Murphree, Evelyn Virginia


Feb. 16, 1922 - Jan. 27, 2004
Evelyn Murphree was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on February 16, 1922 to C.M. and Ada Thompson Murphree. When she was approximately three years old, the family returned to Alabama. A brother Gene joined the family before Evelyn’s sixth birthday. Evelyn graduated from Tuscaloosa High School and received an A.B. degree from the University of Alabama. During that time, she was exposed to the fact that there were full-time positions for women in the Methodist Church. She took graduate courses in social work and entered the state Department of Public Welfare.
She loved the work and began to feel called to full-time Christian service. Her pastor put her in touch with the personnel office of the Women’s Division. Alice Murdock was instrumental in guiding her through the appropriate steps. After two years at Scarritt College and a M.A. degree, Evelyn was commissioned a Deaconess on June 19, 1946. She later received a M.S.W. degree from Tulane University and became a certified social worker. Her years of service included seven years at Peek Home for Children, Polo, Illinois; twenty years at Methodist Home Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana; and Belle Chasse State School for the Developmentally Disabled.
Because of medical problems, Evelyn retired in 1986. She moved to Millington, Tennessee to be near her brother and his family. She joined the Brooks-Howell community on January 26, 1998. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist church in Ashville. Surviving are her brother Gene and a niece and nephew.

Mrs. T. Wayne

Source: 2005 Journal

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