Harold “Possum” D. Murphy


(August 29, 1951 – March 4, 2021)

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Harold D. Murphy, Jr., born August 29, 1951 in Artesia, New Mexico to parents Harold and Ruth (Pergeson) Murphy, passed away in Carlton, Texas on March 4, 2021 at age 69.

Harold, better known as “Possum”, was the owner and operator of the family business, Murphy’s Wrecker Service, for over 30 years. Possum served his community as a volunteer Fire Chief for more than 25 years, and was also a volunteer EMS driver in the 90’s. Helping others and saving lives were the greatest accomplishments of his career. Possum lived in the Carlton community where he attended grade school as a child, then went on to attend and graduate from Hico High School. In his spare time, Possum enjoyed horses and his cattle. As a devoted family man, Possum always spared the best of his time for his grandkids and great grandkids.
Preceding Possum in death were his parents, his daughter Kristi Murphy, and his sister Mary Martha.

Possum is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Nelda, and by his daughter, Kim and her husband Scott.

Also surviving are his granddaughters: Amanda and husband Kirk, Alicia and husband Derek, and Samantha; along with his great-grandchildren: Aiden, Emma, Daniel, Tessa, Hailea, and Ryleigh.

Surviving siblings include Caroline, Jack and wife Mary, Billy and wife Loretta, Janelle, Mae, and Nita.

A host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Service information

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in the Murphy Cemetery in Carlton, with Pastor James Clifton officiating.

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