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Bill Murff dead at 80 years

Bill Murff, 80, of Crosby, was born November 13, 1935, in Limestone County, TX and passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in a local hospital.

He was a graduate of Brazosport High School and Sam Houston State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and Master’s Degree in Education.

He taught agriculture at Jones High School and Furr High School in Houston, and then Crosby High School while farming on the side. He turned his love of farming into a fulltime occupation, transitioning from teaching to farming.

He was the owner and operator of Murff Turf Farm in Crosby. He was a former longtime member of the Eastside Church of Christ and a current member of the Northeast Church of Christ. He was proud of his Crosby community and was a member of the Crosby Historical Society.

He was a longtime board member of Crosby State Bank and then CommunityBank of Texas. He was also a Florida College board member and a member of the Tuesday morning breakfast club at the Baytown Cracker Barrel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martel and Daisy Murff.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Elaine Murff, sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Jenny Murff and Lindy and Amanda Murff, and daughter and son-in-law, Renee and Steve Martin, all of Crosby; brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Murial Murff of St. George, UT; grandchildren, Dustin and Jordan Martin, Abbey and Jack Murff, and Noah, Emma, and Cooper Murff; and numerous friends.

His family will receive friends at Navarre Funeral Home Friday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at Eastside Church of Christ, 3107 N. Alexander Dr., Baytown, TX 77520, with Tony Mauck officiating. A private burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Crosby. Serving as pallbearers will be R. D. Burnside, Dwight Chaney, Johnny Enderli, Mike Thomas, Mark Walker, and Greg Wallace.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Bill and Elaine Murff Endowed Scholarship Fund, Florida College, 119 North Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617, (813) 988-5131,

To view the online obituary or to post a tribute for the family, go to www. navarrefuneral home. com.

Bickley receives Terry Davis Award

HIGHLANDS – A large crowd was on hand last Thursday night, as the Highlands Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce held their annual Awards Ceremony and Installation of Board and Officers.

The featured speaker was State Representative Wayne Smith, and the presigious Terry Davis Award was presented to Highlands Resident Archie Bickley. Bickley attended with a large contingent of his family and friends.

Bickley is well known in the community for his service to various organizatioins, and his work with the Sampson Masonic Lodge.

The Terry Davis Award, given each year to someone who has shown outstanding service to the community, and is determined by a popular vote of Chamber members and the public.

Chamber executive director Jessica Woods mentioned Bickley’s presence at many community events, such as annual clean-up, food drives, youth sports, scouts, and holiday celebrations in the park.

The awards ceremony was held at Monument Inn, and the emcee for the evening was outgoing president Traci Dillard, and later new president Jim Wadzinski.

Judge Mike Parrott, in the last year of his term before retirement, swore in the new and returning board members.

State Representative Wayne Smith was the keynote speaker of the evening. He welcomed the guest and new board, and then told of his years as a civil engineer, a veteran, a resident of Baytown for 40 years, a Rotarian, and in the 84th Legislature he was chair of the License & Administrative Procedures committee. He then covered the highlights of the session.

Awards were presented by new president Jim Wadzinski. Jim then proceeded to outline a plan of action for his term as chairman in the coming year, including improving government relations, getting to work with the school districts, helping decide how to use the waste pits monies, and restoring the Chamber building.