Welcome to the memorial page for

Irene Ragsdale Murray

August 24, 1920 ~ October 28, 2017 (age 97)

Irene Ragsdale Murray, 97, of Asheboro, died Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Clapps Convalescent Nursing Home in Asheboro.

Funeral Services, 2 PM, Tuesday, October 31, 2017, at Loflin Funeral Home Chapel, Ramseur.

Officiating, Rev. Leon Thompson, Rev. Tim Butcher.

Burial, Randolph Memorial Park, Asheboro.

Irene was a native of Randolph County and a member of Ramseur Wesleyan Church.  She married Melvin Murray in Bennettsville, South Carolina on December 19, 1942 after securing enough gasoline ration coupons in order to have gas to make the trip there and back during World War II.  Mrs. Murray was from Franklinville and began working alongside her husband at Parkview Drive-In, Martinsville, VA in 1947.  She worked with her husband at Melvin's Drive-In as a waitress, cook and even a curb hop then at Murray's Restaurant.  She then began work as a checkout grocery clerk at the grocery store Food Line in Ramseur which then became Lowe's Food.  She retired after many years of service to the public.  Her friendly smile and warm customer service was a staple at those stores and fondly remembered by all she serviced.  She was also a licensed beautician and she volunteered her cosmetology skills for older ladies at Ramseur Wesleyan Church and Randolph Hills Apartments by cutting, perming and setting hair for those ladies hair for many years.  As a  longtime member of Ramseur Wesleyan Church, she taught the children's class, was a member of the Ladies Missionaries and sang in the choir until her hearing failed her.  She then began special readings of poems which she loved to recite and to memorize.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Murray, and her parents, William Harris and Blanche Dawkins Ragsdale, two sisters, Mary Curtis, Jewel Shane, two brothers, Guy and Charlie Ragsdale.

Survivors: daughters, Denise Hill, and husband, Perry, of Asheboro, Lisa Cox, and husband, Rick, of Franklinville, son, Johnny Murray, and wife, Deb, of Asheboro, sisters, Edith Kinney, Viola Beane, grandchildren, Eric (Kathi), Kelly (Chris), Angie (Brian), Rikki (James), Candace, Brittney (Kevin), fifteen great-grandchildren, longtime friends, Jim and Nancy Epling.

Visitation, 6 PM to 8 PM, Monday, Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.

Condolences may be made online at

Arrangements by Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.

Memorials may be made to Hephzibah Children's Home, ATTN: Donation Center, 6601 Zebulon Rd., Macon, GA 31220-7606.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Hephzibah Children's Home
ATTN: Donation Center, 6601 Zebulon Rd., Macon GA 31220-7606

 Service Information

October 30, 2017

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Loflin Funeral Home and Cremation Services
147 COLERIDGE RD./P. O. Box 525
Ramseur, NC 27316

Funeral Service
October 31, 2017

2:00 PM
Loflin Funeral Home Chapel
147 Coleridge Rd.
Ramseur, NC 27316

October 31, 2017

Randolph Memorial Park
4538 US Hwy 220 Business N.
Asheboro, NC 27203

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