September 2, 1938 ~ September 13, 2003

Born in: Danbury, CT,
Resided in: Arden, NC

Arden ~ James Joseph Murphy, MD, 65, died Saturday, September 13, 2003, at the Asheville VA Medical Center, after a long illness. Dr. Murphy was a native of Danbury, CT, and was the son of the late James and Frances Kerr Murphy. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Setzler. Dr. Murphy, an Air Force veteran, served at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, MI. He was a graduate of St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, MD and Yale Medical School. He took his surgical training at St. Vincent Hospital in New York City and served his residency in Radiology at UNC-Chapel Hill, remaining on the staff and faculty at UNC. He served on staff at the Durham, NC VA Hospital in 1974 and also served on the faculty of Duke University. In 1977, he became Chief of Radiology at Asheville VA Medical Center, retiring in 1997. Dr. Murphy served as treasurer and was a member of the Board of WNC Friendship Force, traveling as ambassador to many countries and hosting many foreign guests. He was a member of St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Surviving is his wife of 40 years, Margaret "Peg" Schirmer Murphy; two daughters, Margaret Frances Murphy and partner, Lisa Goodlett of Atlanta, GA; Bridget Murphy Gutzmer and husband, Thomas of Richmond, VA; four sisters, Marilou Blaine of East Alstead, NH, Joan McGuire, Susan Carbone, Elizabeth Chmielewski, all of Danbury, CT; a brother, Dr. Frank Murphy of Stuart, FL; four grandchildren, Lauren and Logan Gutzmer, Colin and Camden Murphy and numerous nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 7:00 PM Thursday at St. Barnabas Catholic Church with the Rev. Roger Arnsparger officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parish hall. Memorials may be made to St. Barnabas Capital Campaign Fund, 109 Crescent Hill Dr., Arden, NC 28704 or to one's favorite charity. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. HAVING WORKED WITH JIM SINCE 1979 AT THE VA HOSPITAL I CAME TO LOVE AND ADMIRE HIM AND HIS WIFE PEG..JIM WAS A WONDERFUL DOCTOR AND A FRIEND TO ALL OF US. MY LOVE TO PEG AND FAMILY.

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  2. Dear Maggie: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure that, like myself, you and Jimmy changed through the years, but, the picture in the New Times was the face I knew and remembered. Thank you for sharing that one last time.
    Fran

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  3. Linda and I offer our condolences on Jim’s untimely passing and will remember him in our prayers. Aunt Evelyn Murphy (our neighbor)joins us also.

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  4. Margaret and family of Jimmy
    My name is John Barrett Jimmy and i were classmates at St. Josephs in Danbury, Jimmy was a person you could call your friend forever.He had great values and was a good guy. After graduation from St.Josephs Jimmy and I went our seperate ways but i always kept him in my heart. Our paths did cross several times at the lake (candlewood Knolls). I am sorry for your loss and wish thati could have known Jimmy in later years.
    John Barrett

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  5. Mrs. Murphy, Bridget, and Margaret,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace during this difficult time. Let us know if you need anything.

    Love, Steve and Shannon

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  6. Peg,Margaret,Lisa & Bridget:
    My prayers and love go out to you, this day. Your husb and father was a great guy and I will one day join you and him in a great reunion, in heaven. We were the first long-distance runners, in Danbury but he was the best. I will share his life and passing with all local friends. I loved his family. When in the neighborhood, call me (203)270-0581. Send me your tel.number & email. I will celebrate Eucharist for him w/ some friends.
    Love and prayers,
    Leo

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