was one of the most lovable people I have ever known. Love ya! I know he is already missed.

Grace Woody, Banner Elk, NC

Candle tribute lit by Grace Woody — North Carolina

Yvonne and family, Murray and I went to school together. I have great memories and will always remember his smiling face and vivacious personality. He always had something to say that would make me laugh and after being around him, I always felt happier. He was a super person and I am blessed to have known him. May God strengthen you and your family at this difficult time.

Brenda Clanton Salter, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Marty and Bobbie Marmolejo — Georgia

My sincerest thoughts and prayers are with Yvonne and the family in this difficult time. God just gained another angel into the heavenly fold.

charles c grile, pooler, ga

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Murray was such a good and fun loving friend. He will surely be missed. Prayers and love to all the family. Billy Parrish and Family

William Parrish, savannah, ga

Family, Very sorry for your loss. My Dad, Roy S. Banks, Sr.. worked with Murray down on the "Docks" and spoke of him often. May Murray, Rest In The Eternal Peace of Our Lord. God Bless

Roy S. Banks, Jr., Flowery Branch, GA

May God give you and the family the comforting assurance during these days in your loss. God Bless you.... Psalms 23 Gerald & Shirley Norrington

Gerald Norrington, Orlando, Florida

My condolences to the family! I am sending prayers and thinking of you! I am so sorry for your loss.

Kim Kohlas, Medina, OH

We thank the Lord for the privilege of knowing Murray. He made you feel better just to be in His Presence. May God Bless the family.

Betty and Jurell Davis, Savannah, Ga.

Murray will always be remembered in a positive way to me because he was such a good caring person. His life is renewed in the kingdom of Heaven standing before the glory of GOD , so in time you will see him again. May GOD bless his family

Kenny Denmark, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Kate and Charles Rountree — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Jeannette Pickell — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Caroline and Don Lindner — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Michael & Diane Roush — Texas

Candle tribute lit by Fred and Ann Kessler — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Glenn M. Jackson Sr. — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Nita Daniels Roughen — Georgia

Yvonne, Lindsey and Patrick, my heart and prayers go out to each of you. It's been a long battle, and Murf will be missed, but is now pain free. I love you all.

Marie Yaughn-Banderas , Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the family so sorry for your loss. Sickness an death will soon be done away with (Isa. 33;24, Isa. 25:8), an when those things are gone we won't have to worry about our loved ones getting sick am falling asleep in death. That definitely will be a joyous time for all of us.

Kay F, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Gerri Adams — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Madeline Stanford — Georgia

Don't you know there was a party in Heaven when Murray got there! My Daddy was certainly pushing everyone out of the way to get to him First! He Loved Murray BEST! As Did I! We had Something Super Special and I'm so Blessed we shared so many fun times together! I will Forever miss his laughter, fast wit, Love and Kindness. I don't know who will call me "Hot Pants" and mean it, that makes me cry! I Love You all and feel So Lucky to have you as my Family.

Jan Brantley, ,

Candle tribute lit by Danny Mote — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Wendy Boone, Nurse Suncrest — Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Wendy Boone, Nurse Suncrest — Georgia

Murray was a mentor and a friend and one of the funniest guys you will ever know. He was one of the best of men - as it has been said, "the good die young."

Billy, Sharon and Caroline Downs, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Billy and Sharon Downs — Georgia

You will be dearly missed by our family. I often think of our time here in St.Marks fishing. I thank you and Yvoone for loving and caring for our family so much. Will miss you cous.

Little Murray Stokes, Saint Marks , Florida

Candle tribute lit by Kim Putnam — Georgia

I'm so so sorry to hear that my best friend is gone, Murray was 1 of the best brothers we had on the river. He was witty and 1 wild and crazy guy. He will be missed deeply. Yvonne, you should be sooo proud to have had him in your life... Love to all, sleepy

, ,

Murray was one of a kind and will be missed by so many! My heartfelt condolences to the family. Murray is at peace now. May God wrap his loving arms around his family and hold them tight in the coming days! Love to all!

Becky & Pat Shea, Rincon, GA

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw. org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

Just wanted to say how sorry we are sweetie.. But grateful Murray is at peace.. You and the family are in our thoughts and prayers... God Bless..

Earl and Trish McClure, Jacksonville, FL.

Yvonne, we can't express in words how much Murray will be missed. He was much more than a friend. We loved him and will miss him always. Jimmy and Janice Whited

, ,

Candle tribute lit by Jimmy and Janice Whited — Georgia

Yvonne, i am so sorry for your loss. Murray was such a fun person and I hope you are comforted knowing that he is pain free and at peace. He will be missed.

Donna Anderson Smith, Tybee Island, GA


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