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Orvel Wilkerson Murphy

Orvel Wilkerson Murphy, 83, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 28, 2018, in Okmulgee. Orvel was born to the late Carl and Alice (Wilson) Murphy on September 26, 1934, in Ada. Orvel had a handful of hobbies, one being carving wood walking sticks out of tree limbs and collecting antiques and collector's items. He bought Roto-Rooter in 1978 and owned it for over 20 years. Orvel enjoyed his work and his customers. He met Phyllis Hastey and they were married on September 29, 1977, in Henryetta. Orvel liked to travel, going on road trips in the car was his favorite because he did not like air planes. He also liked going to the flea market to see what he could find. Orvel was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Orvel is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Alice; brother, Carl Douglas Murphy; sister, Kareen Murphy; and grandson, Justin Cowley.

Left to cherish all of the wonderful memories of Orvel is his wife of 40 years, Phyllis Murphy; son, Orvel Wayne Murphy and wife Carol of McCloud; daughters, Sharon Renee Cowley of Tulsa and Amber Murphy of Okmulgee; step-children, Lacey LeGall and husband Thierry of Skiatook, Stephen Nelson and wife Monica of Okmulgee, and Sharolyn Cunningham of Bastrop, Texas; sisters, Frankie Hawkins and Frances O'Grady; and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral service for Orvel will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018, at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at the Hastey Family Cemetery south of Morris. Casketbearers will be Wayne Murphy, Derek Murphy, Stephen Nelson, Scott Nelson, Thierry LeGall, and Jim Shockley. Friends may visit the funeral home in Okmulgee on Thursday, July 5, 2018, from 1-8:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Orvel's Tribute Page at

September 22, 1934-June 28, 2018

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