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Pastor Arnold Murray

Gravette, AR

1929 - 2014

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Published: February 15, 2014

Pastor Arnold B. Murray was born April 20, 1929, in Waurika, Okla., to Edgar Dude Murray and Casey Brown Murray. He went home to be with his Lord on Feb. 12, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Anna Murray; and his son, David Vernon Murray.

Pastor Murray is survived by his son, Dennis Arnold Murray and his wife, Marion, of Gravette; his sister-in-law, Martha Sweeter, also of Gravette; his granddaughter, Jessica Murray Pike and her husband, Luther Pike, of Hiwasse; and one sister, Fayezel Jackson of Houston, Texas.

Pastor Murray proudly served our country in the United States Marine Corps as a combat Marine serving in Korea, he made the Incheon landing and survived the Chosin Reservoir Campaign.

He enjoyed working with his machinery on his farm. Pastor Murray was an instrument-rated airplane pilot and he enjoyed flying his entire life.

As pastor of the Shepherd's Chapel Church, located in Gravette, Ark., he built the largest independent Christian television network in the world. He also served a president of the Shepherd's Chapel Network.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Bella Vista Funeral Home & Crematory. The date of a future memorial service will be announced in a Shepherd's Chapel Church monthly newsletter at a later date. The Murray family has asked that donations be made to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

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He was the best bible teacher that ever lived - no question about it. My soul hurts bad that you have left us. You still had it right up to the very end, Mr. Murray. Thank you.

Posted by: bjs177902151129

February 16, 2014 at 3:23 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Yes he was the best teacher of the Bible I ever listened to. I will miss him. I am sure the Lord has already told him "Well done my good and faithful servant" he always reminded us to be absent of this body is to be present with the Lord.

Thank you so much Dr.Arnold Murray

Posted by: Danny25

February 17, 2014 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I thank God for blessing pastor Arnold Murray for teaching the true word of God

Posted by: kevin7703802172219

February 17, 2014 at 11:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I am sad that Pastor Arnold Murray has left us, he was a wonderful teacher. He is with God now and that makes me happy! I know one day we will all meet up again and that day will be soon. May his family and friends find comfort in one another and know that he touched the hearts of millions of people and DID spread the word of God throughout the world. I will always love you! I will continue to watch Pastor Dennis Murray he is also a wonderful teacher and devoted man of God.

Posted by: elliexx2001

February 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I just found out today, 31st of March 2014. I was shocked but then again I was noticing his weight loss in his last telecasts. I noticed in the 2013 Passover that he sat down while giving his lecture. I thank God for His blessings through Pastor Arnold & the Shepherd's Chapel ministry. God's heavenly army just gained a great Marine and this world lost the best Bible teacher ever. My younger brother, Gary, before passing away, had said how much he wanted to meet Pastor Arnold. Well I know they have met now. Godspeed to the Murray family and my mother & I will keep Pastor Dennis & the Shepherd's Chapel ministry in our prayers. Pastor Arnold did not die-he just passed. He lives!

Posted by: kleerkreek

March 31, 2014 at 6:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pastor Arnold Murray was the best bible teacher I have ever had in my life! I have been a member since 1999, and in the first six month's I've learned more than all the years going to church's. He did make God's word come alive with meaning, and line by line explaining every word to us! What a blessing from God it was when I feel God directed me to The Shepherds Chapel. I was immediately glued to the program taking note's immediately, and couldn't wait until tomorrow's broadcast. God and his truth gave me the thirst to want to learn more and more!!! I noticed that Pastor Arnold died on my birthday, he was an awesome person who was blessed with a special gift from God. My condolences to Pastor Dennis and his family, and The Shepherds Chapel family. Pastor Dennis you will be in my prayer's, you and your family. You're a wonderful Pastor and a great teacher also! I always, and missed out meeting Pastor Arnold, I wanted to visit at the Chapel but never could do so, to meet my family. Hope I could make a trip soon in the future. We will meet soon Pastor Arnold. God Bless you!

Posted by: thehazeleyez88

April 20, 2014 at 8:15 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Pastor Arnold Murray was the BEST bible teacher I have ever had. I never got the chance to meet him, wish I had.
I will miss him very much! Thank God for Pastor Murray I know he must have changed the lives of many people.
I found out today that he passed away in February, I thought he had only retired.
You will be missed Pastor Arnold Murray.

Posted by: Jacmar

July 9, 2014 at 12:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I would first like to send my condolences to the Murray family. Secondly, Pastor Murray has been the greatest teacher of Gods word. He will be greatly missed but he will be even more welcomed with The Lord. I do as Pastor Murray tells us everyday stay in his word everyday even with trouble. Do you know why because that makes Gods day and when you make his boy is he going to make your day. Jesus is the living word.

Posted by: Sherrie1262

September 26, 2014 at 8:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )