Randall Ellard “Red” Murff, age 101, of Sylva, passed away December 16,
2020. Jackson County’s oldest and most decorated war veteran, Randall
was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army Air Corps as a
Bombardier/Navigator flying 67 missions. He and his wife retired to North
Carolina from Jackson, MS where he had a long career in auto and truck
sales. Randall was an active member of Scotts Creek Baptist Church and
he enjoyed his time with friends at the Jackson County Senior Center. He
was always known for his ready smile and kind heart to everyone. For the
past few years, he has been a resident of Morningstar Assisted Living
Facility and was grateful for those who cared for him there.
Mr. Murff was the oldest son of the late Howard and Lillian Murff of Calhoun
County, MS and he was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years,
Blanche Brown Murff, one sister and five brothers. He is survived by his
daughters, Jerry Lynn (Ray) Spears and Virginia A. “Toni” (Randy) Savell,
both of Sylva; son, Stephen R. (Lidie) Murff, of Houston, TX; 8
grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother, Malcolm (Dorothy) Murff, of
San Antonio, TX; sister-in-law, Julia Harrison, of Derma, MS as well as
many nieces and nephews.
With fresh memories of Mr. Murff’s 100th birthday party last year and with
current safety concerns, no local service or visitation is scheduled. He
cherished so much the loving tribute to his life from all the many friends and
family who attended that celebration. A graveside service will be held
Monday, December 21, 10:00 AM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada, MS.
The family requests that any memorial contributions in Randall’s name be
sent to MANNA Food Bank, an organization he supported.