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STEPHANIE HARRIET PATRICIA MURPHY

“She fought the Good fight, she finished the race, and now a crown of righteousness awaits.”

Stephanie Harriet Patricia Murphy was born on April 18, 1950 in Savannah Georgia, the only daughter of Patricia D. Murphy and the late Harry B. Murphy, Sr.

She was received unto the presence of her Savior on January 24, 2020. She was born at the old Telfair Hospital on Park Avenue in downtown Savannah.  She attended Eli Whitney Elementary, Shuman Middle, and Groves High School. She took ballet and piano and was a lover of the arts throughout her life. She was always a studious student who consistently brought home high grades to the chagrin of her younger brother, Butch. Harriet was the apple of her daddy’s eye and he was always quick to put “little brother” in his place if he showed any signs of disrespect towards Stephanie. While attending Morningside Baptist Church, she accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior, and she strove to maintain the highest moral Christian standards throughout her life. Stephanie attended Georgia Southern University and Auburn University and graduated with a degree in rehabilitation.  She worked as an art teacher for the Savannah Chatham Board of Education for many years.  Later she was a docent at the Telfair Museum of Art.  For many years she volunteered at the J. C. Lewis Cancer Clinic. Throughout her life she sought to help the less fortunate and was quick to offer a helping hand to anyone in need.  Any little lost lamb was fair game for Stephanie.

Her main focus in life was her faith, her family, and her friends. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church. She loved her yearly mission trip to Romania where she not only shared her love of art, but also her love of Christ.  She was a loving mother who provided all things for her only son, Leonard Orville Harmon. Her devotion to her son was a source of inspiration and encouragement to both her family and her friends.

She is survived by her mother, Patricia D. Murphy, and her brother Harry Butch Murphy (Sammie Lou), her son, Leonard Orville Harmon, and cousins Bobby Baker , Margie Kate Dasher, Naomi Driggers (Glennville, Georgia.), Linda Murphy Sims, and Susie Murphy Hohnerlein (Savannah, Georgia.).

Many thanks for her friends and associates, especially Carol Hammock Williamson, who was with Stephanie through thick and thin and the ups and downs, along with Jaimie and Karen White and friends from Lighted Pathway Sunday School Class, and Deborah and Sandi Hanzel,  Deborah Smith Loper, and Nick and Julie West, all of whom Stephanie dearly loved and always spoke fondly of.

Special thanks to the staff of Azalealand Nursing Home and Hospice House of Savannah and Gamble Funeral Service, and the staff and members of Bible Baptist Church. Your kindness and compassion was a source of deep comfort for Stephanie and her family. And as Stephanie would often say, “God is so good.”   “For from Him and through Him and to Him be glory forever and forever, Amen” Romans 11:36.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 o’clock Wednesday morning, January 29, 2020, at Bible Baptist Church – 4700 Skidaway Road. The funeral service will immediately follow at the church, conducted by Pastor Thomas W. East, Jr. Interment will be at 2:30 in Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery – 1688 Harmony Church Road, Glennville.

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  1. Bill Henry says:

    I was saddened to read about Harriet’s passing in the newspaper this morning. We attended Shuman Jr. High together in the 60’s. My fondest memories of her was her great sense of humor ! She always made the room light up when she walked in !
    Rest in Peace old friend .

  2. Carol Hammock Williamson says:

    My Forever Friend ~ We could write quite a book of our fun adventures & 26 years of laughter. Stephanie will always be held close in my heart & thoughts with so much love. Her company will be forever missed❣️

  3. Lynne Boatright says:

    My condolence to Stephanie’s family. Before my illness, Stephanie occasionally sat with me in church, and she would have Leonard join her join her from time to time. She was faithful and will be sorely missed.

  4. Linda Davis Hawk says:

    She was a beautiful child of God. Her smile and the light in her eyes were sunshine. Prayers for her family and friends. Groves High School Class of 68.

  5. Linda Murphy Sims says:

    I always wondered where she hid her Angel wings!
    She is now flying high with her dad and her Uncle Joe(her other dad) and if you hear heavy deep soulful laughter coming from above, it’s those Murphy boys and their sweet girl!

