The Journey of Life\n“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7\n\nLarry Anthony Murray was born August 1, 1951 to Edith G. Spicer-Murray and the late George Andrew Murray, Sr. in Dorchester County, Maryland. Larry suddenly departed his earthly home for his Heavenly Home on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.\n\t\nLarry proudly graduated with the class of 1969 from Maces Lane High School, Cambridge, Maryland. With strong support and encouragement from his mother Edith, Mrs. Thelma Cornish (paternal aunt) and her husband Thomas Cornish, he continued his education at Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in Electrical Engineering and receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1975.\n\t\nAlthough Larry was proud of his successful academic accomplishments, one of his major fulfillments and experienced “pain” was his induction into the brotherhood of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity - Mighty RhoPsi 1970. Larry’s Line Name was “Ostentatious 10” and his Line Position was “Showdog.” \n\t\nFollowing Larry’s graduation from college, he began his professional career at the Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, United States Naval Base in Annapolis, Maryland. This was an extension of an intern program that he was given the opportunity to pursue after graduating from high school, and which he was able to continue during the semester breaks while in college.\n\t\nLarry’s passion for his chosen career field in Electrical Engineering really heightened when he accepted a position with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida in 1978 as an Electrical Power Distribution Engineer and aggressively advanced to a NASA Senior Systems Engineer. Larry directed and managed the efforts of a team of Engineers responsible for the day-to-day assembly, checkout, and integrated testing of the Space Shuttle Orbiter, external Tank, Solid Rocket Boasters and Payloads. Larry received numerous awards for his significant accomplishments in support of NASA’s Space Program: NASA John F. Kennedy (JFK) Certificate of Commendation; NASA Group Performance Award; NASA Vandenberg Air Force Base (California) Letter of Recommendation; NASA Outstanding Performance award; NASA JFK Employee of the Month; and NASA JFK Letter of Appreciation.\n\t\nLarry’s Christian life began at a young age at Waugh Chapel United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Maryland. Upon his early retirement, and return to Maryland in 2007, after residing in Florida for 29 years, Larry became an active member of Hopkins United Methodist Church (UMC) in Highland, Maryland. He served as a committed member of the Hopkins UMC Trustee Committee. When Hopkins was the host Church, he diligently supported the United Methodist Men and other members of the church in providing a week-long overnight stay, including transportation, food, and shelter to the homeless. He faithfully participated, and spiritually contributed to the weekly Bible Study Ministry, continuing remotely (when possible) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Giving of himself to others, providing assistance, sharing life experiences, and mentoring to young people were Larry’s defining qualities. Larry could, and would, talk to anybody on any subject.\n\t\nLarry was unique, and because of his charismatic personality, most of the time, it was pleasurable to be in his company. He had an opinion about everything. Notably, there was always three sides to everything - his side, your side, and the truth. Larry could argue or disagree better than most defense lawyers. \n\t\nLarry was an avid Las Vegas Raiders Football fan. On several occasions he connected with his Fraternity Brothers to attend the action-packed Super Bowl Football games. \n\t\nLarry genuinely loved his family, and especially his adopted family in Florida – Kenny Stephens and Tina Stephens, who claimed Larry as their father figure, and sons – Jordan, Jaden, and Jasen. Larry would proudly introduce the boys as his “grandsons.”\n\t\nThroughout Larry’s childhood, adolescent, adult years, and particularly during this last year, as he battled health challenges, he was most appreciative of the strengthening friendship and brotherly love shared with Isaac “Ike” Downs. The memory of the consistent and unselfish support and encouragement provided by Ike to Larry, Judy, Lori, Keith, and Mother Edith during Larry’s illness remains a welcome comfort to the family even during this sorrowful season. As we reflect on recent events and conversations with Larry, seemingly Larry’s attitude over the last few months has been as written in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “To everything there is a season; a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”\n\nLarry leaves to cherish fond memories: His wife, Judith (Judy) Moore-Murray; mother, Edith Spicer-Murray; children, Lori Michelle Murray (Columbia, MD), Keith LaMarr Trimble (Nashville, TN); siblings, Ethel Murray, Bernadette Murray, Jewel Camper, Yolanda Murray, Andrew Anderson (Elsie), Kevin Smith (Monica), Watina Green, Sharon Green-Foster, and James Green; grandchildren: Hanna Crowmwell, Kanisha Trimble, Kamaria Yokley, Tavon Johnson, Richard Parker; great-grandchildren, Jeremiah Crowmwell, Destiny Parker, Kamylah Trimble; mother-in-law, Dorothy Moore; sisters and brothers-in-law: Helen Murray, Patricia Sharp, Everee Johns, Barbara Moore, Ellen Morgan (Gene), Winnie Palabon (Ricky), Victoria Moore, Jerome Moore, Michael Smith (Andrea), Arnold Myers; a devoted cousin: Lauretta Freeman of Worton, MD; dear friends, Isaac Downs III, Zephre Brison, Mrs. Dorothy Trimble; adopted family: Kenny and Tina Stephens, Jordan, Jaden, Jasen; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.\n\nLarry was preceded in death by his daughter, Shirley D. Parker, his father, George A. Murray, Jr., a sister, Edith Murray-Cornish and four brothers, Dwight Johns, George Murray III, Rudolph Sharp, and Gregory Murray.