Funeral services for Mr. James E. Murdaugh, 57, of 1380 Sifly Road, Orangeburg will be held at noon Monday, August 1, 2016, at McCune Branch Baptist Church, 9199 Lodge Highway, Lodge, with the Rev. W.J. Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Mr. Murdaugh will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
Mr. Murdaugh, the beloved son of the late Deacon David Murdaugh and Deaconess Lucille Brabham Murdaugh, was born on March 4, 1959, in Bamberg County. Having been reared in a Christian environment, he joined the McCune Branch Baptist Church in Lodge. He was a faithful member, deacon, and former Chairman of the Trustee Board.
James was a 1977 graduate of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in Bamberg and a 1979 graduate of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg.
For many years he was employed as a welder with Applied Engineering in Orangeburg, he then worked 15 years at the Savannah River Site in Aiken as a Boiler Man. Two years later he was employed with Jacob Engineering, in Goose Creek and retired as Supervisor of HVAC at South Carolina State University.
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He was a loving and caring father and grandfather to his wonderful children and fabulous grandchildren.
He was married to his high school sweetheart, the former Helen Goodwin for 36 years. To this union they were blessed with two children. He was one who was loved by his family with real talk, laughter, and eating.
Leaving to cherish his memories are his wife, Mrs. Helen G. Murdaugh, of the home; two children, James Ernest (Elizabeth) Murdaugh Jr. of Columbia and Domonique Alexis (Quinton Randolph) Murdaugh of Orangeburg; two grandchildren, Kameye Lee Murdaugh and Carter Juells Murdaugh-Jones, both of Orangeburg; three sisters, Carolyn M. (Norman) Davis of Bamberg, Joyce M. Wilson of Ehrhardt, Evangelist Betty M. (Nathel) Johnson of Blackville; two brothers, Jerry L. (Cherrie) Murdaugh of Ehrhardt and Ronnie S. (Merdestine) Murdaugh of Bamberg; brother-in-law, Leroy Goodwin of Bamberg; three aunts, Ruth Wilson of Brooklyn, New York, Azalee Heyward of Jacksonville, Florida and Donella Barker; two uncles, Henry Preister of Ehrhardt and Michael Curry of Durham, North Carolina; a special daughter by the heart, Shelby Martin and a special grandchild by the heart, Kahlil J. Mitchell; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Friends may call at the residence of his wife, Helen G. Murdaugh, of 1380 Sifly Road, Orangeburg, or Simmons Funeral Home of Orangeburg. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2016 from 2: p.m. to 8 p.m. Online Condolences may be sent to www.simmonsfuneralhome.com.