Rev. James E. Murrin, Jr., age 76, of Vernon Rd., W. Salem Twp., quietly passed from this life into the waiting arms of his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, on March 31, 2018 surrounded by family and loved ones. 

He was born in Greenville on March 20, 1942 to James E. Murrin, Sr. and Ethelwyn “Becky” (Fry) Murrin.  He was a 1961 graduate of Reynolds High School and was ordained into the ministry on October 4, 1981.  James, a faithful servant of his Lord and Savior, was a member of Crossroads Christian Fellowship, where he had participated in several mission trips, including Honduras and Kentucky.  He was most recently employed a Target Industries, Kinsman, OH and had previously been employed as a clerk for 26 years at the former Trinity Industries. 

James loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman and belonged to the White Oak Shooting Club.  He also enjoyed riding his big green tractor, playing the guitar and volunteering with the Harmonicaaires. 

On September 7, 1961 he married the former Patricia R. Grinnell, she survives at home.  Also surviving are two daughters, Alicia Link and her husband Francis of Dayton, OH and Maureen Tishov and her husband Dennis of Greenville; four sons, Dean Murrin of Greenville, Jeremy Murrin and his wife Shelly of Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Justin Murrin and his wife Nicole of Greenville and Jared Murrin and his wife Corrie of Greenville; a sister, Charlotte Crawford and her husband Bill of Watkinsville, GA and four brothers, Raymond Murrin and his wife Nita of Greenville, William Murrin and his wife Vonna of Enterprise, AL, Charles Murrin and his wife Marlene of Greenville and Todd Murrin and his wife Karen of Greenville; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant granddaughter, Amber Lee Murrin.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of James E. Murrin, Jr.  may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America at



  1. Patricia Koren Patricia Koren
    April 2, 2018    

    To Patty,children and all of the family Iam so sorry to hear about JIM I loved that man so very much. I am in Florida and will not make it home for the service but want you to know you will be in my thoughts and prayers!!!!

  2. Kim & Tom Hyde Kim & Tom Hyde
    April 3, 2018    

    so very sorry for your family’s loss,if we can do anything for you Todd,please let us know

  3. Judy Musgrave Judy Musgrave
    April 3, 2018    

    Dearest family members.. deepest of sympathy to all of you..God just called a very special child home. Jim was a man who I admired very much. He gave me strength at some rough times in my own life and always will remember that when I would tell him I don’t have faith like he does he would always say Faith comes from God not inside of us… so sorry for your loss I pray for strength for you all love and prayers

  4. Mary Ann Stuyvesant Mary Ann Stuyvesant
    April 3, 2018    

    So very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim, Charolette & I were classmates at PJHS. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Minnie (Field) Stuyvesant

  5. Liz Bolster Liz Bolster
    April 3, 2018    

    Pat and family: On behalf of the Reynolds classmates of 1961, I want to express our sincere sympathy to you on Jim’s passing. He was a special guy and will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  6. The Osunbunmi’s, Dayton, OH The Osunbunmi’s, Dayton, OH
    April 3, 2018    

    Our condolences. You are all on our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Joseph L & Ann Marie Fry Joseph L & Ann Marie Fry
    April 3, 2018    

    Dear Pat, Bill, Vonna, Charlie, Marlene & the complete Murrin family, Our Deepest Sympathies to the family of Jim. Joe & I will always remember Jim’s beautiful personality & smile that he always shared with everyone that he came into contact with. He always had a heart of gold. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of sadness. May Jim finally be at peace now with Our Lord. God’s Blessings to his complete family!

  8. Jennifer Grover Jennifer Grover
    April 4, 2018    

    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of summer VBS at your church. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  9. Janet Smith Janet Smith
    April 4, 2018    

    Patti and All Families!!!All My Love And Prayers !!! What a Devoted Godly Loving Man Of God…….Till we Meet Again…

  10. Donna (Jones) Shields Donna (Jones) Shields
    April 4, 2018    

    Dear Patty. Andrew and family~
    So many fond memories of a man I looked up to as a believer. Such a gentle and kind spirit and one who will be truly missed. He always had a smile and never heard him not mention his love for our Savior. Our love and condolensces to the entire family as we celebrate his life.

  11. Lorrie Brannon Macko and son Ted Krueger Lorrie Brannon Macko and son Ted Krueger
    April 5, 2018    

    Our thoughts & prayers are with your family and we are so sorry about your loss.

    April 5, 2018    

    The world lost a very caring and loving man, but Heaven gained a wonderful angel. You will be missed Dad.

  13. Tracey ( Artman) Smith Tracey ( Artman) Smith
    April 6, 2018    

    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My deepest sympathies to the entire family. Thoughts of good childhood memories have flooded my mind! Love and prayers from Texas!

  14. Jim and Kathy Gillespie Jim and Kathy Gillespie
    April 8, 2018    

    Our deepest sympathy to all. We learned of Jim’s passing when my brother Ron told us. We were very sorry to hear of your loss. He truly was a gentle and kind man. Praying God holds you close now and always until you join him and our wonderful Savior. Our love and prayers from California.

  15. Anonymous Anonymous
    April 27, 2018    

    My sincere condolences to the family of Jim Murrin. I am Sally Wicklines daughter-in-law Val. My family met Jim through her and through the most loving church I’ve ever attended:
    the Christian Crossroads (after many members leaving former church and gathering at the Crossroads.) Jim was very sincere and helpful with so many things in life, very wise and patient and
    empathetic. He was a true blessing and my honor to have met and talked with many times. BLESSINGS N HUGS to the family and to all that Jim has touched in so many different ways.
    He will be sadly missed. A great individual!

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