Brad Lapsley President of The Cemetery Association
Soldiers lping with the Ceremony Memorial Day 2009
Soldiers help honor
the Veterans buried here Memorial Day 2009

15th Street Singers
15th Street Singers
Memorial Day 2009

Officers of the Cemetery Association
Officers of the
Cemetery Association

Yankee Soldier
Soldier dressed in
Yankee Uniform

Pastor Eric 'Gunny' Hartman Leads the Invocation Memorial Day 2008
William Jowers Vice President
reads a dedication to all vets
Memorial Day 2009

Brad Lapsley
Brad Lapsley Provides a short
history of the cemetery

Joy Gough
Joy Gough talks about the history
of the cemetery and Murphy

21 Gun Salute
Soldiers offer up a 21 Gun Salute

Memorial Day May 30, 2009

Ridgell Murphy McKinney, great, great grandson of
Collin McKinney, speaks at Memorial Day Observance

The Cemetery Association of Murphy was pleased to have in attendance at their May 30th Memorial Day Observance, Collin McKinney descendent, Ridgell Murphy McKinney. Mr. McKinney, 95 years young, is the great, great grandson of the man our county (Collin) and the town of McKinney are named after.

Preceding the program, Veterans' graves were marked with a red rose, placed by two members of the Order of the Black Rose - Dallas 6 Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy. They were escorted through the cemetery by members of W.H.L.Wells Camp - Plano TX. Reeves 11TX. Cavalry Camp - Sherman TX. Rosa's 6TH TX. Cavalry Camp - Kaufman TX. General W. L. Ca bell Camp Dallas TX. Capt. Petty Chapter.

Murphy Middle School students, Yusuf Kahn, James Blanton, Mehtaab Brar and Matt Murdoch along with Glenda Mounger (Daughters of the Republic of Texas), Lisa Stephens, Crystal Kane and Anna Anderson were stationed throughout the cemetery to provide visitors with the military history of the 15 known veterans buried in the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery.

The 15th Street singers opened the program with "America the Beautiful." Vocalists were Bethany Johnson, Paula Rilling, Jennifer Smith, Mary Smith, Cecily Weatherford, Vance Bryson, Keith Fenstermacher, Kevin Hincley, Mark Richmond and Tyler Sundrud. They also performed "The Star Spangled Banner", "Amazing Grace" and "Danny Boy."

Will Cottle, President of the Cemetery Association of Murphy welcomed guests and visitors. Murphy Boy Scout Troop 1812 presented the flags and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Pastor Linda McCormick of Corinth Presbyterian Church in Parker gave a wonderful patriotic-themed invocation. Brad Lapsley, immediate past President of the Association, presented the history of the cemetery to visitors. Marcia Jowers explained how interested parties could help preserve the historic cemetery. Don Sielert, Treasurer, talked about the goals of the Association such as membership-building and fundraising to afford a $6000 expenditure to locate unmarked graves in the cemetery. Mr. McKinney was invited to the podium to relate a personal story from his WWII days which captivated the audience. A tribute to all veterans, "What is a Vet" was read by William Jowers, Vice President, and he recognized the veterans in the audience and thanked them for their service to our country.

A roll call of the 15 known veterans in the Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery was carried out. As the name of each veteran was called, Commander Gary Bray asked "Who will answer for this man?" One by one, a member from the military units present answered, "I will sir! He is gone but not forgotten." This moving portion of the program was followed by a 21 gun salute by the units and the playing of taps by Murphy Middle School trumpeter, Caleb Eichenberger-Gay.

For information on Murphy's historic landmark, visit the website: This newly launched website was created and donated by Rick Stephens, RG Stephens & Assoc.