Clarence Murphy


Clarence Lee Murphy, 58, of Cherokee, N.C., passed away at Memorial Campus of Mission Hospital on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, following a brief illness.

He was the son of the late Lawrence A. Murphy and Mary E. Roberts Murphy.

Clarence, who was a heavy equipment operator by trade, took great pride in working for our community for more than 30 years at Tribal Construction. Serving the people of Cherokee was a passion. He was over the Birdtown Free Labor and The Birdtown Graveyard.

Clarence was very involved in the stomp dance grounds. He loved his family, friends, community and God. Fishing and going to the lake was his favorite hobby. Clarence always had a joke to tell. He is loved by many.

Surviving are his wife, Selena D. Murphy; daughters, Jamaca (Estfan), Kelly (Eric), Chelsea (Jerm), Brianna (Byron), Audrey, Brandy (Miguel) and Angela; brothers, Carl (Sandra) Murphy, Archie Murphy and Doug Murphy of Maggie Valley; sisters, Wanda Murphy, Bev (Dennis) Smith and Patrica Hornbuckle of Marion, N.C.; and special friend Albert Rose of Cherokee.

He was preceded in death by son, Jess McCoy; brothers, Thomas Murphy, John Murphy and Bill Owle; sister, Ruby Murphy.

Family received friends at The Birdtown Community Building from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, with the funeral service starting at 2 p.m. with Pastor Michael Watson officiating.

An immediate burial followed the funeral in the Murphy Family Cemetery on Old #4 Road, Cherokee, N.C., with pallbearers being among family and friends.

Long House Funeral Home assisted the family with final arrangements.