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“Dr. Murdock was a fine example of a wonderful human building. He was a kind, caring person and I will miss him, but never forget his smiling face...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Nancy Fox - Madison, WI

“Just learned this afternoon that "Tommy" had died when received Obituary from my brother in Mayfield.Such a shock for Becky and me. He was never John...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: LOUIE and BECKY BOYD - Bogart, GA

“Love and sympathy to the Murdock Family.When we were youngsters, we lived in the Lynn Grove neighborhood and went to school there. We both had...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Alton Hughes - Mt Jackson, VA

“I was so very sorry to hear of John's passing. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Harris Pursifull - OH

“So sorry for your loss he is a wonderful man. Prayers for u all. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Tonia Kelly - Kirksey, KY

“Ricky, My sincere condolence to y'all and the family. Your dad was a fine person, and will be missed by many. My love and prayers to you and your...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Pattie Crider - Mayfield, KY

“Rick and Family, I respected and appreciated all that John did for our church, the community, and the world thru missions. John was a special person...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jim McCrory - Benton, KY

“Zann and I express our sincere sympathy to John's family. When John and my late brother, Dr. Rex E. Ray, were working with the U. S. Aid to...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Lexie B. Ray - Murray, KY

“RickSo very sorry to hear about your dad. I have heard wonderful things about him. We are presently in Colorado so I won't be able to come to the...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Cindy Grubbs - Murray

“John was a well-respected member of the community who served his church and helped his friends. He will be greatly missed. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Barbara Elliott


Dr. John Thomas Murdock, 86, of Murray, Kentucky died at his home on Friday, August 29, 2014.
He was born on November 21, 1927 in Calloway County Kentucky to the late Philip and Beuton Mayfield Murdock. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Sue Workman Murdock, brother, Phillip Howard Murdock.
Dr. Murdock was a professor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked in International Agriculture development, primarily working in Brazil and Indonesia. He earned a Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and Honorary Doctorates from the Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia, and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Dr. Murdock also served in the United States Army Signal Corp during WWII, and was a member, Sunday school teacher, and former Elder with the University Church of Christ.
He is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Sue Hardjakusumah, and husband Harry of Bogor, Indonesia, two sons, Rick Murdock and wife Stacy, of Murray, and Larry Murdock of Berkley, California, one sister, Shirley Shackleford, of Benton, Kentucky, two brothers, Billy Murdock and wife Jean, and Gerald Murdock and wife Martha, both of Murray, special friend, Earleen Doran of Murray, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, brother in law, Bobby Z. Workman, and sister in law, Jo Burkeen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the University Church of Christ; burial will follow in the Murray Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. at the University Church of Christ, and Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until funeral services begin. Officiating will be Charley Bazzell, Richard Youngblood, Rick Murdock and his children, Tera Rica, Calla (husband Jason) and Jacqlyn, Larry Murdock, and his sons Jaimie, Jesse and Justin.
Expressions of sympathy may go to; University Church of Christ Mission Fund, 801 North 12th Street, Murray, Kentucky, 42071.
Online condolences can be left at www.thejhchurchillfuneralhome.com