Helen H. Murray

Died: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
Location: Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service

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Helen Purdy Holloway Murray, 71, died Friday, November 3, 2017 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in March.  She was the daughter of the lateClaude Robert Holloway, Jr. and Rose Purdy Holloway. Born November 5, 1945, in Monroe, NC, she was raised in Bennettsville, SC, graduating from Bennettsville High School in 1963.   She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Winthrop University in 1967 and did graduate work in guidance and counseling at the University of South Carolina. 


After teaching school for four years in Charleston (where she lived on Rainbow Row) and Wallace, SC, she began a career with the SC Employment Security Commission in Kingstree, SC.  She eventually movedto the state office as the state training director in Columbia in 1974 at which time she was included in Who’s Who of American Women.  Over the years, she was fortunate to have traveled throughout the country, many trips being with her ex-husband, Emery Murray. Her extensive involvement with the agency’s professional associations, including SC Chapter President and international board member, led to even more travel, eventually taking her to 35 states.


Upon retirement in 2000, she worked for a time with Milliken Forestry, a private forestry management and consulting firm which she found fascinating.  At the same time, she indulged a love of all things vintage and maintained a booth at Old Mill Antique Mall in West Columbia, which she called her favorite place on earth.  She worked there for the last 10 years and the staff and dealers there became like family. Like her mother, Helen had a love for animals and flowers.


She is survived by a sister, Margaret (Cal) Humbert of Maxton, NC; a brother, John (Dona) Holloway of Greer, SC; 3 nephews, Alan (Lucky) Holloway of Greenville, SC, Steve Humbert of Lumberton, NC, Michael Humbert of Lumberton, NC, and one niece, Lauren (Chris) Winter of Spartanburg, SC.


She is also survived by her second family, Mike and Margaret Causey and their daughters Lauren and Teresa, who treated her like their own.  Her family members will be eternally grateful for the incredible comfort and support that was given to Helen at such a difficult time by these remarkable people.


A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00pm at Moseley Funeral & Cremation Service, 914 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Candy Dish Fund at Old Mill Antique Mall, 300 State Street, West Columbia, SC  29169.


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   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:,4)

Sandy Simpson
   Posted Sat November 11, 2017
Helen, I sure will miss you. We had some great times over the years. Thank you Margie and Mike for all your love to Helen.

   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
I wanted to reach out to you during this sad time to offer my condolences. While nothing will completely take away your grief, by meditating on God's promises found in the Bible, you can find real hope and the strength to keep going. I have found the scripture at Isaiah 25:8 to be especially comforting. Here it promises that God "will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces."

Dona F. Holloway
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017


For Helen Murray’s memorial service With Love from, John & Dona Holloway, Alan, Lucky, & Ian Holloway, & Lauren & Chris Winter

Carol Herndon Crouse
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
Helen & I grew up together in Bennettsville were classmates and good friends.
Margaret & family & friends may God bless you all.
Rest in peace Helen

John HughMoody
   Posted Tue November 14, 2017
Helen and I were classmates in high school. Our prayers are with the family.

Ronnie Bonds
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Helen and I grew up together and she my dear friend for as long as I can remember.
I share your loss.

Ronnie Bonds
   Posted Thu November 16, 2017
Helen and I grew up together and she was my dear friend for as long as I can remember.
I share your loss.

Margaret Humbert
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017


Love, Margaret, Cal, Steve, and Michael Humbert

Mildred Jones Crenshaw
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.

Fletcher Stubbs
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Helen's passing. I have many memories of the Holloway home and this wonderful family. May God grant you peace and comfort.

Billy McCrary (William R), Florence
   Posted Sat November 18, 2017
I was so surprised when Margaret called last week. I know how things can be when someone has cancer, as Mama did last year, and I was so glad to have Holloways/Humberts at her funeral; Helen and I had a good e-mail exchange. I look forward to being with you-all tomorrow afternoon. God bless all her family (and extended). Billy

Mary Lightsey
   Posted Sun November 19, 2017
May you rest in peace -- I enjoyed the years we worked together at SCESC. You will truly be missed by all who knew and loved you.

Ted Thompson
   Posted Mon December 31, 2018
I just heard of Helen's passing. She was a dear friend in the 60's. We had many fun times dancing at Bennettsville parties. She will be missed

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