The funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 121 East Bridges Street, Buena Vista, Georgia, where Rev. Poole is pastor. Rev. Angienette Coppins Damiani, pastor of the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church, Buena Vista, Georgia will officiate. Burial will follow in the Union Hill A.M.E. Church Cemetery, Spivey Street, Ellaville, Georgia.
Catherine was born on March 25, 1948 in Ellaville, Schley County to the late Una B. Storey Hickey and the late James Collins. She was the youngest of two children; a brother, Bennie K. Murray, preceded her in death. Catherine was raised in the home by her grandparents, the late Bennie and Eva Storey, along with their seven children - four girls, Una B, Ella Pearl, Irene, and Eva Mae, and three boys Robert Lee, Leonard, and Frank. Catherine was a 1966 graduate from John Lewis High School in Ellaville, Georgia where she graduated with honors. Being raised in a Christian home she joined Union Hill A.M.E. Church at an early age in Ellaville, Georgia. She was united in holy matrimony to Hudson Murray in June 1976. She later joined Bethel A.M.E. Church, Buena Vista, Georgia. She served as a church secretary, stewardess board, secretary missionary board, and supported all facets of the church she loved so well.
She was employed by the Schley County Board of Education as teacher assistant and a Head start teacher in Buena Vista, Georgia with West Center Georgia CAC and Southwest Georgia of Buena Vista, Georgia . She took classes at Albany State University and Tuskegee where she received her CDA. Catherine was one of the first teachers to start Tri-County Head Start. She was employed by Home Interior as a Interior Decorator. Catherine was a caring person who shared her love and inspired others to greater heights in life.
She leaves to cherish her memories: a loving husband of forty-one years, Hudson Murray, Buena Vista, Georgia; four children, Anthony T. Collins (Mary Ann), New Port News, Virginia, Tonya Hall (Christopher), Buena Vista, Georgia, Kedrix Murray, (Staci), Douglassville, Georgia, and Deceithia Murrary McCreary, Jonesboro, Georgia; grandchildren, Terrance Collins, Tiara Hall, Tenia Hall, Breanna Collins, Davanna Small, Vyani Murray, Eycis Murray, Kesiya Murray, Kiari Murrary, Kace Murrary, Cameron Bookman and Demetrius McCreary; great grandchildren, Xander McCreary and Jakhyia Hall; aunts and uncles, Ella Pearl Williamson, Ellaville, Georgia, Irene Storey Edge (E.J.), Ellaville, Georgia, Eva Mae Stephenson, Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Lee Storey, Clarksville, Tennessee, and Frank Storey, Atlanta, Georgia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David Murray (Rethe), Cleveland, Ohio, Mable Murray Johnson (Ernest) Cleveland, Ohio, Willie Murray (Velma), Decatur, Georgia, Otis Murrary (Fannie), Vera Murray all of Buena Vista, Georgia and Lenora Murray, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; devoted nephew Rickey Murray (Elizabeth) Decatur, Georgia and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.