Lucy Murphy, Casey County's oldest resident, dies at 110

November 02, 2004

LIBERTY - Casey County's oldest citizen - 110-year-old Lucy Jo Murphy - died Sunday at Liberty Care Center.

Miss Lucy, as she was known by friends, observed her 110th birthday May 30 with friends at the center where she had lived about a year.

Prior to that, she had lived most of her life on Memory Lane.

During an interview on her 104th birthday, Murphy said she liked to learn something new each day.

She also talked about her wedding day in 1913 when she married George Wesley "Doc" Murphy at her parents' house. After the wedding supper, friends began a shivaree at midnight that included gunfire which frightened her at first.

The Murphys had 11 children, four of whom are still living. Five of the sons served in the military. After one son, Kenneth, was killed in action in the Korean War, Murphy was named a Gold Star Mother and rarely missed a Memorial Day service.


Born May 27, 1894, in Casey County, she was the daughter of the late James and Lola Shelton Allen.

She was a homemaker, a member of Walnut Hill Separate Baptist Church, and the widow of George Wesley "Doc" Murphy.

Survivors include two daughters, Myrtle Harmon of Danville and Helena McDonald of Liberty; two sons, Edwin Murphy of Liberty and Sherman Murphy of Louisville; 21 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by seven children, Mattie, Sherwood, Kenneth, Fred, James, Claude and Irene.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut Hill Separate Baptist Church by Clifton Cowan and Joey Murphy. Burial will be in Murphy Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren.

Visitation is after 5 p.m. today at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

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