Bill Murrey: A Martin Methodist Treasure
July 13, 2017
Mr. Bill Murrey is a man of tradition and commitment, of character and integrity, and he is fiercely dedicated to his family, to his church and community, and to Martin Methodist College (MMC).
Mr. Murrey built the family car business that his father-in-law started in 1930 into a cornerstone Pulaski business that will be a lasting legacy to the Murrey family. He has been an active member of First United Methodist Church in Pulaski for over 68 years, rarely missing a Sunday. He has been a member of the Pulaski Exchange Club since 1949 and of the Giles County Chamber of Commerce since before 1942.
When Mr. Murrey’s name is mentioned anywhere in Pulaski, smiles cross people’s faces because he is known for being good and kind. He truly cares about people, and he values relationships.
One relationship in his life that began in 1957 and remains strong these many years later is his relationship with MMC. Mr. Murrey is the longest serving trustee in college history. For over 60 years, he has had a seat on the board of trustees, and before him, his father-in-law, Erskine Sharp, was a trustee. “Martin Methodist is important to me,” said Murrey. “The college has meant a lot to my whole family over the years, and it has been wonderful to be a part of the great things that have occurred at the college in my 60 years as trustee.”
In 1992, Mr. Murrey was awarded the President’s Medallion, the highest honor anyone can receive at the college. He is most certainly a beloved member of the MMC family.
Interim President Robby Shelton
“I remember the first time I met Mr. Murrey almost 30 years ago. I remember his kindness and how welcoming he was to my family and me. I appreciate and admire Mr. Murrey’s passion and advocacy for our community and for Martin Methodist College, and I’m honored to know him and to call him my friend.”
Assistant to the President Kim Harrison
“Mr. Murrey is simply one of the most precious people I have ever known, and I have known him my whole life. He is always so kind to me and always so willing to help. His dedication to MMC is inspiring!”
Assistant VP of Institutional Advancement Edna Luna
“Bill is a great friend to all, and I cherish not only his friendship, but I also cherish his kindness.”
Mr. Murrey grew up in Lewisburg but has called Pulaski home since 1949. He was married to Sara Frances Sharp for 58 years and has three sons: John, Preston, and Ed.