Matthew Murray

Matthew Robert Murray, 32, of Ripley, West Virginia, lost his battle with addiction on September 17, 2020.   Matt was born on November 9, 1987, the beloved, only son of Bob and Janet Murray.  He could quickly find common ground with anyone he met. We would be remiss in not mentioning the infectious laugh for which he has been well-known since he was a little boy. “The goofy giggle!” He was a 2006 graduate of Ripley High School, and attended Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, Virginia. Matt attended Glenville State College and West Virginia University- Parkersburg where he intended to complete his education this year.  Matt retained life-long friends from each of these encounters.

During childhood and into his teen years, Matt loved playing sports and was a talented athlete.  He played on several traveling teams and always fondly remembered the friendships made through these leagues, especially the groups who traveled to Cooperstown, New York.  He loved music and enjoyed working at radio stations in Parkersburg and in Huntington.   

Throughout his adult life, Matt constantly battled addiction.  There were periods where he found sobriety, and during these times, he was able to make wonderful memories that his family and friends will always cherish.  Matt had a servant’s heart for others.  He would often use his limited resources to give a hand up to someone less fortunate.  Though the most recent time in Matt’s life has been happy, it does not dull the pain that comes with knowing the light of a funny, intelligent, kind-hearted spirit was taken from our lives by a senseless and relentless drug.  During the years of his fight with this disease, there were definite times of darkness, but we believed until the moment he drew his last breath that he would overcome addiction.  We take comfort in knowing that Matt is now in the arms of our Savior and surrounded by light, free from the chains that held him here on earth.

Matt was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, C.R. “Bob” and Colleen Murray and his maternal grandmother, Freeda Bush.  Left to honor his memory are his parents of Ripley; sister, Katheryn Ogle (Nathaniel); niece and nephew, Alexandra and Henry Ogle of Knoxville, Tennessee; maternal grandfather, Robert E. Bush, of Spencer; aunts and uncles Susan (Nick) Mercer of London, UK; Roberta (Randall) Board of Spencer, William E. Bush (Tammy) of Spencer, Kristina (Roger) Starcher of Walton, and Russ Murray (Monica) of Parkersburg.  Matt will also be fondly remembered by his cousins and friends, both of whom he has many.

Our family asks that you realize that no one is immune to the epidemic of opioid and heroin addiction that spoils so many lives.  We fought as hard as we knew how to help Matt, and our constant hope of his recovery dashed so senselessly is devastating. We will miss him every day.  In honor of his memory, please donate to the recovery program of your choice, and please pray for individuals and families affected by addiction. 

Due to the current pandemic, a private service is planned.

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Arrangements provided by Casto Family Funeral Homes of Evans, Ravenswood, Mason and New Haven.

Posted online on September 24, 2020