Paul Carlton McMurray died peacefully at home on Thursday, April 18, 2013. He was born on July 8, 1931 in Polk County, NC to the late Dennis and Ollie McMurray. He attended Spartanburg Methodist College for a year and a half before entering the Navy where he served four years during the Korean War. Afterward, Paul received degrees in Business Administration and in Law from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduating in 1959. He was a member of the NC State Bar for fifty years and had a long career with Allstate Insurance Company as a claims manager. Paul was a longtime member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and serving on the Administrative Board and Staff Parish committees. He also served as President of the United Methodist Men and was an active member of the Cokesbury Sunday School class. During retirement, Paul volunteered with the Charlotte Community Food Rescue, and enjoyed reading, gardening, and travel. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-six years, JoAnn Nash McMurray, and children Sharon (Jeff) Jarman, Mitch (Kim) McMurray, Paula Simpson, and Sara (Steve) Osborne. His beloved grandchildren are Justin, Jeffrey, Jaden, and Josh (Stephanie) Jarman, Megan and Blake McMurray, Hunter and Madison Simpson, and Bailey and Kendall Osborne. In addition, a great-grandchild is Kara Jarman. Paul was preceded in death by his sisters, Ernestine McMurray and Maude Parris, and by his brother, Clifton McMurray.
A memorial service to celebrate Paul's life will be held at 11:00a.m. Monday, April 22, 2013, at Hickory Grove United Methodist Church. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to the service. The family will receive friends during this time as well as immediately following the service in the church parlor. Burial will follow at Kistler's Chapel UMC 3060 Poors Ford Rd. Rutherfordton, NC 28139. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hickory Grove United Methodist Church, 6401 Hickory Grove Road, Charlotte, NC 28215 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Charlotte, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. Arrangements are in the care of McEwen Mint Hill Chapel www.mcewenminthillchapel.com