James Bryson Murphy, Jr., 84, fo Columbia, died peacefully on November 25, 2016. Born June 16, 1932 in Columbia, he was the son of the late James Bryson and Katherine Zemp Murphy. Following a private burial at Elmwood Cemetery, a memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends in Satterlee Hall following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. A member of The Citadel Class of 1954, Jim was a Distinguished Military Graduate, and remained active in the college, serving as a director and trustee in the Association of Citadel Men, and a past president of the Greater Columbia Citadel Club. Following a tour of duty in the United States Army, he worked with Kimbrell’s Furniture Company. In 1961, he joined South Carolina National Bank (now Wells Fargo) where he eventually served as senior vice president and corporate secretary, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. During his banking career, he graduated from the School of Banking at LSU and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was an officer and board member of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries, Southeastern Group. Always active in the Columbia community, Jim served as vice president of development and was a member of the board of directors for the Columbia Museum of Art, and was chairman of the Columbia Museum Art Commission. He served as a member of the board of the USC School of Medicine Partnership, and was president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the Columbia Sertoma Club, University Associates, and the Association of the United States Army (Fort Jackson Chapter). Jim was a trustee of the Richland County Public Library. He served on the Board of Visitors at both Columbia College and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. He also served as a director of the Columbia Historic Foundation, the Carolina Children’s Home, the United Way of the Midlands, and the Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community. A lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Jim served on the vestry as a junior warden, senior warden, and as president of Trinity Foundation. He served on the Board of Visitors of the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, N.C. Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marian Myers Murphy, and their sons, James Bryson Murphy III of West Palm Beach, FL and Harry Myers Murphy (Margaret) of Columbia. He was a proud grandfather to Mary McEwen Murphy, Katherine Madden Murphy, David Whitlock Rhodes, Harry Myers Murphy, Jr., Capers Elliott Murphy, and step-grandson Henry James Unger. His beloved nieces and nephews are Katherine W. Mahon (John), Patricia W. Boykin (Rigdon), Elizabeth M. Williams, Gustaf M. Gudmundson, Jr. (JoLee), and Arthur W. Gudmundson (Marlow). In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his sisters, Katherine Murphy Williams and Elizabeth Murphy Gudmundson both of Columbia; and his daughter Louise Murphy Rhodes of Knoxville, TN. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Foundation, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201; the Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409; or to the charity of one’s choice. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
Posted in: The State
Posted on: 2016-11-28
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