James Gilbert McMurry passed from this life Sunday morning, January 2, 2022. A native of Winnfield, Louisiana, he resided in Baton Rouge since 1964, when he moved here with his family to accept a position as professor of Industrial & Technical Education, at LSU. He remained at LSU for the duration of his career, eventually rising to the position of department chairman.
He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern State University, where he also met his future wife, Jeanette Wood McMurry in a dance class they both attended.
Upon graduating, he served a stint as a lieutenant in the US Army and married Jeanette, his college sweetheart. They lived at the Army base in El Paso, TX, where he trained gunnery crews in anti-aircraft artillery marksmanship.
Post-Army, he attended LSU for his Master’s degree, and the University of Missouri where he received his Doctorate. He taught high school industrial arts to support his family, which now included son Gil and daughter Sarah. Five years after beginning his career at LSU, son Alan joined the family.
His favorite pastime was hunting and fishing, dating back to his youth, where he grew up in the country, outside Winnfield, LA. His favorite entertainment was attending LSU football and basketball games.
Anyone who knew Gilbert will tell you that he was a tireless worker, and that a substantial amount of his effort was dedicated to the support and growth of his church, St. John’s United Methodist Church. They will also tell you that he could fix most anything and was often called upon by friends and family to do just that.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron Justin McMurry and Grace Tullos McMurry, and his sister Justine McMurry Shaw. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeanette Wood McMurry, and three children: James Gilbert “Gil” McMurry, Jr, Sarah McMurry Godwin (Keith), Alan Justin McMurry (Elaina). Also, six grandchildren: Ella Godwin Webb (Brian), Jason Godwin, Jack Godwin (Stephanie), Ben Godwin, Allie McMurry, and Eryn McMurry. And two great grandchildren: William Webb and Luna Godwin.
Visitation and funeral will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, at 230 Renee Dr. and Highland Rd. on Friday, January 7, 2022. Visitation begins at 12:30 PM, followed by the funeral service at 1:30 PM. Burial follows at Resthaven Gardens of Memory Cemetery, 11817 Jefferson Hwy. Please follow covid protocols.
In closing, the family wishes to express their appreciation for the many healthcare professionals who provided such sensitive and compassionate care throughout this most difficult time. Most especially Tina, Longet, Patra, and Karlisha.