Donald Ray ‘Stretch’ Murphy

Mr. Donald Ray “Stretch” Murphy, 64, a resident of Dartmoor and more recently a resident of the Barbour County Good Samaritan Society, departed this life Saturday afternoon at the care facility. Death was following a period of declining health and complications from COVID-19.

Donald was born Aug. 11, 1956, in Fairmont, a son of the late Clifford Bliss and Louise Virginia McElfresh Murphy.

He is survived by one sister, Shirley Yoke of St. Albans; one brother, David Murphy and wife, Millie, of Rockville, Maryland. Three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two nephews and two nieces also survive.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Murphy, two step-children, Melissa Jean Tenney and Melanie Lynn Gordon; and one brother, Lawrence Bliss “Larry” Murphy.

He was a retired master electrician and a Navy veteran. He always had an inquiring mind, taking things apart at an early age and then assembling again. He enjoyed learning new things and the History Channel was a favorite.

He enjoyed exploring the many caves (spelunking) throughout West Virginia. He had a humorous nature and enjoyed a good joke.

At this time there will be no services and a celebration of life will be arranged at a future date. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

A private interment will be in the National Cemetery in Grafton on Wednesday.

The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. Donald Ray Murphy.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.talbottfuneralhome.com.