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Dr. Edward W. Murray

Calvary Cemetery
Section 24, Lot 59, Space SE
(December 8th, 1879 - July 26th, 1956)

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Dr. Murray was born in Sumter County, South Carolina. He was the son of George W. Murray, who was born a slave and later became a Congressman. He attended Biddle University and then Meharry Medical College and the Manhattan School of Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery. He practiced medicine for 51 years, 26 of them in Norfolk. His office was located at 1017 Church Street, where he was known as “the tonsil miracle man of Church St.”

Dr. Murray was renowned for his charitable endeavors to brighten the lives of poor Norfolk youth.  He hosted annual Christmas dinners for hundreds of destitute children and their families as well as famous Easter Egg Hunts, entirely at his own expense. He also owned the Royal Tropical Gardens, located on Church Street. At Christmas 1949, he distributed over 1,000 tropical pet fish produced there to impoverished Norfolk children. Dr. Murray was married to Thelma Murray (1902-1983). She is interred with him at Calvary. They had three daughters and one son: June, Thelma and Louisa, and Edward Jr.

New Journal and Guide (1921-2003); Sep 19, 1936;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 2

New Journal and Guide (1921-2003); Jan 9, 1932;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. A10

Dr. and.Mrs. Murray to Give Away 1,000 Tropical Fish
New Journal and Guide (1921-2003); Nov 26, 1949;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. D5

Dr. E. W. Murray Dies At Home After Long Illness
New Journal and Guide (1916-2003); Aug 4, 1956;
ProQuest Historical Newspapers Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003)
pg. 10

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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