Bedford B.E. Murphy

Services for Bedford "B.E." Murphy, 71 of Healdton will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday January 25, 2013 at Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Healdton, OK with Rev. David Daniel officiating. Burial will follow at 2:30 PM at Highland Cemetery in Stonewall, Ok.

Bedford was born February 12, 1941 in Ada, OK to Bedford F. and Montie Ines(Scott) Murphy he passed from this life on Monday January 21, 2013. Bedford was raised in Stonewall, Ok, moving to Rush Springs OK. In 1957 graduating in 1959. He enlisted in the US Army following graduation, serving 2 years at Fort Sill. He married Betty Anderson on December 24, 1961 in Rush Springs, making their home in Yukon for a while. Upon being discharged in 1962 he was employed with Western Electric in Okla. City until April of 1963 then he was employed with Continental Oil Company, transferring to Healdton, where he worked until retiring in 1993. After that he was employed by J.D. Lewis Construction, retiring in 2010 due to his health. Bedford played basketball throughout his years in school and enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. He had a great love for animals and surprised his children with several species. Betty referred to her house as the Healdton Zoo on several occasions. Bedford was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Preceding Bedford in death are his parents, 2 brothers John and Frank Murphy; a sister Shirley Ann (Murphy) Daniel and a nephew Kenton Lance Murphy.

He is survived by his wife Betty of the home, daughter Belynda and son-in-law Fred ll., Ardmore; son Bryce Murphy and daughter-in-law Stacey, Weatherford; daughter Betenia Murphy, Healdton; grandsons Austin Bridges, Ardmore; Colton Murphy, Weatherford; Granddaughter Tiffany Tayar, Edmond; great granddaughters Ava, Lilla and Afton Holden, Edmond and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Bryce Murphy, Toby Price, Fred Tayar ll, Mike Puckett, Chris Humphrey and Jim Hoggard. Honarary bearers will be Jim Lewis, Tom Worsham, Jerry Goodwin, Odis Blakemore, Waymon King, Jim Hill and Chad Puckett In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Healdton. Family will receive friends from 6 - 7:30 Thursday at the funeral home.

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