Charlie “Frank” Murphy, Jr


Charlie “Frank” Murphy Jr. was called to eternal rest in the peace of his own home on December 13, 2020 after 68 years of life.

Frank graduated as an East High School Tiger in 1970 and pursued a degree at Bliss College. He followed in his father’s footsteps and served as a technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and Ohio National Guard.

Frank was also a dedicated member of Faith Ministries and spent time doing community service with the Torch Prison Ministry and Men of Valor. After working many years at Grange Mutual Insurance, he lived in total relaxation in retirement where you would often find him cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team he represented till his very last breath. He loved being surrounded by family and good company. His no-nonsense demeanor never stopped the smiles and laughter that he brought to others.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie F. Murphy Sr. and Rachel Murphy and uncles, Henry and Albert.

Frank leaves his legacy with his daughter, Rachel Marie (Chris) Ransom; sisters, Charlotte Murphy and Zelda Murphy Jefferson; nieces, Marcia, Carlotta (Dwight), Halle, Naja, and Aubrey; nephews, Ron (Neysa), Chris, Khaliff (Kelly), Charles, Rashaun, Isaiah, and Cameron; grandchildren, Otis Jr., Ariah, Chris Jr., Kiara, Kennedy, Kevin Jr., and Ka’vona; two great-grandchildren, Moriah and Maria; and a host of cousins, other relatives and special friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Monday, December 28, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Union Cemetery.


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  1. Frank was such a powerful force for good in so many lives. He had a positive impact on me and so many others. He always had something uplifting to share. I’m better for having known him.

  2. From the 1970 EHS Class Committee. We were so saddened to hear about the passing of our Classmate. This year would have been the 50th class reunion that Frank had looked forward to attending the reschedule reunion in 2021.
    May Gods Bless the entire family during this very difficult time. RIP Our Friend

  3. To the Family of Frank Murphy, my friend that I have known for close to 60 years. I will miss him dearly and our communicating during his recent recovery period. May God Bless You and keep you all safe in his arms as you go through this very sudden and difficult time.

  4. My Thoughts and Prayers go out to his family and anyone who Frank made part of his life. We haven’t crossed paths in over 30 years, but he made such a lasting impact when you were around him, it seemed just like yesterday. You will be missed, neighbor, classmate and most importantly friend. Keep that Steelers jersey ready, cause I’ll have on my Browns jersey on…when we meet again..the debate continues.

  5. Our prayers go out to Frank’s family. I will miss his positive energy.

  6. Sandra Winbush Ross

    Frank will truly be missed, I have know him for about 60 years we worked together at Sears, and also attended Franklin Jr High and East High School. We met back up and began talking every day. Frank was so positive, never let you have a down day, his laugh would make your day. He will always be remembered. Peace and Blessings to his family!

  7. My sincere condolences to the Murphy family. May God Bless the entire family during this most difficult time.

    ~Dr. Cheryl A. Dandridge

  8. I will miss Frank terribly. I already miss him. Saturday mornings will NEVER be the same again. I will never forget his advice to me. I will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with you, as you experience the loss of your Dad.

  9. Frank will be greatly missed by his Kairos family. I have had the pleasure of sharing the love of Jesus at the Marion Correctional Facility along side Frank for 8 years. Frank made a huge impact on the men at MCI and he also made an impact on his fellow Kairos volunteers. He and I had several long talks about life and I will always remember Frank. Frank told me that until he got to know people well he would not let them in to close. I thank God that Frank got to know me well enough to let me in close. Heaven has at least one Steelers fan now that Frank is there.

  10. My prayers also go out for Frank and the family. I met Frank a few years ago and have considered him an excellent friend since the first moment I met him. He was and is my hero. His love of people and ability to make everyone he met know that they were special, were true gifts from God to him. Frank’s energy, strength, and willingness to keep going forward, no matter what, and his ability to always think of others first were inspirational. He was a light who will continue to shine in and from many of us. God Bless you Frank. You will be greatly missed!

  11. Frank was a strong and important member of the Torch Prison Ministry for the 18 to 25 year old inmates at Marion Correctional Institution. Frank will be sorely missed.

  12. Condolences to the family. I am deeply saddened from the news of the passing of my good friend and brother Frank Murphy also known as “Tank”. Going to miss our conversations and praise reports. I received your Christmas card the following day of your passing which I will always cherish and hold dear to my heart. I thank God for our friendship. I love you my friend. Rest easy til we meet again

  13. I have worked with Frank for about eight years with Kairos Prison ministries at Marion Correctional. We saw each other several times during team formation and then at the three day weekend. We also would spend the evenings at a church in Marion during the weekends.
    He was great. Fun to be around. The guys at MCI loved him and they would always be able to argue between the Browns and the Steelers fans.
    He will me missed.

