Mayor Maurice Murray Dies
Maurice "Chip" Elwood Murray, 82, of 306 S. Second
St., Woodsboro, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Washington Hospital
He was the husband of Maxine Trout Murray. They were married
for 60 years.
Born Nov. 24, 1920, in Brunswick, he was the son of the late
Luther F. Murray Sr. and Vera Kline Murray Smith.
Mr. Murray graduated from Frederick High School in 1939.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, seeing action in Guam
during World War II.
In 1950, he operated Murray's grocery store and in 1960 he
worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement as
postmaster of Woodsboro in 1984.
He was instrumental in obtaining the ground for the Woodsboro
Community Park. Mr. Murray served as a commissioner for
several terms and was mayor of Woodsboro for two terms.
He was an active member of Woodsboro Evangelical Lutheran
Church, serving in many capacities. He was a charter member,
former commander and life member of the Glenn W. Eyler
American Legion Post of Woodsboro. He was one of the
organizers of the Woodsboro Medical Center and served as
president from 1997 to 1999.
Mr. Murray was a member of Elks Lodge 684 of Frederick, Acacia
Lodge AF&AM of Thurmont, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Frederick
Forest 132, the 40&8 Lodge 155 of Frederick, and Woodsboro
He was active at Glade Valley Golf Club, where he was made a
life member and volunteered as a starter for several years.
He received the Woodsboro Sertoma Club "Service to
Mankind" Award in 1982.
He enjoyed golf, tennis, playing cards and spending time with
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Pamela
Broka and husband Sherman of Alexandria, Va., and Peggy
Esworthy and husband Ed of Walkersville; two sons, Richard E.
Murray and wife Michelle of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and
William H. Murray and wife Diane of Crofton; nine
grandchildren, Tripp Macdonald, Derek and Danielle Broka, Eddy
and Sara Esworthy, Michael and Matthew Murray, Kayd and Mikie
He was preceded in death by one brother, Luther F. Murray Jr.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9
p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Hartzler Funeral Home, 404 S. Main
St., Woodsboro, where the Glenn W. Eyler American Legion Post
will conduct a memorial service at 8:45 p.m.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, at
Woodsboro Evangelical Lutheran Church, Main Street, with the
Rev. Dorothy Lundgren, his pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Woodsboro.
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