Worley McMurray Jr. was born on Friday, November 2nd, 1945 to the union of Worley and Ardella McMurray Sr. (Taylor) in Pinebluff, Arkansas. The family relocated from Pine Bluff to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s. Worley was affectionately better known as “LilBro” , by both friends and family, a name that was given to him by his eldest sister as a young boy. This name remained with Worley well into adulthood. As a young man, Worley worked in Roth restaurant chain for several years before enlisting in the United States Army, on Thursday, March 3rd, 1966. Upon enlisting, Worley was deployed to Vietnam to join his fellow soldiers in fighting for freedom and unity. Worley received an honorable discharge on Thursday, March 2nd, 1972 with rank of E-4 specialist, something Worley was extremely proud of.
On Thursday, November 2nd, 1967, Worley married the love of his life, Brenda Joyce Goodman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To this union four children were born: Troy (July 1968-October 1968), Rosa Dionne (1971), Danielle (1974) and Albair Tareem (1977) McMurray were all born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Worley was a hard worker all his life and was diligent about taking care of his wife and children by providing a loving supportive home. After an honorable discharge from the military, Worley began work at Evenrude Corporation as a machine specialist. Following Worley’s tenure at Evenrude, Worley embarked on his next career path with the City of Milwaukee, from 1983 to 2007 when he retired.
Worley took great pride in being a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, cousin, and uncle. Worley had an amazing sense of humor coupled with his quick wit and ability to quickly provide a hilarious one-liner rebuttal in any given converation while displaying his beautiful smile and dimples.
In the summer of 2016, Worley and Brenda relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to continue enjoying the joys of their retirement. Worley enjoyed watching sports, spending time with family, taking frequent walks, and long drives.
Worley was proceeded in death by his son Troy McMurray in October 1968, his father Worley McMurray Sr and his loving wife of 53 years Brenda Joyce McMurray (2021). Worley leaves many who loved him greatly and who will miss his presence and insight, including mother Ardella Taylor, daughters Rosa Dionne White (Bryant) and Danielle Lewis (Kinieth), and son Albair Tareem McMurray (Kesha). In addition to his children, Worley had great love and admiration for his grandchildren and enjoyed telling them stories about his youth. Worley’s grandchildren include Keirra Royale Simone Lewis, Kineith Maynard Lewis III, Kealie Dionne White, Albair Tareem McMurray Jr., Keyana Donya Sandra White and Kennedy Corday McMurray. Worley also felt blessed to have a great-grandson named Caleb. Worley's siblings all held a special place in his heart and they will miss his presence including: Alcenia Scott, LeVanial (Nate) McMurray, Christine Guard, Mamie Kendrick, Dennis McMurray, and Tony McMurray.
Worley wouldn’t want you to grieve his passing, but instead celebrate his life and philosophy of "family over everything". He’s now with his Savior Jesus Christ and reunited again with the one love of his life, Brenda Joyce McMurray, in heaven for eternity.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, January 10, 2022, 11:00 A.M., at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Huntersville. Interment, with Military Honors, will follow the service at Salisbury National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:30 A.M. - 11:00 A.M., prior to the services.