He Became an Orphan at a Young Age
At an early age, Murphy became skilled with a rifle, having hunted small game to help feed the family. His mother died of endocarditis and pneumonia in 1941, which meant Murphy became an orphan at the age of 16. When his mother died in 1942, Murphy as the oldest son was left to look after the younger children.
Murphy worked at a radio repair shop, a general store, garage, and gas station in Greenville. As for his siblings, authorities placed his three youngest siblings in Boles Children’s Home, a Christian orphanage.