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Clyde MurrayClyde Murray
Clyde Ernest Murray was born on June 8, 1942, in New Orleans, La. He was the fourth child born to Oliver D. Murray and Cleo D. (Johnson) Murray.
Clyde spent his formative years in Kansas City, Kan., growing up with his seven brothers and sisters, Charlene, Oliver Jr., Joyce, LaVert, Cynthia, Tomi, and Arthur. A brother, LeElec died in early infancy. Clyde attended Douglass Elementary, Northeast Junior and Sumner High School in Kansas City, Kan.
Clyde was baptized by the Rev. O. A. Crenshaw of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, and he enjoyed listening to sermons by the Rev. C.B. Bailey at Salem Baptist Church. As a child he also enjoyed attending church with Tenth Street neighbors and the Anderson family at Calvary Baptist Church.
Clyde was united in holy matrimony to Patsy (Lockhart) Murray and to this union two children were born, Clyde E. Murray, Jr. and Emmit Eugene Murray. After Clyde and Patsy were divorced he united with Willa “Pat” Hill and to this union two children were born, Andre Pierre Hill and Claudia Lorraine Hill. He also adopted Darthell Hill, Nathaniel Hill and Michael Harris through this union.
In his early years Clyde worked with his father and helped manage Murray and Sons Garage. He enjoyed customizing and cruising in his cars and built several early “lowriders” which were typical of young 10th Street and “Tenth and Everett boys”. He enjoyed cruising with the “cam twisters” and with his cousin Gerald Briley and the “Royal Coachmen.” He also enjoyed fishing and hanging out at the Big Eleven Lake.
Clyde worked as a construction laborer and retired from Laborers Local 1290 in 1994.
Clyde died during the early morning hours of May, 1, 2013, at the University of Kansas Hospital after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his son, Clyde E. Murray Jr. and his adopted son Nathaniel Hill; his parents, Oliver D. Murray and Cleo D. Murray and a brother, LeElec Murray.
Survivors include his children, Emmit Eugene Murray, Andre Pierre Hill and Claudia Lorraine Hill, of Kansas City, Kan.; his adopted sons Darthell Hill and Michael Harris; his brothers and sisters, Charlene Scroggins of Kansas City, Kan., Oliver D. Murray Jr., of Riverside, Calif., Joyce L. Cheatham, LaVert A. Murray (Linda), Cynthia V. Lattimore, Tomi J. Browning (Wayman) and Arthur K. Murray, all of Kansas City, Kan.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Highland Park Funeral Chapel at 4100 State Ave. on Friday, May 10. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m., with burial in Highland Park Cemetery.