Retired school teacher, Janis Dearman Murphy, daughter of the late Charles Foster Dearman, Sr., and Ada Mildred Dearman, and sister of the late Charles Foster Dearman, Jr., passed away Thursday evening, February 2, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. She was 76 years old. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Billy Judd Murphy, and two sons and their families: Jason Judd Murphy, wife Tamara, and children, Nixon Alexander and Addison Grace; and Jeremy Dearman Murphy, wife Sabra, and daughters, Briahna Ryan and Braya Shalon; one brother, Jim Dearman and wife Janis and several nieces and nephews. In attendance at her death and officiating at the final services will be her brother, gospel preacher Jim Dearman. Also, having a part in the funeral will be gospel preachers Dan Gulley and Tim Woodward.
“Mrs. Murphy” was a much-loved, highly-respected, and influential school teacher, who retired in 2005, after 44 years of service in education, primarily in the DeKalb County system. She began her career with the Nashville City Schools in 1962.
Mrs. Murphy was a faithful member of the Smithville Church of Christ, where her father served as an elder until his resignation due to ill health. She also was a member of the Smithville Study Club, supporting the arts in the community.
The family will receive visitors at the DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Saturday, February 4, from 11 A. M. to 9 P. M. There will be another visitation at the Smithville Church of Christ, Sunday, February 5, at 2 P. M., prior to the funeral service at 3 P. M.
DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.