Donald Lee Murray

Born: Mon., Jan. 11, 1937
Died: Tue., Apr. 21, 2015


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 24, 2015
Location: McCommons Funeral Home

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Fri., Apr. 24, 2015
Location: Penfield Cemetery

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Donald Lee Murray

Donald Lee Murray of Burlington, North Carolina, died suddenly Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington.  He was 78.  Born in Kernersville, NC, on January 11, 1937, he was the son of James Zedkar Murray and Marie Askew Murray.  He grew up in Penfield, GA and graduated from Greensboro High School in 1955.  At the age of eighteen, he moved to Burlington, NC.  He retired from Lucent Technologies as a wire man after forty-two years of service. After retirement he enjoyed working part time for many years with Johnny Bakatsias Catering.  He enjoyed listening to music and dancing.  Donald was a member of Penfield Baptist Church.
Survivors include his son, Tracy Lee Murray of Greensboro, NC; three sisters, Naomi Jones of Burlington, NC, Hilda Burt (Jimmy) of Penfield, GA, and Elsie Harwell (Robert) of Greensboro, GA; brother, Morris Murray (Jeanette) of Tucker, GA and several nieces, nephews and many friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Henry Murray.

Graveside Services will be held, Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at Penfield Cemetery, 1211 Cemetery Road, Penfield, GA 30669  with Rev. David Jordan officiating.  The family will receive friends Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home.  Serving as pallbearers are Jeff Burt, Jamie Burt, Mark Burt, Trey Burt, Alec Burt and Evan Burt.  Memorials may be made to Penfield Baptist Church, c/o of Robert Harwell, 101 Siloam Road, Greensboro, GA 30642.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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Smith Oliver
   Posted Thu April 23, 2015
We, The Greensboro High School Class of 1955, express our sympathy to the Murray family for your loss.
Donald was always a very friendly and compatible classmate through the four years of GHS we were together, always volunteering for fund raising projects we held and school events.

May HE Rest in Peace .

william Poole
   Posted Thu April 23, 2015
Donald Henry and Naomi all went Penfield school with me. My sincere condloence to family members.

Joshua Chance and Lois Anne Lanier
   Posted Thu April 23, 2015

Josh and I are so sorry for the sudden loss of your loving father. Joshua had the pleasure of meeting him once at the airport and said he seemed to be a devoted father and a good, kind man. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. We will keep you close to our hearts during this time.

Bob and Racine Rice
   Posted Thu April 23, 2015
Dear family,

Bob & I send our most sincere sympathy.

Cousins, you all know how dear your whole family has been to me since I was a young child. Even though I haven't seen most of you for years, I certainly haven't forgotten you. Remembering fondly the two carefree summers I was able to spend with you in Penfield and the fun we had doing almost everything, even picking beans sometimes! That was about the time "duck" won a dance contest somewhere. He was the closest of you 6 to my age. As an only child, it was an experience I loved , staying with such a large family.

Saw Don last in The summer at our cousin Janet's funeral. Am thinking of you all at this difficult time. Please know I love you.


Bett Waddell
   Posted Fri April 24, 2015
I was very blessed to know Don through working for John Bakatsias and he was such a kind, happy and loving person. His smiling face will be so missed around the Steak House.

Lois Alcon
   Posted Sat April 25, 2015
You have our deepest sympathy. We worked with Don for many years at Lucent. He was always so much fun to be around and had a laugh that we will never forget. We remember him always talking about his son in so many conversations. He loved you dearly. May God bless you!

Rachel Laws & Dave Forrester
   Posted Mon April 27, 2015
Have know Don for years, he always had a smile. Going to miss him as so many Burlington people will.