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Joe Lee Murphy

Joe Lee Murphy, age 75, died 19 January 2023, at his home in Hatfield, Arkansas. He was born 13 June 1947, in Hatfield to Chester and Hazel (Kinnerson) Murphy.

Raised at Camp Pioneer, he took the reins from his father as Camp Ranger, serving at that post for 25 years. Joe enjoyed fishing and all activities outdoors, including hiking Rich Mountain barefoot. He was known as someone who could fix anything with nothing and saved everything just in case you might need it in the future. Joe was the neighbor everyone would call and was always willing to help anyone in need.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, and his brother, Lynn Murphy.

Joe is survived by his son, Matthew L. Murphy (Albert Romkes) of Rapid City, South Dakota; one sister, Linda Sanders (Bob) of Dayton, Texas; Peggy Murphy of Mena; two close personal friends, Brandon and Ericka Eaton of Mena; and a host of family and friends.

Visitation and Services will commence at 10 a.m. Tuesday, 24 January at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. with services to follow at 11 a.m. A private ash ceremony for the family and close friends will follow at a future date.

The family would request in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Molly Gann Cemetery, in care of Union Bank of Mena, Arkansas, 71953.

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