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A Writer, a Glazier and an Actor…

As proprietor of frankmurphy.com, I feel a certain responsibility to all the Frank Murphys out there. My Google Alerts recently informed me of three Frank-related deaths. A man named Frank Murphy died on December 6 in Toledo, Ohio. His obituary described … Continue reading

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News Torque

The people who complained about the new Carson-Newman body farm reminded me of the people who complained about the new crematorium in Fountain City. Both sets of neighbors have unfounded worries about the effect of bodies on their neighborhoods. The … Continue reading

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Bread and Water

Katherine Jenkins returned to “Dancing with the Stars” to sing, not dance earlier this month. She and Placido Domingo performed “Come What May” on the October 2 results show. Host Tom Bergeron mentioned Katherine’s upcoming “This Is Christmas” album, which … Continue reading

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Appy Trails to You

The website for the National Museum of Funeral History offers this encouragement to those considering a visit: “The kids are out of school and it sure is hot in Houston. Don’t sweat it – come visit the museum and stay … Continue reading

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Boxing Day

Both of the crematories I’ve visited had recently installed a retort designed to hold larger bodies. The chamber at Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel can cremate people up to 1,000 pounds. As I wrote two years ago: People who weigh more than … Continue reading

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The Heat Is On

Jerry Griffey of the Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel offered some nice words of welcome to the members of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association and their guests on Thursday. He also asked if we wanted to tour their new crematory. … Continue reading

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Home Cooking

The cupcakes were almost gone by the time I got to the box, which made me happy. Members of the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy Alumni Association and their guests were enjoying the delicious mini-cupcakes that were donated by Scrumps Cupcakes … Continue reading

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Mix and Matches

The funeral home that handled the arrangements for my brother-in-law gave us an interesting item. They placed the Mass cards, guest book and memorial DVD in a reusable grocery bag with their logo on it. That same day, my sister … Continue reading

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O Res Mirabilis!

To this day, my wife still thanks me for encouraging (i.e. pushing) her to sing “Panis Angelicus” at her father’s funeral. He died eleven years ago this month. Yesterday, my wife sang that same song at her brother’s funeral. This … Continue reading

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Happy Disposition

The opening scene of last Wednesday’s episode of “The Middle” should be enough to earn award nominations for each of the five main cast members. The actors playing the Heck family displayed great comedic timing while driving home from Aunt … Continue reading

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Middlebrook Initial

A construction crew is hard at work converting the former Middlebrook Gardens into Click Funeral Home’s new Middlebrook Chapel. My wife and I have attended several funerals at Click’s Farragut Chapel. The new location is much more convenient to our … Continue reading

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Fountain of Truth

One day last week, while preparing for a speech to the Fountain City Business and Professional Association, I made a list of potential items to discuss. When I got stuck, I wrote down something something absurd just to get my … Continue reading

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Faith, Hope and Charity

Delores Hope was so Catholic that even her Presbyterian husband won an award from the Pope. Of course, Delores was married to the legendary Bob Hope for 69 years. They were generous benefactors of many children’s charities and of her … Continue reading

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Good Words About Good Deeds

“Would you like to say a few words about Grandma?” The request came in an email from my uncle. I’ve attended dozens of funerals in my life but this was the first time I was asked to eulogize the deceased. … Continue reading

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