James Heath "Jim" Murphy

James Heath “Jim” Murphy, 69, of Ozark, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 in Dothan.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, August 24, from the First United Methodist Church in Ozark with Reverends Dr. Jason Thrower, Stefan Margeson, and Dr. Billy Gaither officiating. Interment will follow in the Memory Garden at First United Methodist Church, Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home directing.

Jim was born on Sept. 17, 1949, in Enterprise, to the late Heath and Miriam Murphy of Enterprise. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1967 and Auburn University in 1972. Jim had a long career as a high school driver’s education teacher and football, baseball, basketball, golf, and track coach. Jim coached in numerous area schools with the majority of his career with Carroll High School in Ozark. Jim was incredibly passionate about his students and athletes and enjoyed keeping up with them throughout the years.

Jim was an avid golfer, fisherman and had a fierce love for the Auburn Tigers. Jim didn’t miss going to a home football game and was always excited to engage in conversation about the latest sports news. In the last few years, Jim became “Jim-Pop” to his two grandsons, and spending time with them was his greatest joy.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother.

Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Diane Townsend Murphy of Ozark; daughter, Katie (Javi) Handal of Panama City Beach, Fla.; son, Patrick Murphy of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Nina (Billy) Kennedy; sisters-in-law Judy McGaha and Pam Townsend; brother-in-law, Chip (Barbi) Townsend, all of Auburn; grandchildren, Jonah and Jordi Handal of Panama City Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 167 East Broad Street, Ozark, Alabama 36360 or a charitable cause of your choice.

You may sign a guest register at www.fuquabankston.com

Fuqua-Bankston Funeral Home, 508 Faust Avenue, Ozark, AL 36360, 334-774-4551