Roosevelt Murray has experienced and lived life! He entered the world Christmas Eve, 1933 to parents J.W. Murray and Nannie B. Robertson. He was reared by his grandmother, who he loved dearly, Sarah Robertson in the New Salem Community. After his Grandmother’s death, at the age of seven (7) Roosevelt moved to Bryan, TX with his Uncle, Jonah Robertson. Roosevelt loved his life in Bryan, and while there he worked at the bowling alley picking up bowling pens. Roosevelt grew up fast, as most young men during this era, leaving home at an early age finding his way to Atlanta, TX. He said, “he was the littlest thing in the city playing grown.”
Roosevelt worked several jobs in Atlanta, before finding his way to Dallas, falling in love, and marrying Glinder Liston; helping to raise her 3 children.
Grapeland was always in Roosevelt’s heart. When he retired from the tow-truck company in Dallas, TX, he moved home where he was happy and content living in the country with nature. Roosevelt, was always well dressed, dangling a half-smoked cigar from his mouth. When you visited his home, he was eager to share a beer, a home cooked meal, or talk about his life, and his two children Connie Nelson and Kenny Birmingham.
Left to cherish Roosevelt’s memories is wife Glinder Liston Murray, Bryan, Texas, children Connie Nelson and Kenny Birmingham, sisters Fannie Mae Murray, Grapeland, TX, Florine Melton, Houston, TX, brothers Suvella (Cathy) Walker, Grapeland, TX, Lee Vern (Myrian) Walker, Houston, TX, sisters-in-law, Lou Ella Walker, Houston, TX, Marion Walker, Grapeland, TX, and a host of other relatives, nephews, nieces, and friends.
Services were held Saturday, December 1, 2018 Rising Star Baptist Church, with Reverend George Walker, Officiant. Interment followed at New Salem Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Walker & Walker Funeral Home.