  14. Your father will be terribly missed. He was loved by all of us and he will be cherished in our memories forever. My sincerest condolences

  15. I love to give condolences to the family of Mr. Charlie Frank Murphy my dear friend, I just called him Tank. I met Tank in the 7th grade in Franklin Junior High School and we became instant friends. we went on to high school together graduated together where we picked up another friend Mr. Joe Stanley and we all been friends now over 50 plus years. What can I say about Frank he was one of the good guys in a bad environment. But it did not change him he always had that concerned about the his fellow man and especially his friends. Years past and me Frank didn’t see each other for a long long time. But I had a heart attack 2 years ago in November and people was coming in my room visiting and this one man walked in my room with Pittsburgh Steelers gear on and I couldn’t exactly recognize him I guess I was still under the medication. So I said who are you? mind you I haven’t seen him in over 30 years, I guess Joe had told him that I was in the hospital. He said in his convincing voice I’m Frank, I said Frank who?? He said Frank the Tank, then I saw that familiar smile and I scream loudly mine you I just got out of surgery well the nurses ran in the doctors ran in saying what’s wrong what’s wrong lol everybody in the room laugh lol it was just that day we had talked every week on phone or on Facebook. Planning a meeting a breakfast something. But covid-19 came and we been on hold all of this year now he’s gone. Lord have mercy. I know I’m a little long-winded and I have so much more I could say but I would leave with this message God Heaven just got a little bit more better may you rest in peace and the way we always said I love you man ☹️❤️

  16. I send my condolence to the family. Sorry for your loss. I will miss Frank so very much.
    We talked and message all the time. He helped me get through some sad times, I will miss talking to my buddy. You always made me laugh. We have been friends since junior high school. But I know one day I will see my friend again. Lots of love and God bless

  17. My condolences to Frank my friend my brother through Christ I love you Frank very much we just got reconnected through Facebook and I’m going to surely miss his morning messages and inspirational quotes God doesn’t make mistakes he knows what he’s doing I’m glad to have gotten reacquainted with Frank but he will be surely missed by many

  18. My condolences to the family. I am saddened by Frank’s passing. Remembering all the great times we shared as young men growing up and the meaningful conversations we had as older men knowing God! Glad Frank was a part of my life! He will be greatly missed.

  19. ODD, to one of the most Genuine and Gracious Gentlemen I’ve ever had the pleasure to ever meet. A true and straight from the heart kind man, Prayers on the wings of Angels up to Heaven and to shower you with our LOVE, and in GODSPEED and HIS Peace. Gone way too soon and your forever Loved.

  20. Jeff and Lisa Turner

    I met Frank about forty years ago when we were employees at Motorist insurance. We worked together off and on for the next twelve years. Even after I left the industry we continued our friendship up to his passing. I will miss our talks and offer my condolences to the Murphy family. Peace.

    • JEFF are you the Jeff that worked with me at Beacon Ins? Me you Karen Fuller Darlene and Frank? If this is our Frank I nearly collapsed when I saw this in the paper.. Please reach out to me confirming.. thanks Joanne

    • Zelda Murphy Jefferson

      Please provide us with your name and address so that we may send you a card.

    • Jeff and Joanne: glad to see you here. have been looking for a while to see if you knew about Frank.
      Condolences to the Murphy family, Frank was one-of-a-kind and I’ll miss him!
      feel free to get in touch if you like.

  21. I’m so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. Praying for comfort & strength for the Murphy family. May God keep you in his loving arms. Sincere condolences family.

  22. Rev. Dr. Deborah Stevens

    The Manna Cafe family at Broad Street United Methodist Church will dearly miss Frank. He faithfully
    showed up each Wednesday to welcome our guests at the door for the evening meal. His smile and warm greeting were a gift to everyone- guests, staff and volunteers. When we are able to reopen after the pandemic, it will not be the same without Frank at the door. He was a wonderful, warm, extraordinarily kind-hearted person, who served God by serving others. Our condolences to his family. May he rest in God’s presence with great joy.

  23. This is from one of the inside guys at MCI,
    “To Frank Murphy and his wonderful family. I just would like to tell you that Frank was my guy, he shared a lot with me, I cried with him and he comforted me plus he was very vocal on his faith and I loved it because I am a loud praiser of God. He will be missed Greatly and he was the best in Kairos and Torch. This holiday I will Praise God for taking my friend in his loving arms . My condolences to you all.

    Chris Jones

  24. Faith Ministries Church

    To the Family & Friends of Bro Frank Murphy-
    Thinking of you, praying for you and your family as we remember Bro Frank during this time. We will miss our beloved member of Faith Ministries Church. Know that we are with you and our prayers continue for you as the Lord gives you strength, comfort and peace.

