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CDR USN Lyndon Conway Murchison, Jr.

CDR Murchison, Jr., (Retired US Navy) was born in Raleigh, NC, in 1936, to L.C. Murchison and Louise Burke Murchison.He attended school in Raleigh at Cathedral Latin High School and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1959. He was commissioned in the Navy that year and served for over 20 years in various assignments. These included duties as a Surface Warfare Officer on a minesweeper, duties on several destroyers, and a tour in Vietnam as Officer in Charge of a River Patrol Boat Base on the Perfume River near Hue. He earned a Masters Degree from the NavyGÇÖs Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and did a tour in Washington at the Bureau of Naval Personnel.From 1974 to 1978 he was the Commanding Officer of the USS Edward McDonnell, Nuclear Destroyer stationed in Mayport, FL. Conway was the youngest ever to have command of a nuclear destroyer. As Commanding Officer his mission/assignments included tours to the Far East, Europe and other ports around the world.Once Conway retired from the Navy, he worked for Advanced Technology in Jacksonville for five years as a project manager and for RS&H Jacksonville as a project manager in Saudi Arabia for 16 months. Returning home to Ponte Vedra Beach, he continued to play GÇ£atGÇ¥ golf with friends in Jacksonville Beach. When the TPC Sawgrass Club completed the Valley Course in 1988, Conway went to work there and filled a variety of roles for 20 years for the PGA Tour at the TPC. He retired from the TPC in 2008.A lifelong UNC Tar Heels fan, Conway passionately followed Tar Heels basketball and made sure all his friends new his loyalties. He is preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Anne Hogan (Raleigh, NC). He is survived by his twin brother, M.B. Murchison, wife, Terri (Hastings, FL); brother, W.J. Murchison wife, Kitty (Cooper City, FL); brother-in-law, John F. Hogan (Raleigh, NC); 13 nieces and nephews, 21 grand nieces and nephews, one great grand nephew and one great grand niece - all of whom are terrific. He also acknowledges and deeply appreciates hundreds of friends from his Navy days and those who work at the TPC/PGA, and the Tour Players in PVB. His thanks go out to neighbors and two great friends, Shepherd Boggs and the Snipes family, who have been next door neighbors for 36 years. His best thanks go to nephew, Glenn Murchison and his family in Ponte Vedra Beach, his best friend for 25 years.CDR Murchison was interred at sea by the U.S. Navy. CDR Murchison requested that prayers be offered for the repose of his soul to heaven along with prayers for those in the military who have died overseas fighting for us. All our service members deserve our thanks and support. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Florida, 32257.Information obtained from the News Observer online, www.newsobserver.com