Levi William Murray, 93 of Queen Annes, departed this life on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at the Pines Genesis Healthcare in Easton, Maryland.
Born February 17, 1923, son of the late Linnie Satterfield Murray and Herman True Murray. Levi attended school in the Caroline County area. He was united in marriage to Marjorie Groce. From that union three children were born William L. Murray Jr., Robert Murray and Joyce Green. Later he married Mary Jacobs. From that union a son was born, Weldon Murray. Levi gained four stepchildren, William Jacobs, Helen Baker, Joyce Byris and Sharon Harris.
Bear Cat, as he was affectionately called by many in the Queen Annes area, was a kind hearted person who was always ready to give a helping hand when needed. He was known as the handyman.
He loved listening to his favorite gospel music. When he was able he would attend singing programs in the area and he would clap his hand while doing his famous spiritual rock and stomping his feet to the spirit. Even Friday before his sunset on Sunday, he was clapping his hands to Lee Williams “Cooling Water.
Levi worked several jobs. His most memorable job was Wright’s Construction Co. where he was a heavy equipment operator and he spoke of that often driving his bulldozer everyday. Even at the Pines he was still driving and was so glad when a visitor came in so he could get a break. He would say they been working me all day.
Levi is survived by two sons, William L. Murray Jr. (Leona), Easton, MD and Robert Murray (Ridgely, MD); one daughter, Joyce Green (Wilmington, DE); step children, William “Sonny” Jacobs (Easton, MD) and Joyce Byris (Starr, MD), Thomas Bailey (Cambridge, MD); brothers, Samuel Murray (Lillian) and Joseph Murray; an adopted son, Thomas Bailey (Cambridge, MD); 30 grandchildren; 63 great grandchildren; 46 great great grandchildren; one sister in-law, Vernetta Murray (Wye Mills, MD)
Levi was preceded in death by his wives, Marjorie Groce Murray and Mary Jacobs Murray, sons, Weldon Murray, adopted son, Purnell Bailey and step daughters, Helen Baker and Sharon Harris, brothers, Harry Hutchins, Alex Hutchins, Calvin Hutchins, Thomas Grove, Herman Murray, Charles Murray, sisters, Rachel Bryant, Lydia Acers, Thelma Murray, Bernice Nichols, Evelyn Murray.
He also leaves to mourn a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other dear friends who meant so much but are too numerous to list.