Jim Murray

Born in West Covina, CA on November 7, 1959

Departed on November 12, 2016 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Jim Murray-age 57 passed away on November 12, 2016 after battling cancer on and off since July 2015. We as a family are devastated. Dad was a man among men, a comedian among the funniest, and a true leader & patriarch at home and in the office. A true gentleman to the world. He was the best, greatest, strongest, most perfect all-around-man-we’ve ever known. Our family is broken and will never be the same. We love you dad and we will never stop loving and thinking of you. You made us everything we are and will be.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Toni Murray; sons, James Murray and Alex Murray; grandson, Christopher Murray; mother, Beverly Murray; sister, Lisa Foss; sister-in-law, Tina Farinelli Kalsad and niece, Carrie Galvin.
A celebration of life service will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1pm in the chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home. Visitation will be held prior from 11am-1pm at Hendersonville Funeral Home 353 E Main St Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-3855 hendersonvillefh.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Melanoma Research Foundation.

26 Comments to Jim Murray

  1. Mary Jane Bowen
    November 14, 2016 7:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  2. John and Juanita Lytle
    November 14, 2016 9:24 pm

    Our hearts are broken at the loss of our friend. We enjoyed many trails and good times with “Jinglebob” Jim. Lots of laughs and love. He will be greatly missed. We send all our love and sympathy to Toni and family.

  3. John & Liz Levis
    November 14, 2016 9:48 pm

    Jim is missed but will never be forgotten. We remember gaiting down those river bamboo trails, laughing and slapping the spider webs away, speeding around the next tall green corridor. Love and laughter good food and friends never too far away to enjoy.
    Our sympathies to Toni and the family.
    John and Liz Levis

  4. Bill & Susan Jameson
    November 14, 2016 10:46 pm

    Bill & Susan Jameson

    Being around Jim and Toni always made us laugh, especially when he had appendicitis . His incredible sense of humor Will never be forgotten. We count our blessing having Jim and Toni as friends.

  5. Deanna DeVries
    November 14, 2016 10:51 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. While it has been years since I saw Him clearly he was still the fun loving person I remember.

  6. Robin Gallagher
    November 14, 2016 11:30 pm

    Toni and I have been the best of friends since the very early 70s. When we went out then – what the kids call clubbing now – we owned every place we walked into…beautiful, stylish and oh-so-friendly we were. I met Jim when he and Toni first started dating. I was skeptical of the man with the big belt buckle, swaggering gold chains, almost-Elvis aviators and polyester flares.Toni? Really? They get married! What’s up with that? I know so well now that Toni saw something in Jim that I did not… goodness, kindness and a few (hmmph) other qualities. He became an amazing husband, provider, father of many and one hell of a funny guy. I know Jim’s soul will have good travels and we are all fortunate to have been a part of his journey.

  7. Gail and Doug Moore
    November 15, 2016 1:00 am

    This video is beautiful. You lived your dreams. Now your family will keep you strong. I always tell people my friend and I decided we would marry the next guy who asked us! Lol that would be Doug for me and Jim for you! Turned out to be the best plan for life! So many years! I so glad you had many years together. I never really knew how old Jim was, he always said older, maybe he knew something we didn’t, he had a lot to get into a shorter life. Thank you for sharing this with Doug and I, truly we are saddened by this news, but you and your sons are in our prayers. If The Plankhouse was still in Brea, I’d leave flowers in his memory.

    Love,

    Gail and Doug

  8. Cindy J. Scheirer
    November 15, 2016 4:58 am

    I’ve known Jim since around 1970 when I boarded my horse, Playboy, at his parent’s 1/2 acre home in Chino, CA. I would pay the little guy, Jim, to feed my horse twice a day. Of course, he couldn’t resist the urge to sneak Playboy out for an occasional ride when he figured I wouldn’t be around to find out… But, I did! Years later, I met Toni. She and other friends would gait their horses past my house on their way to the riverbed to ride…yet, it wasn’t until back-to-school night when I met Toni and Jim together. I was the “room mom” for my son’s (Eric) classroom and his classmate was James. As I visited with Toni and Jim, we figured out that Jim was the young boy who had cared for my horse. Wow! What a blast from the past!! I grew close to Jim and Toni and enjoyed many riverbed horseback rides on the Santa Ana River trails with the two of them. I was very sad when the family finally uprooted from California for good for Gallatin, TN in the year 2000. We kept in contact through emails and cards. Jim and Toni showed my sister, Terri, and me gracious hospitality in 2014 when my sister’s TWH horse was being shown at the Celebration’s show grounds. He treated us like royalty – favorite restaurants and rides on a boat on the lake. I was stunned to hear he had cancer and had a short time left on this earth. My memories of Jim bring smiles and happiness to me. I wonder if he’s selling and installing signs up in Heaven now… Lol! I love you, “little Jim”. You WILL be missed!

