History of the Restoration Movement

William B. Murrell


Brief Sketch of the Life of William B. Murrell, Sr.

William B. Murrell was born in McEwen, Tennessee on the June 8, 1925. He was married to Thelma Gafford July 29, 1945. They had two children, Bill, Jr. and Steve.

Bill Murrell grew up in a Christian home, his father J.H. Murrell, Sr., was a gospel preacher for more than 50 years. Thus, Bill received a steady diet of gospel influence all his life. He was baptized by A.J. Bachman July 16, 1938. In 1942 he began preaching at Union, near Chiefland, Florida. He attended Alabama Christian College, in Montgomery, Alabama. Bill also studied at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Through the years he preached for churches in Jacksonville, Alabama in 1948, Scott City, Kansas in 1949, Fultondale, Alabama from 1950 to 1953, Ashville, Alabama from 1953-1955, the Willowbranch church in Jacksonville, Florida form 1955-1958, and the church in Quincy, Florida from 1957. Further information is needed to follow his life's work.

Bill Murrell preached several gospel meetings, and attended to mission efforts in the Nassau, Bahama islands in 1958. He also did radio work on KIUL in Garden City, Kansas, WTNB, in Birmingham, Alabama, and WMGY in Montgomery, Alabama.

He passed from this life just one day short of his 57th birthday on June 7, 1982. He body was buried in the Montgomery Memorial Cemetery in the southwest part of that city. His wife, Thelma continued to live for several more years but passed away October 25, 2012.

-Scott Harp, Sources include Preachers of Today, Volumes 1 & 2.

Directions To The Grave of William B. Murrell

The Murrell family plot is located in the Montgomery Memorial Cemetery in southwest Montgomery, Alabama. Take I-65 south of Montgomery to Exit 170 and head west on W. Fairview Ave. Turn right on Air Base Blvd. Then turn left on Bozeman Dr. The road will head straight into the cemetery. When entering the cemetery, take the first left and go until the drive rounds to the right. Then you will stop the car and head into the plot on your left. If you will look back to your right you should see the Lord's Prayer Monument. It is a good landmark to see that you are in the right place. But, head into the section toward the trees. Be looking to see a monument that has two rather large bushes on either side of it. The Murrell plot will be about two or three rows in front of it.

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Montgomery Memorial Cemetery

Beautiful Lord's Prayer Landmark in the Middle of the Cemetery

Thelma G. Murrell
June 18, 1927
October 25, 2012
I Can Do All Things Through Christ

William B. Murrell
June 8, 1925
June 7, 1982
Blessed Are The Dead That Die In The Lord

Photos Taken 08.08.2013
Page Produced 10.11.2013
Courtesy of Scott Harp

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