James L. Murphy, born July 3, 1941 passed away Monday morning, October 8, 2012 at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio, after eight years of a courageous battle with cancer. James was preceded in death by his mother Thelma Matthews Murphy and his father George Murphy. He is survived by his loving sister, Patricia (Bryan) Isreal; brother, George (Darla) Murphy; and many nieces and nephews. Jim had many admirers and several close friends Steve Rogers and Joan Jones. Also surviving is a long time companion and friend John A. Stauffer. Jim was an avid archeologist. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Archeologist Society of Ohio. He was also a large collector of all types of Ohio Pottery. Jim retired from 30 years of services from the State of Ohio. A short period of time at the Ohio Historical Society and approximately 24 years at the OSU library. Jim was a wonderful person and will be missed by a lot of family and close friends. Arrangements completed with THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME Grove City. Online condolences can be left at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on October 16, 2012