A memorial gathering will be held at Maple Chase Golf and Country Club
5475 Germanton Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Sunday, Aug 12, 2018
- 7 p.m.
Jun 23, 1930 - Aug 08, 2018
Mr. John (Jay) Wesley Murphy Jr., age 88, passed away Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at KBR Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. He was born in Forsyth County on June 23, 1930 to the late Wesley and Lillian Temples Murphy. He is preceded in death by his wife and best friend of 60 years, June Stewart Murphy and sister, Delores (Sis) Murphy Jones. Jay is survived by his daughter, Melissa Parker; son-in-law, Bill Boppel and his son, Patrick Boppel; nephew, John Murphy Jones, his Wife Teresa Jones, and their sons, Hunter and Brandon Jones.
Jay will be remembered for his warmth, humor and amazing fried chicken. He was an entrepreneur and restauranteur who successfully owned and operated Murphy's Lunch for nearly 50 years. This establishment is part of his legacy, as it remains a quintessential piece of downtown Winston's history.
First and foremost, he was an incredible husband, father, brother and uncle. Jay loved his work, customers, friends, family and life in general. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for his strength of character, good nature and friendly spirit. He was truly one of a kind.
A memorial gathering to celebrate Jay's life will be held at Maple Chase Golf and Country Club at 5475 Germanton Road, Winston-Salem, NC, on Sunday, August 12th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Jay belonged to Pinebrook Golf and Country Club (now Maple Chase) for many years and enjoyed some of his happiest memories there. It seems only fitting to share a toast and final farewell to him in this location.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or KBR Hospice Home.
Online condolences can be made at www.salemfh.com.
Sincere condolences go out to the family of this remarkable man! Some of his practical jokes have been a topic of many conversations over the last 55 year's that I have known him. We, as the Joyce Brothers family truly loved him (& his food for 3-4 lunches per week when we were located down the hill from the 6th Street location. May God's peace be with you. Dick Joyce
I am very sorry to hear about your father. I thought of him yesterday when I walked past his old restaurant on W. 3rd St. Take care and know that you are in my prayers.
Jay and I were cousins and I am a year older. We spent some good times together in our younger years but not so much in later years. Sorry for his loss.
I do Genealogy on a few families and have some info on the Murphy's if anyone is interested.