Frances Elaine Murphy

Born on November 19, 1939

Departed on August 30, 2020

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Frances Elaine Murphy, 80, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020. Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, November 19, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Thomas O. Weatherly and Virginia Burt Weatherly. Frances was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas D. Weatherly.
Frances was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She graduated from Frayser High School, where she was a member of the Beta Club, and attended Draughon Business College in Memphis. She was a lifelong Southern Baptist.
She is survived by her two sons; Jim (Vicki) Murphy and Lee (Lana) Murphy; four granddaughters, Paige (Clinton) Wilson, Ashley (Kyle) Steele, Lexie Murphy, and Brooke Murphy; a brother, Jack (Jill) Weatherly; and a sister-in-law, Kay Weatherly.
Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday September 12, 2020 at Cole & Garrett Funeral Home, White House with visitation from 11:00 AM until service time.

2 Comments to Frances Elaine Murphy

  1. Charlotte Holman
    September 9, 2020 10:31 am

    A true friend of 35 years & I will miss her dearly. She loved her family & was so proud of her sons. We traveled to Mississippi & always had a good time attending her Frasyer high school reunions .

  2. Jack Weatherly
    September 14, 2020 3:55 pm


    I’ll never forget when Frances and her

    friend returned to the house after seeing

    Elvis Presley make his first public performance ever, debuting at the Overton Park Shell in Memphis on a hot July night in 1954.

    Their poodle skirts were inflated by

    petticoats and as they oscillated above

    their bobbisox and saddle oxfords.

    He’s something! He’s something! They gushed over and over, trying to make sense of a phenomenon the world is still trying to explain.

    That was when she was 14.

    The ashes you do not see here now are not my sister, my nephews’ mother.

    They are the remains of the person who

    lived a full life of four score years.

    Yet her life remains with us.

    I knew her as my sister who was six years

    older than I.

    I sometimes inadvertently called her Mama when I was little guy and needed help.

    She and my brother, mother

    and father lived in a small house in

    Frayser before it became part of


    Our interactions – good or bad – were played out on a small stage. (That meant for number of years my brother, Tommy, and I shared a bedroom with Frances, till Mama and Daddy were able to convert an add-on porch into another bedroom, which was unbelievably cold in the winter and our small roll-away bed was the scene of many a tug-of-war over blankets.)

    In the warm months, Frances played pitch with me in the front yard, helping me to learn the basics of using a fielder’s glove. I

    think it was a softball, since that was what

    she played.

    But, man, she could burn it!

    She was athletic and reached her full height of 5 feet 7 inches by the age of 12.

    Girls’ athletics were limited (half-court basketball, for example) or nonexistent.
    But that didn’t stop her from being on the pep squad and wearing her knit toboggan with RAMS emblazoned across it.

    She was a member of the Beta Club, which means she was a good student.

    Next came post-high school education. For her, that meant Draughon’s Business College.

    Then came the wedding bells.

    Daddy pulled out the stops. The men’s outfits are what I, understandably, remember most.

    The guys wore King Edward VIII-style morning coats – striped trousers, westcot vests – everything but the swallowtails – which might have been a bit much for little ole West Frayser Baptist Church in 1960.

    Then came a family. Because that was the order of things in those days. Not necessarily so these days.

    First came Jim (James Thomas Murphy Jr.) Jim, was born with a musical gift that he is still using as a musician in churches as a worship leader. And I hear tell he can still shake the rafters with a little heavy-metal.

    And then came Lee Weatherly Murphy, who was a standout in basketball in high school and college, and, I believe, has finally stopped growing. He’s also a deacon in a Baptist Church, along with being a gardener and a tinkerer with yard machines.

    Frances was a lifelong Southern Baptist.

    She told me more than once in recent years how proud she was of her two boys who grew into the Christian men they are today.

    – Jack Weatherly, brother

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