  25. Rev. Benjamin Morris

    Brother Frank Murphy was dedicated to the ministry at Faith Ministries Church East, the Ashford Assisted Living facility . Every Sunday brother Frank would meet me to set up the multi-purpose room for our church service. He enjoyed the fellowship with the residents and they loved him. Brother Brother Frank also spent several years working with us in the Faith Ministries Church, Food Distribution Ministry. He helped us pass out thousands of pounds of food to needy families here in Columbus Ohio.
    Brother Frank often told me how grateful he was to the Lord Jesus Christ for changeing his life. We appreciate the life of Brother Frank and will miss him very much.
    Rev.Ben , Pam, Lauren, Ciceila and the congregation of Faith Ministries Church East at the Ashford.

  26. Eric & Tracey Boamah

    To the Family of Bro. Frank Murphy
    You are in our thoughts and prayers for strength and peace during this time, as you remember Bro Frank.
    We enjoyed seeing and talking with him on Sundays at Faith Ministries.
    Eric, Tracey & Bryson Boamah

  27. Debra Parker Sparrow

    My condolences and prayers of comfort to Frank’s family and friends. He will truly be missed. I am saddened because Frank had been a close from since high school. We lost touch with each other and we connected on Facebook a few years ago. He was always so positive and I always looked forward to his comments and him calling me “his BFF.” We were all so excited about our 50th EHS class of 70 reunion but it had to be canceled due to the pandemic. I was so looking forward to seeing Frank. Well… RIH my friend and when our class has our reunion, we will all be thinking of you. Thank for being my friend.

  28. Debra Parker Sparrow

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of my dear friend, Frank. I have known Frank since high school and he was always kind and positive. We referred to each as BFF. I lost contact with him and then reconnected with him a year ago on Facebook. I always looked forward to his positive comments and the way he could brighten your day. We were all looking forward to our 50th class reunion this year but because of Covic19 it was canceled. We always remember Frank and keep the memories in our heart. RIH Frank and thank you for always being my BFF. My prayers of comfort and peace go out to Frank’s family and friends. He will truly be missed@

  29. I meet Frank in college. During our youthful years we became best friends. So much that he was my best man in my wedding in 1981. I will always remember the great times we had during early adult lives. Frank, Hosea Scales, Mel Davis and I spent a many of days shooting hoops all over the city. Frank had maturity beyond his age. He served in the military reserve for many years. I have missed and will Frank’s presence in my life. My condolences to Zelda and Marie.

  30. Eric and Tracey Boamah

    To the family of Bro Frank Murphy
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    We enjoyed seeing and talking with Bro Frank at Faith Ministries.
    We are praying for your strength at this time.
    Eric, Tracey and Bryson Boamah

  31. I love you uncle and I will carry our name forever

  32. It is with heart felt sorrow that I express regret in the passing of your brother Charlie Frank Murphy Jr. My dearest friend Charlotte you and your family will remain in my prayers. May the Lord our God continue to comfort you, bless you, cover and keep you all. In Jesus name. Amen!
    Sorrowfully Submitted Rev. Cardelia G. Fortune

  33. To the family and friends of my dear brother Frank Murphy. I am saddened by the passing of my lifelong friend. Though I am now a Pittsburgh resident we talked and texted during many Steeler games. Will always cherish fun times with our crew Hosea, Charlie B, & Cliff back in our school days. Sorry we won’t have our post corona reunion. I know he is in a better place by our conversations concerning our mutual love for our savior Jesus Christ. Blessings to the Murphy family.

  34. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Graham


    May your soul rest among the angels in Heaven. You will be missed, my Brother; but, I know that you will be in a better place. You’ll never be forgotten. Your memory will always be close to my heart.

    Until our paths cross again, rest in peace.

    Your brother in Christ and your brother in Arms,

    Joseph L. Graham

  35. I knew “Frank” many years ago when we both worked at Motorists Mutual Insurance Company. I remember him as a gentleman and a guy with a great sense of humor. Rest in peace.

  36. Cheryl George Noble

    I will miss Frank’s loving smile and embrace every time we saw one another at church. We kept in touch on Facebook, and I will miss his all-caps replies, lol.
    I have precious memories of our teenage years growing up together at Mt. Olivet. I cannot tell you how proud I was of the man Frank became. A strong Christian man who gave of himself to advance the kingdom of God. He was a dedicated volunteer who modeled the love of Christ. Mrs. Rachel Murphy would be so proud. I will miss his beautiful spirit! Rest in peace, my friend, until we meet again. To Zelda, Rachel, and the family, my prayers are with you.

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