Ross Alan Murphy, 74, of Longview went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday, August 23, 2021.
He was born in Claremore, OK on July 25, 1947 to Edwin and Georgie Murphy. He graduated from Lindsay High School in 1965 and from Oklahoma State School of Technical Training in 1967. In 1966 he married his love of nearly 55 years, Barbara Stapleton Murphy.
Ross worked for Cities Service Company for many years, starting as an engineering draftsman before transitioning to machinery analyst. He then worked for Occidental Petroleum Corporation for a number of years before going to Ro-Cip Equipment Specialists. He traveled as a machinery analyst until leaving the workforce for good in 2007.
Ross enjoyed many hobbies and activities throughout his life. He absolutely loved camping in the San Juan Mountains; and especially Ouray, Colorado. He was active in his church, Macedonia Baptist Church, where he served on the teller team. He enjoyed ‘tinkering’ in his shop, building things for others or himself. He loved Cushman scooters, and both riding and re-building them. He had rebuilt numerous ones over the years, and he and Barbara had made a business from the hobby they shared together and loved. Ross was instrumental in the growth of the Texas Cushman Club, where he was a member for over 30 years. He also served as President of the Texas CC from 1992-1996, received their Founder’s Award in 1994, and served on the Board of Directors from 1998-2001. Ross also served as President of the Cushman Club of America from 2014-2016.
Those who knew him well will always remember him for his wit and humor. He was always good for a laugh or funny saying. He also was known for his positive attitude. Of significance to many were his daily morning Facebook posts, where he always encouraged everyone to take time to smell the roses.
Other than his robust size, one wouldn’t know Ross had a myriad of health problems. In 2020, he was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis which lead to a rapid decline of his health. Still, Ross remained determined to hold firm to his positive outlook on life. In spite of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, his diminished immune system could not fight off the virus.
Ross is survived by his wife Barbara and daughters Tracy Hicks and husband Robert Hicks, and Jackie Gregston and husband Steve Gregston. Also four grandchildren: Tyler Gregston and wife Alden Gregston, Tori Gregston, Kaleigh Gregston, Madison Hicks, and great grandchild Merritt Gregston. Ross also leaves behind a host of extended family and friends left to treasure their memories.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Macedonia Baptist Church in Longview, Texas.