Victor Murphy was born August 2, 1960, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the proud parents of Julius and Mary. Victor was the ninth of eleven children, and the youngest of eight boys. He was affectionately called “Vic” by family and friends.
Vic was educated in the Cleveland Municipal School District. He attended Woodland Hills Elementary, Nathan Hale Jr. High, and East Technical High School. He was well-liked among his peers. As an adolescent, Vic loved playing basketball and was very good at it. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends. One of his passions was playing the guitar. In the mid to late 70’s, Vic occasionally played the guitar with the Haymon Singers, a well-known family group who sang gospel music. Vic enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with his brothers and friends in his leisure time. He also loved to cook. One of his specialties was banana pudding. Vic was blessed to make money doing what he loved best, cooking. He found employment in the food industry, where he worked until his health no longer permitted him to.
Vic accepted Christ and was a faithful, active member of Blessed Hope Missionary Baptist Church, where he also joined the Male Chorus. He was baptized at Blessed Hope by his pastor, Pastor Johnny F. Twymon.
To know our brother was to love him. He was always happy, never complained, and loved his family and friends. Vic was preceded in death by his father Julius Smith and mother, Mary Smith, two brothers, Thomas and James Smith, and sister Mildred Johnson. He leaves to celebrate his memory five brothers; Melvin Murphy, Albert Murphy (Anita), Gary Murphy, Jerome Murphy, and Myron Murphy, two sisters; Julia Rogers (Doni), and Charlene Merritt (William), his best friend Jose Haymon, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends.