Dr. Don  Murray
Dr. Don "Coach" Murray, age 76, of Cohutta, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at Hamilton Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Linda Murray; parents, Donald and Marie Murray; brother, Kent Murray; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Margie Meadows; brother-in-law, James Meadow, Jr.

In 1943, Dr. Don "Coach" Murray was born into a military family in Cambridge, MA. He was raised in Panama City, Florida. Coach was a graduate of Florida State University where he excelled in baseball and football. During his days at Florida State University he was blessed to have played in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. He was married in 1967 to his wife Linda and they remained together for over 50 years. After graduation, Coach began a long and extensive teaching career spanning over 50 years. He received his doctorate of education degree in 1994 from Nova Southeastern University. His coaching career lasted for 53 years, ranging from Florida to Georgia. Coach's favorite play to open every game was 38/39 DIVE. He always wanted to attack his opponent straight on. Since 1981, Coach was blessed with the opportunity to have coached many fine individuals at Northwest Whitfield, North Murray and Southeast Whitfield. Coach has won over a hundred football games in his head coaching career, but has always given the credit back to his players and staff.
Coach is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Angie Murray of Chatsworth, Todd and Kristy Murray of Ringgold and Chad and Amy Murray of Cohutta; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Eilene Murray; grandchildren, Lexi Harrell, Julian Murray, Rebekah Murray, Madison Murray, Luke Murray and Ryan Murray.
The funeral service will be held Sunday, January12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home with Reverend David Eaton officiating. Burial will be in United Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 5:00pm from 8:00 p.m.
You may leave the family a message at www.julianpeeples.com
Funeral arrangements are by Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Dalton. For more information, call 706-259-7455.

AND, Yes, televised football will be aired during the viewing...
"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-victorious." - Vince Lombardi.
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Rob Ferguson Boca Ciega High School Football '77-'78
Jan 15, 2020
I give this MAN lots of credit for instilling me with mental toughness and perseverance. He wanted the best for us by making us try harder than we ever thought possible. RIP Big Daddy Don...
Chuck Bryant
Jan 13, 2020
One of the greatest man I ever knew where they were on the field in the classroom or in life he always had time to talk to you I will miss you Coach and thank you for all that you’ve done you’re probably sitting up there sitting the place up there for football In heaven
Letici Garcia Zamora
Jan 12, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Chad and worked with Coach Murray during the summer. Every time I saw him in the hallways he always smiled and said hello. He was a great man and will be missed. I keep all his family in my prayers.
Gene & Frances Swantic
Jan 11, 2020
Our prayers go out to Scott, Chad, and Todd. Our last conversation with Coach Murray was as we sat together at a football game and he related how proud he was of his sons and family. He left a great legacy. Rest in heavenly peace.
Sebrina Wofford
Jan 10, 2020