  9. Amy Henderson
    November 15, 2016 9:41 am

    Toni and family: I am so sorry for your loss. I had just thought of Jim on Monday, the 7th….for some reason I always remembered his birthday. I didn’t work for him too long but he was always very good to me. Again, so sorry.

  10. Lisa Cunningham
    November 15, 2016 11:11 am

    Jim was a great person and boss. May God comfort you during this most difficult time. Jim will be sadly missed.

  11. MC Sign Company - Mentor, Ohio
    November 15, 2016 11:21 am

    Thoughts, prayers, and blessings from MC Sign to both Jim’s family and to all those at Cummings Resources.

  12. Tiffany Pickel
    November 15, 2016 12:33 pm

    It was a great honor to work for Jim Murray. I have such admiration for this great man, mentor, leader, epic story teller and father figure. Working at other sign companies prior I had heard many tales of the great Jim Murray. When I first met him at the start of my career with Cummings I felt I was meeting a legend. It has been an adventure and my great pleasure working for him. Here in California there are many sign industry folks that will gather together in his honer to share stories in remembrance of the legendary Jim Murray. My heart and prayers go out to his family.

  13. Frank
    November 15, 2016 1:37 pm

    Jim Murray: a Top Hand; a man of his word; a true friend.
    You beat me to the Big Barn, Cowboy.

  14. Vicki Craig
    November 15, 2016 3:49 pm

    Jim was such a warm and funny guy. I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, Toni and the boys. His legacy still lives through his sons and grandchildren.

  15. Jennifer Kemp
    November 15, 2016 3:53 pm

    I met Jim only a year ago at work and found him to be a very upstanding and nice person. I have a Paso Fino and heard he was a lover of the breed so we talked a little about them. It was a real shock to hear he has gone to be with the lord. I can only imagine the grief you are feeling as his family as I lost my mother to the same type of Cancer in 2008. He was truly a stoic person to carry the knowledge of what he was going through so privately. My prayers are with his close family in this time of loss.

  16. PWM electronic price signs - Wolfgang Manz
    November 15, 2016 4:41 pm

    Jim is missed but will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

  17. Linda Berard
    November 15, 2016 6:44 pm

    Great boss! He had confidence in me long before I ever did. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and associates in the sign industry.

  18. Janice Ezell
    November 15, 2016 8:46 pm

    Prayers for your family..

  19. Mathew Joseph Klein
    November 16, 2016 12:35 am

    Toni
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family for your loss. Jay and I wish you the best during this difficult time.
    Much Love to you
    Matthew Klein and Jay Walsh

  20. Bonnie Lunn
    November 16, 2016 12:38 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time; so sorry for your loss.

  21. Terry Silberman
    November 16, 2016 10:41 am

    Though the entirety of Jim’s family and friends have my sympathy, it is with particularly heartfelt regret for the loss James and Christopher must feel at this time that I express my sincere condolences. Just remember, that the difference you make in the the world going forward will always serve as a reflection of what he meant to you both. Again, so very sorry for your loss.

  22. Ann Ceglowski
    November 16, 2016 3:12 pm

    I worked for Jim for many years and respected him greatly; we had many good laughs together and many serious conversations also; I can’t believe he is gone! I retired last year and didn’t know he was so sick. I would like to wish the family my heartfelt sympathy, he will be greatly missed.

  23. Bruce Cornett
    November 16, 2016 6:27 pm

    Jim,
    The cigar tonight was in your honor! We first met in 1999 when you came in with the new ownership group. We were both trying to measure and evaluate each other. “Does he need to stay……does he need to go?” We had different personalities and different strengths. We developed a mutual respect for each other that never wavered. Thank you for being a boss second and a friend first!! You will be missed but never forgotten. Your strength will carry with on with Toni, James & Alex.
    Carry on my friend, lead the way!

  24. Sherry Pilgrim-Hall
    November 16, 2016 10:21 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers for you and your family during this most difficult time. May God bless you and your family.

  25. Beatrice Rosenbaum
    November 20, 2016 12:45 pm

    Dearest Toni, I had lunch with Robin yesterday and she told me about your husband Jim. Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and your family. I am so sorry.

  26. Beatrice Rosenbaum
    November 20, 2016 12:47 pm

    Dearest Toni, I had lunch with Robin yesterday and she told me about your husband Jim. Sending heartfelt condolences and prayers to you and your family.

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