In memory of Bud Murray, a great friend of and benefactor to the Florida Antique Tractor Club

imagePORT ORANGE, Fla. - Harry B. “Bud” Murray, 73, of East Liverpool, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, after taking ill at his home in Port Orange, Fla.

Born in New Cumberland on Jan. 25, 1937, he was a son of the late Harry Sheilds and Caryle E. Murray. A lifetime area resident, he attended the Glenmoor United Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Crystal Chapter 18 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of East Liverpool Lodge 681 F&AM and had been named Mason of the Year at one time. In addition, he belonged to the East Liverpool Shrine Club, the Al Koran Shrine and was a 32nd-degree member of the Steubenville Consistory.

At the age of 16, he began his life’s work in the trucking and transportation business when he sought employment at the East Liverpool Feed and Supply Co. There, he would haul coal in the winter, and in the summer, haul loads out of TK Roofing in Chester. He founded Murray Trucking at its original headquarters in Chester and later expanded the business to its present location on East Liverpool Road with other terminals located in New Martinsville, W.Va., Sheffield, Ohio, and Midland. Today, Murray Trucking encompasses other subsidiary companies including ACE Freight Lines, H&F Trucking in Newell and Murray Leasing.

The Murrays have always been active in both the American Trucking Association and the Ohio Valley Traffic Association, while supporting many local causes and charitable events. Bud also participated in area tractor pull competitions and received many awards. For many years, he served as a director on the Columbiana County Fair Board and at one time had been named the Hookstown Fair’s Volunteer of the Year.

His wife survives, Betty J. Roush Murray, whom he married Nov. 16, 1963. There is a daughter, Sherry Pease, and her husband William “Jum” Pease, of East Liverpool.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred Murray.

Friends may visit Sunday at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Vel Vais of the Glenmoor United Presbyterian Church will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Masonic Lodge services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday evening immediately followed by Eastern Star services.

Burial will follow at Columbiana County Memorial Park, after which family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Glenmoor United Presbyterian Church, 16410 state Route 267, East Liverpool.

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Orignially posted on the Review on March 6, 2010 and can be seen here.