Andrew Adolphus Murdock Sr. transitioned from life early Saturday morning, August 28, 2021. Andrew was born in Marianna, Arkansas on June 24, 1937. He was the 2nd eldest of 6 children born to the late Claude and Alberta (Roe) Murdock.
Andrew was educated in Lee County and graduated from R.R. Moton High School in 1955. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army. On his return, he started an extensive career as a cement finisher in South Bend, Indiana where he would spend more than 60 years of life.
For 26 of those years, Andrew was a devoted pastor to the members of the First Baptist Church of Kings Lake in Rochester, Indiana.
Affectionately known as “Daddy” by his children, “Paw-Paw” by his grandchildren, “Bubba” by his siblings, and “Rev. Murdock” by his church family. Andrew truly believed in the value of family, discipline, and a strong work ethic. He accepted Christ as his Savior at an early age and shared his love for Christ with all who knew him. His parents instilled in him the importance of hard work and respect for elders. His sisters, brothers, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends looked up to him as children and as adults.
He was a loving husband, awesome father, and devoted pastor. His ultimate joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid card player and was always eager to play a game of spades/Bid whist at every family gathering. His infectious laugh will be remembered by all who knew him. He faced his illness with courage, faith, and resilience. We were there to support him, but as usual, he ministered to us throughout his transition to heavenly peace.
Andrew was reunited in death with his parents, Claude and Alberta Murdock; brother, Claude II; sisters: Jacqueline, Alma, and Ora; daughter, Jackie; and grandsons: Reggie Jr. and A.J.
Left to treasure a legacy of precious memories are his wife, Barbara (Alexander) Murdock; sons: Darryl (Kathleen) Murdock, Andrew (Cynthia) Murdock II of South Bend, Indiana, Marvin (Cynthia) Murdock Sr., Anthony (Latrece) Murdock Sr. of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Reginald (Willie) Murdock Sr. of Marianna, Arkansas; brother, W.H. Calvin (Linda) Murdock of Marianna, Arkansas; as well as 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; a special aunt, Laura (Francis) Fisk of South Bend, Indiana; and beloved extended family members and friends.
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