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Stella and Buddy MURRELL

Cherokee Municipal Cemetery

Stella Marie MURRELL
© Published in Enid, OK. News
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Submitted by: Sylva Rhodes

Funeral services for Stella Marie Murrell, 75, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at the Cherokee First Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Cooksey officiating. A private family burial will follow in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of the Goodwin Funeral Home of Cherokee, OK. The casket will remain closed.
She was born August 11, 1930, in Ardmore, OK. to William and Lonnie Tipps Brooks and died March 11, 2006, at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Enid, OK.
She graduated from Ardmore High School in 1948, and East Central State University in 1952. Stella married the love of her life, Buddy Murrell, on February 22, 1952. She taught junior high English for 27 years.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School. She was also a member of Junior Study Club ESA Sorority, Farmeretts and was a Cub Scout Leader.
Stella loved her husband, children, grandchildren and books. Grammy will be missed by her family and many friends.
Surviving are her husband, Buddy of Cherokee, OK.; her children, Tony and Janelle Murrell of Elk City, OK., Cynthia and Jon Burris of Edmond, OK., Andy Murrell of Cherokee, OK., and David and Marie Murrell of Duncan, OK.; grandchildren, Rhett and Ryan Murrell of Waynoka, OK., Aija and Kari Burris of Edmond, OK., and Madeline and Sarah Murrell of Duncan; two sisters, Mary Lou Howell of Rowlett, Texas, and Pat and James Bryant of Garland, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials may be given in her memory to the American Heart Association through Goodwin Funeral Home.

© Alva Review-Courier
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Funeral services for Harold Murrell will be Wednesday, September 21, 2016, at 10 a.m. in the Cherokee High School Auditorium with Reverend Tom Cooksey and Reverend Garry McNeill officiating. Burial will follow in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Goodwin-Wharton Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.whartonfuneralchapel.com. Harold W. (Buddy) Murrell – fabled football and track coach – finished the anchor leg Saturday, September 17, 2016, at 86 years old.

He was born August 9, 1930, in Purcell, Oklahoma to Knox and Alma (Wells) Murrell. Buddy graduated from Purcell High School and then went on to play college football, first at Murray State College at Tishimingo, and the last two years at East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma. He served two years in military service in between. Buddy was honored as a "Golden Tiger" and was presented his medallion in Ada. Buddy's first coaching and teaching position was in Ada in 1952. His next stop was Wynnewood, followed by a few years at Coalgate. He then accepted the head football and track field coaching job in Cherokee in 1956. He remained there for over 30 years until his retirement in 1985.

His football teams achieved great success, culminating in the 1969 team that went undefeated. That same year, he was named as an all-state coach for the Oklahoma Coaches Association football team. He led the Cherokee Chiefs to five state titles, two state runner-ups, and numerous regional championships, spanning three decades. The state titles were in 1969, 1971-1973 and 1985. Buddy has been inducted into the OCA (Oklahoma Coaches Association) and OTCA (Oklahoma Track Coaches Association) halls of fame.

Buddy is survived by his son, Tony Murrell and wife Janelle of Elk City, daughter Cyndy Burris and husband Jon of Edmond, son Andy of the home, and son David and wife Marie of Duncan. He loved his grandchildren and did his best to spoil them. They include Ryan Murrell of Austin, Texas; Aiza (Mike) Springer of Edmond; Kari(Bob) Brown of Houston, Texas; Madeline Murrell of Tulsa; and Sarah Murrell of Duncan. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 54 years, Stella (Brooks) Murrell; his brother Kenneth Murrell; sisters Mary Nell Blinscow and Betty Richerson; and his grandson Rhett Murrell.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a memorial fund for Andy at Alfalfa County Bank.

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