  6. Willene Iler Stone says:

    I had not seen nor talked to Harriet for 50 years until a year and a half ago, as we were planning our 50th high school reunion. It was such a privilege to get to know her again
    We want to high school and college together, but lost touch. She had such a zest for life and always a smile. She will be missed.

  7. Gregory Bell says:

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  8. Debbie Smith Loper says:

    Harriet and her family lived down the lane from my family growing up. We had such a special friendship with so many memories from sleep overs, riding the bus to Broughton St, cheering together at Shuman Jr High and keeping in touch over all these years. We laughed together so much and even though I didn’t see her often, I thought of her so much. Prayers to Mrs Murphy, Butch and Lyn. Have a peaceful sleep my dear friend, I Love You.

  9. Katherine Copeland says:

    Stephanie was a lot of fun to be with during our mission trip to Romania. It was so encouraging to see her serving the Lord as she did. I will miss her many smiles but I’m certain she’s grin to grin now with her Savior.

  10. Sonja Herrington Miller says:

    Enjoyed seeing Harriet at our 50th reunion. We grew up in same neighborhood and went to school 1-12. Did not know she had been sick. Praying for family.

  11. Bonnie Maxey says:

    I was very saddened to hear of Stephanie’s illness & then her passing She is now in heaven with her Savior, with that same sparkle in her eyes❗️
    Prayers going up for the family

  12. June and Bill McMillian says:

    Stephanie was a light to everyone around her with her loving smile. Our heart goes out to her Mom especially and we will be praying for the family for comfort in knowing her smile is still shining in heaven.

  13. Randall Collins says:

    Very fond memories of Harriet from childhood at Eli Whitney School and Shuman Jr High. Lost touch in high school and didn’t see her again until a few years ago at a voting precinct on Wilmington Island where she was a volunteer. Saddened by her passing and prayers for the family.

  14. Deborah Hanzel says:

    It saddens me to think that sweet Stephanie is gone. I know she is at peace with God. May the many memories and her kindness and caring bring comfort to Butch, Sammie and Mrs. Murphy. Her light will shine forever.

  15. Chuck McAuley says:

    My prayers for the Family

  16. Virginia Hendrix Love says:

    Dear Family, Harriet and I went to Shuman together and I so enjoyed being her friend during those middle school years. She was always so cheerful and full of laughs – never a sad moment when being around Harriet. I lost track of her after the junior high years and later our paths crossed as we both volunteered at Candler Hospital. l remember her as one of the most positive people I have ever met. And I just know that she is in heaven right now laughing and having the best time ever. She is at Jesus’s side and when she arrived in heaven, I’m sure Jesus said, “Welcome and well done faithful servant”, as He greeted her. My prayers are going up for peace for her family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Virginia Hendrix Love, Savannah, Georgia

  17. Jennifer Camille Dimick Kuhns says:

    Dear Stephanie,
    I am so glad mom and I got to see you. You never stopped smiling during our entire visit. You had hope, but at the same time you let us know you
    we’re ready if Jesus was ready. I knew you were going home; what I didn’t
    know was how fast. Mom and I were planning on visiting with you at least one more time before you went home. It didn’t happen. Donnie’s
    father went home 2 days before you. I am going to miss you Stephanie.
    You were not only a special friend to me, but so many others. The world
    has lost two bright beautiful beams of sunlight; Heaven gained them. I
    love you Stephanie. Jesus loved you more though. He was graceful
    and merciful to you and Don. I thank Him for this. Jennie

  18. Carol Rhodes Ray says:

    I knew Harriet at Shuman Junior High where we were cheerleaders. I can hear her laugh and see her smile to this day. We lost track after Junior High but if I saw a mutual friend I always asked how she was. I’m sorry she became ill. My sincere sympathy to her mother and brother.

  19. Susan Halligan says:

    Pat and Butch,
    I am so sad I didn’t know about Harriet’s passing. I had not seen her for many years; the last time was in a school when she was teaching art. I have many fond memories of our time at Morningside. Prayers for comfort in the days ahead.

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