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Cecil Ivy Cotton Murry
June 10, 1919 Dec. 30, 2009
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Cecil Ivy Murry was born to William Emmett and Mattie Beatrice (Perminter) Murry in Idalou, Texas on June 10, 1919, one of 11 children. He died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 30, 2009.
Cecil is preceded in death by his wife, Lavena (Owens) Murry. He is survived by his children and their families, Carl and Linda Murry of Tuolumne, their children Sean Murry, Kerry Bachtelle,  Heather Cordero, Ben Murry, Andrea Fuentes and Krista Richardson; Donald and Peggy Murry of Groveland and their children, Kelly Hawkins, Aimee Murry and Kyle Murry; Margaret and Gerald Coburn of Denair and their children, Gerald Coburn, Todd Coburn and Cosetta DePalma; Kennith and Sue Murry of Denair and their children, Jennifer Murry and Jacob Murry; 21 great grandchildren; sister, Lillie Bryant; and brother, John Murry.
Cotton and Lavena were married in 1938, while he was working as a farm laborer and was known as renowned pruner. After homesteading in New Mexico and share cropping apple farms in Soulsbyville, they purchased a 10-acre farm in Denair. In 1948, they purchased the 25-acre Quality Fruit Ranch.   Over the years they farmed over one hundred acres in the Denair area. Cecil was an outstanding farmer, producing over 42 tons of peaches per acre and was featured in several magazine articles.
He was a member of several agriculture organizations including the Farm Bureau, Gratton Grange and co-ops, Cal-Can, Tri-Valley and Blue Diamond. He served on the school boards of Gratton Elementary and Hughson High schools and was Scout Master of Troop 33.
His loves included baseball, softball and fishing. He loved playing baseball until he lost three fingers in a farm accident. He then became the coach/manager of the Hughson Merchants and several area softball teams.
He was a long-time member of The Church of Christ in Waterford and Hughson and a life-long Christian.
Private graveside services will be held at Denair Cemetery. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259.
Allen Mortuary in charge of arrangements. Please share your memories and condolences to