Mr. Kenneth Murphy

August 8, 1951 ~ November 13, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Kenneth Murphy Obituary

Kenneth Roger Murphy, affectionately known as Kenny/Ken to many, was born on August 8, 1951 to Virdell Vesey-Murphy-Mears and James Murphy in Detroit, Michigan. Both parents preceded him in death.

Kenny completed his seventy-two years of life and took his rest on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 1:15am at Angela Hospice Cae Center in Livonia, Michigan. 

He attended Inkster Public Schools graduating from Inkster High School in 1969. He loved sports and was on the football team.

Kenny met Evelyn Shelby in 1972. To that relationship on August 20, 1980, at Garden City Hospital, in Inkster, Michigan, their daughter Judaea DeShawnda Murphy was born. 

Kenny moved to 735 Tamarick Road in Hillside, Michigan in 1976 which was our grandparents Burl and Narvell Vesey 100-acre farmland where he helped attend to the flock and many other needs of the farm. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved the wildlife. 

He moved from the farmland into town in 1990. He lived at 45 N. Western Street in the Hillstop Apartments where you could find him many days fishing at Baw Beese Lake. He began working at Key Opportunity in 1990 as a parts sorter until his medical retirement in 2006. He received several certificates for outstanding achievements in work habits, attitude, and production.

As a child, Kenny was born into Spiritual Israel Church and its Army where he attended church with his mother, grandparents, and family. He loved the God of Israel, wearing his Star of David and saying he was an Israelite. When in town, he would go to church at Temple #8, #2, and/or #1. His faith was very strong; he felt if the God of Israel did not save him, he would not saved. He was a Warrior and True Believer.

Kenny was preceded in death by his mother; Virdell Vesey-Murph-Mears, father; James Murphy, and sister Carolyn Murphy-Washington.

He leaves to cherish his memory, daughter; Judaea D. Murphy, siblings: James P. Murphy (Shirley), Lynnett M. Barnett (Steve), Keith R. Murphy Sr., and Lenora J. Murphy (Mark). A close friend Janet Johnson, aunt Velma Wilson the Matriarch, Uncle Venus Vesey (Sue), and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, church family and friends. 

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November 20, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home-Westland
4670 S. Inkster Rd.
Westland, MI 48186

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November 21, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home-Westland
4670 S. Inkster Rd.
Westland, MI 48186

November 21, 2023

11:00 AM
Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home-Westland
4670 S. Inkster Rd.
Westland, MI 48186

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