Mr. Curtis Marshall Murdaugh, 87, of Smoaks, entered into rest Monday morning, November 21, 2022, at the Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro.
Born May 15, 1935, in Colleton County, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Curtis H. “Jack” Murdaugh and the late Mary Elinor Maxey Murdaugh. He served faithfully in the South Carolina National Guard prior to beginning a career that spanned some fifty-four years with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. With the Department of Transportation, he served as the Resident Construction and Maintenance Engineer for Dorchester County, a job that he dearly loved and faithfully served through two retirements. He received the first annual engineer of the year award from the Department of Transportation and was also awarded the designated “Order of the Silver Crescent” by The Honorable Mark Sanford in 2010 for his meritorious service to the State of South Carolina. He served for over twenty years on the Dorchester County Transportation Authority Board and was recently appointed to the County Transportation Committee for Colleton County. Both Colleton and Dorchester Counties held very special places in Marshall’s heart and his service to them were both equally important to him. Marshall was also named as manager of the Wildflower Program in South Carolina which was responsible for the planting of wildflowers along Interstate 95 as well as Interstate 26 through-out the District 6 area.
He was a lifetime member of Smoaks Baptist Church and was a Master Mason holding membership at Smoaks Masonic Lodge, No. 231 – Ancient Free Masons. For over forty years, he served as the secretary and treasurer for the Smoaks Hunting Club. Marshall was a man who always silently served his fellowman. He believed that the lives he touched were paramount to the legacy that he would leave. He also believed in helping others, and each year he took pride in sharing the harvest of his very bountiful crop with almost everyone he knew in Colleton as well as Dorchester counties. He was always present, always pleasant, and always a friend.
Surviving are: his wife, the love of his life for sixty-five years, Mrs. Sadie Muller Murdaugh; three children, Dean Murdaugh (Phil) of Long Beach, California; Curt Murdaugh and his wife Alesa of Round O; and Mike Murdaugh and his wife Dell of Smoaks; two sisters, Myrtle Bentley of Walterboro and Judy Axson and her husband Bobby of Columbia; four grandchildren, Kayla Murdaugh and her husband Ian Moore of Simpsonville; Kristen Murdaugh of Vienna, Austria; Samantha Murdaugh of Round O; and Keel Murdaugh of Smoaks; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Roma Muller of Lexington; as well as a host of extended family members. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Allie Murdaugh; a sister, Mary Ola McAlhaney; and four brothers-in-law, The Reverend Johnny Muller, Ted Bentley, Roy H. McAlhaney, and Tommie Kinard.
Flowers will be accepted or for those that wish, the family has requested that memorials be directed in his memory to the following: Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, 810 Maxwell Ave, Greenwood, South Carolina 29646 or Colleton County Relay for Life, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, South Carolina 29406.
The Relatives and Friends of Mr. Marshall Murdaugh are invited to attend his funeral services which will be conducted at 2:30pm Friday afternoon, November 25, 2022, from The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapel, Walterboro. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Hendersonville Highway, Walterboro. The Reverend Jack Padgett will be officiating. The family has requested that members of Smoaks Masonic Lodge, No. 231 serve as honorary escorts and their presence is requested at the funeral chapel at 2 o’clock that afternoon.
The family will receive friends prior to the funeral ceremony beginning at 1 o’clock that afternoon at THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Hwy, Walterboro, SC, 29488. Visit the guestbook online at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.