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JoAnn (Tatham) Murray

August 17, 1932 ~ April 22, 2020 (age 87)


     JoAnn Tatham Murray of Covington, IN went home to be with her Lord Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville, Indiana.

     JoAnn was born August 17, 1932 in Canton, NC, the daughter of Leamon and Tula (Cogburn) Tatham. On July 10, 1949 JoAnn married William “Bill” Murray, who passed away on February 27, 1980. JoAnn and Bill left their home in the beautiful Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and moved to Covington, IN in 1956 to help with the startup of the Olin Cellophane plant.

     JoAnn is survived by one daughter, Janice (Mike) Cunningham of Covington, one brother John (Pat) Tatham of Spartanburg, SC, two sisters, Nancy Ammons of Kernersville, NC and Gail Henson of Arden, NC, three grandsons, Andy (Kim) Cunningham of Syracuse, IN, Jon (Maribeth) Cunningham of Westfield, IN, and Phil (Madi) Cunningham of Covington, IN, two great-grandsons, Will and Jack Cunningham of Westfield, IN,  several nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.  Also surviving are her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leroy and Lila Jo Murray of Canton, NC, and stepbrother Stewart Clark of Boseman, MT. In addition to her husband Bill, JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, stepmother Georgia Tatham, one son, Dennis F. Murray, a brother, David Tatham, a brother-in-law Ken Henson, stepbrother Stephen Clark, and nephew Mark Murray.

     JoAnn was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Covington, IN. She was a former member of First Baptist Church, Covington, IN for 52 years where she served the Lord in various ministries. She served as secretary to several Pastors and was Treasurer at First Baptist Church and Christian School for many years. JoAnn taught Sunday School classes, lead women’s Bible Study Groups, was a counselor for many young people in Bible Clubs and summer camps. She loved her family, especially her three grandsons and two great-grandsons. She had much wisdom to share and was a great example for them. Because JoAnn had endured much hardship and adversity in her life, she was very sensitive and understanding of other’s problems. Always with a smile, she was a great listener and prayer warrior for her family and friends. A faithful servant of her Lord, she was looking forward to her home in heaven. She had truly fought the good fight.

     Over the past few years, JoAnn had been in several assisted living and health centers for her care. The family would like to thank all the many healthcare providers that have loved and cared for her. God bless you all for your labor of love.

     Private family services will be at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Covington, Indiana 420 3rd St. Covington, Indiana 47932 with Pastor Kenneth Jones officiating.  She will be laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery, Covington.  Memorial contributions may be sent to Maranatha Baptist Church or the Covington Community Foundation. Please join her family in sharing condolences, memories, photos, and videos through her Tribute Wall at

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