Murphy Burch Sr., 77, of Orange passed away Sunday, Nov. 1, at his residence.
Murphy was born Jan. 11, 1938 in Johnson Bayou, La, to Marie “Panjet” (Trahan) and Paul Alexander Burch. He was a lifelong resident of Orange and had lived briefly in Port Arthur as a child. He was a member of West Orange Church of Christ and was a collector of knives and coins. Murphy worked at Levingston Shipyard for many years as a warehouse superintendent and purchasing manager. He enjoyed visiting with his sales customers. Murphy enjoyed woodworking, hunting, fishing and spending time with his sons and grandsons. Murphy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be missed dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Inez Spell, Gertie Frazier and his children’s mother, Gracie Arlene Burch.
Murphy is survived by his wife of seven years, Theda Block Burch of Orange; sons, Murphy Burch Jr. and wife, Amy of Orange, Steven Craig Burch and wife, Debra of Granbury and Michael Lynn Burch and wife, Sabrina of Goldthwaite; step-daughter, Deanna Block of Orange; step sons, Creston Block of Santa Fe, Mark Block and wife, Rhonda of Orange; sister, Stella Meaux of Orange; brothers, Mark Burch and wife, Priscilla of Hempstead and  Paul A. Burch Jr. and wife, June of Livingston. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Christopher A Burch and wife, Jennifer, Christina Vanover and husband, Aaron, David Burch and wife, Jo Anna, Lee Ann Burch, Steven Craig Burch II and wife, Shonna and Brian A. Burch and wife, Sara; step grandchildren, Hope Caree Bromley, Faith Marie Bromley, Leesa Block, Lyndsey Block, Kayla Brown and Britney Sanford; nine great grandchildren, four step great grandchildren, with one on the way and a large extended family.
A visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm, at Dorman Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1:00 pm at the funeral home, with Jerrel Kay officiating. Burial will follow at Ida Wilson Cemetery in Echo Community.
Honoring Murphy as pallbearers will be Chris Burch, Steven Craig Burch II, Brain Adam Burch, David Burch, Aaron Vanover and Paul Hennigan. Honorary pallbearers will be Murphy Burch Jr., Steven Craig Burch and Michael Lynn Burch.
The family would like to express a special thank you to Heart To Heart Hospice, especially Dana Green, for the love and care given to Murphy.
Condolences may be expressed for the family at www.dormanfuneralhome.com.