John Alderson Murphy, Jr. of Huntington

John Alderson Murphy, Jr., 87, of Huntington went to be with the Lord on August 5, 2011 at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House. He was born March 7, 1924 at Mannington, WV, a son of the late John A. Murphy, Sr. and Roxie Toothman Murphy. He was preceded in death by his first wife Fern (Ferman) Murphy, and second wife Armilda (Daniels) Murphy, brother Tommy Murphy, son in law O.B. Stallard, Jr., grandson James Wallace Ferman and Jennifer (Ferman) Viohl. He is survived by stepsons Charles Clinton Ferman, Jack Walden Ferman, Timothy Daniels and stepdaughters Wanda (Ferman) Stallard and Janet Boothe, seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was a graduate of Fairmont State University with a Master’s Degree from West Virginia University. He was an educator for 55 years, having taught in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia. He was an inspiration to many young men while coaching at Buffalo (Wayne), Crum and Matewan High Schools at West Virginia. He was a faithful member and Sunday School teacher at Buffalo Valley Baptist Church. John was loved and will be missed by many people. Pallbearers will be former football players. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm Sunday at the Buffalo Valley Baptist Church by Pastor Tim Jayne and Pastor Pat Elliott. Burial will follow in Cyrus Cemetery, Wayne County, WV. Friends may call from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm Saturday at the Buffalo Valley Baptist Church. Mr. Murphy will be taken to the Church one hour before service time on Sunday. Reger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.timeformemory.com/reger.