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Irene Murray

June 24, 1926 — February 27, 2016

Ellen Irene was born June 24, 1926 in Cleveland, Tennessee to Charles S. and Jewel McLain Moreland.

 For all of her life she was a resident of the Prospect community where she was a member of the New Prospect Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  In later years she attended First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cleveland.

 Irene graduated from Bradley County High School in 1943 and began her first paying job at American Uniform Factory.  Later she began a career at Parks-Belk and continued working there until her retirement.

In 1947, she and Carl Murray married.  They were married for 62 years at the time of his death in 2009.

 Irene was a talented seamstress and kept Becky, Kathy and later Jacquelyn in beautiful hand-made clothes.  She also enjoyed making quilts.


She was preceded in death by her parents and step-mother, Ira Lawson Moreland; Sisters: Katharine, Virginia, Christine, Geraldine, Jean and Reba.


Survivors include daughters Rebecca and husband Paul Woosley of Murfreesboro, TN and Kathy and husband Jeff Morelock of Cleveland.

 Other survivors include three grandchildren: Jacquelyn Ayers, Davis (Ashlan) Morelock and Kate (Jeremy) Kerley; six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jackson Ayers, Emma Ann and Jefferson Morelock and Lillie and Hayes Kerley.  And very special sister-in-law, neighbor and friend, Sherry Murray.

 Visitation will be held at Grissom-Serenity Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on March 3, 2016 service to follow in the chapel.

 Interment will be on Friday, in the Murray Cemetery in the Prospect Community at 11:00 a.m.

 Pallbearers are Jeff and Davis Morelock, Paul Woosley and Jackson Ayers, Jeremy Kerley and Bucky Bancroft, Jim and Brian Swafford and Garry Murray.

 The family requests memorials be made to the Carl and Irene Murray Scholarship Fund at Cleveland State Community College, PO Box 3570, Cleveland, TN  37320.

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