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Murdock, James Lance
James Lance Murdock, age 69 of Galesburg, Illinois went home peacefully to his Heavenly Father, on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at home with his family by his side.

He was born on April 20, 1944 in Williamsfield, Illinois, the son of James H. and Mary Gibbs Murdock. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Lance and Ava Sloan Gibbs, and both siblings, Mary Ann Graves and Joe Murdock.

He married Louise Annette Webb on August 7, 1965 at the Dahinda Methodist Church. She survives of Galesburg. They raised three children: Annette Ferris, of Galesburg, Illinois; James Lance Matt (Deb) Murdock and Alan (Nicole) Murdock. Six grandchildren also survive: Tyler, Max, Carlie, Jayce, Paige and James Lance.

He loved auctioneering, traveling, tennis and basketball. His grandchildren were the light of his life.

He graduated from Williamsfield High School, Canton Community College and Western Illinois University. While in high school and college, he played eight years of basketball, track and baseball. He served as FFA President, receiving the Star Hand Award and the State Farmer Award.

He taught business classes at Knoxville High School and also coached basketball. He created the CWT Program at Knoxville High School. He owned the Knoxville Ice Company, Knoxville Auction Block and had a fundraising business. He was an insurance agent for American Family Life Insurance Company and was an independent agent for the rest of his life.

He served as Jaycee President and participated in the National Speech Contest in Atlanta, Georgia. He originated the statewide Jaycees Honey Sunday fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy. He taught Sunday School and served as a pack leader of Boy Scouts.

Jim loved volunteering and working on many projects. He was a member of Bethel Baptist church in Galesburg and Gideons.

Cremation rites are accorded. Visitation will be held 5:00 PM 7:00 PM on Monday, August 12, 2013 at Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, Illinois. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Bethel Baptist Church. Rev. Lee Johnson will officiate. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the family. Online condolences can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
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