Our brother, 78, originally from Harrisville, Mississippi, passed into the higher life on Christmas Day, 2020.
James leaves behind his devoted wife Aleene (nee Jordan) of Shaw, Mississippi, his three children: Jim, Milton, and Dorothy, two grandchildren: Marco and Emma, and two sisters: Mary Posey of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Ruth Meyers of Oviedo, Florida. James was the eldest son of former Harrisville School Principal Ellis Murray and mother Nell Neely Murray, teacher at Harrisville School.
Upon High School graduation, James joined the US Army. He later attended Co-Lin Community College studying math and physics. James displayed his dedication to self-improvement by continuing his education at Delta State College, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Science; attended New York University to study Software Engineering; and earned his Master’s degree in Science from Pace University.
James’s love of science and technology led him to teach both in public high school and for the US government as an Army Electronics Instructor. As a civilian licensed pilot and aeronautical instructor, James served with patience and gentle humor, combining his love of flying with his enjoyment of teaching technically complex subjects. In his later years, James and Aleene retired to Oviedo, FL where they were active members of the St. Alban’s Anglican Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking those wishing to commemorate James’s memory to donate to American Legion Memorial Post 243 by check, 491 West Broadway Street, Oviedo, FL 32765 (or using the donation button on our GIVE page). He will be missed by many.