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Specialist James Michael Murphy "Jimmy", U.S. Army, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, September 22, 2013, while stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Jimmy was a proud member of the 1st Infantry Division, and was wounded in combat in Kirkuk, Iraq, in September, 2011.
Jimmy was born on March 4, 1989, in Orlando, Florida. Jimmy attended Northwest Florida State College before joining the Army. Jimmy entered active duty on December 31, 2008, and completed basic training and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Jimmy was awarded MOS 21B--Combat Engineer--and was assigned to the Big Red One at Fort Riley, Kansas. Jimmy deployed to Kirkuk, Iraq, in 2010 in support of Operation New Dawn, and returned to Fort Riley in 2011.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Martin, of Orlando, Florida. He is survived by his father, Sean Murphy (Kathy) of Andalusia, Alabama, and his brother, Timothy Murphy, of Winter Park, Florida; paternal grandparents George and Arlene Murphy, of Valparaiso, Florida, and many, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. A special remembrance to Uncle Tom and Aunt Sue, of Choctaw Beach, Florida, and to Amanda, Joey, Lurch and the gang at the Fort Riley. Jimmy loved to go camping, shooting, telling jokes and lived his life to the fullest. Most of all, Jimmy loved his family. Jimmy's smile and personality lit up the room and we all will miss him dearly.
The family will receive friends at Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida, on Saturday, October 5, from 1-2 pm. Funeral services will follow at 2pm. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Sunset Cemetery, in Valparaiso, Florida, at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to the veteran's organization of your choice.

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