Mr. Carl Daniel “Dan” Murray, age 63 of Vidalia, died Wednesday, May 16, 2012 in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia after an extended illness. He was a native of Garden City, a 1967 Graduate of Groves High School, and a 1973 Graduate of Georgia Southern University, earning a BBA in business management. He lived in Savannah and he and his family made Vidalia their home in 1984. He was the branch manager at Palmer & Cay Insurance Company for sixteen years, and was the former owner of Murray Bishop & Stephens. He was a former director of the state board of Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia. Dan was president of the Toombs/Montgomery Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and served as a board member of the Toombs/Montgomery Development Authority. He was president of the Vidalia Kiwanis Club in 1993, served as the chairman of the Vidalia Onion Festival in 1998 and was chosen that year as the Vidalia Citizen of the Year. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia where he willingly served in several capacities within the church, including finance chairman, board of trustees, building committee and administrative board. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, son and brother.
Mr. Murray is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Susan Murray of Vidalia; one son, Zachary Daniel Murray of Vidalia; one daughter, Katherine Colleen Pommenville and husband Dave of Pooler; his mother, Marguerite Cook Murray of Prattville, Alabama; three grandchildren, Mason Torrence, Kaydence Murray, and Brady Pommenville; three sisters, Linda Hinely and husband Royce, Judy Murphy and husband Jimmy all of Prattville, and Donna Patrick and husband Steve of Billingsly, Alabama, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be Saturday, May 19th at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia with Reverend Robert Greene and Reverend David Blalock officiating. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist, P.O. Box 150, Vidalia, GA 30475, Community Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 2277, Vidalia, GA 30475 or Serinity Hospice Foundation, 304 First St. West, Vidalia, GA 30474.