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One Monticello Life: Calvin Murphy

October 28th, 2007 by

I’ve known Calvin Murphy for several years, and the more I’m around him, the more I learn.

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Calvin, and his wife Mrs. Carolyn, operate O&M Oil Co., on East Gaines street.

Mr. Calvin has always lived in Drew County, and was born in the “Sipio” community, south of Ladelle and Lacey.  At the time, the Ashley, Drew, & Northern Railroad had a stop in that area.  Calvin grew up and graduated from Monticello High School.

Calvin started out as a meat cutter at “Clay’s Grocery Store”, which was located on North Main St., across from where Union Bank is now.

Calvin served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed at Ft. Chaffee, AR, Ft. Sill, OK, and was sent to Germany, shortly after the Korean War.  After he was released from the Army, he joined the National Guard, and served there until he’d completed 39 years of service to his country.

Next month, Calvin & Carolyn Murphy will have been married to each other for 50 years.

They have 2 grown children.  Their son, Les lives in Star City, and runs O&M’s bulk plant there.  Les is married to Jacque, who teaches 1st grade.  Calvin’s daughter, Kim, lives in Springdale, and teaches 1st grade there.  Kim is married to Rob Tanksley, who works at the Tyson corporate office.

Calvin got into the oil business back in the 1950’s, when he went to work for his father-in-law, Mr. Hellums Owen.  Back then, the station was at the corner of S. Main, and Shelton streets, and the bulk plant was located right where O&M is now.  This was when all “service stations” were “full service” stations.

Mr. Calvin told me, “I believe a man should work 5 days.”  He added, “Saturday is mine, and Sunday belongs to the Lord.”

On Saturday’s, if the Razorbacks play a home game, Calvin is usually somewhere close.  If the Hogs are playing an away game, he’s probably at Monticello Speedway.

On Sunday, he’ll be at Northside Baptist Church.  Calvin is the senior deacon at Northside and sings in the choir. “Quietly,” he adds.  Northside has been the only church he’s been a member of.

Over the years he has served as Sunday School teacher and director, “Training Union” teacher and director,  youth and building committees, and anywhere else that there was a need.

Calvin is also a member of Gideons, Int., which provides Bibles to schools, hospitals, and to our soldiers.

Mr. Calvin’s other passion, besides Mrs. Carolyn, is cars.  He has two “older” cars he’s working on restoring now. “Very slowly”, he comments.  One is a 1948 Lincoln Continental Mark I, and the other is a 1939 Cadillac LaSalle.

As you can tell by the photograph, Calvin Murphy loves his cars, and Mrs. Carolyn doesn’t like being in pictures.

Thanks, Calvin Murphy, for sharing your One Monticello Life. 

3 Responses to “One Monticello Life: Calvin Murphy”

  1. Nita McDaniel says:

    I have know Calvin Murphy as “Brother Calvin” for 15 years. Brother Calvin is a model of the Christian life. As senior deacon at Northside Baptist Church, he doesn’t give you sermons or lectures on what’s wrong with you, instead he gives a constant, quiet, and unwaivering example of how to live through his everyday lifestyle. God Bless Brother Calvin and Mrs. Carolyn for what they give us through their exemplary life together.

  2. Lee Ann says:

    I have known Mr. Calvin for quite some time and he has always been a model of the Christian life as Nita said. He has been my Sunday School teacher and is now my daughter’s teacher. I feel very blessed to call him and Carolyn my friend and mentor. They are such a great couple and it is a lot of fun to be with them. My kids adore Mr. Calvin and Mrs. Carolyn! They are like having an extra set of grandparents and that is a blessing. Congratulations on your upcoming 50th wedding anniversary! I love you both very much!

  3. Chris says:

    I’ve only known Bro.Calvin for a few years ,but during those years my family and I have been truly blessed.He always offers encouragement to us.I can only give words of thanks to Calvin Murphy.He is always a smile waiting for the children of his Sunday school class.I just hope that I could only be half the gentleman that Calvin is.Thanks Brother Calvin for all that you’ve done for our church,communitty,and my family

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