Phillip Dale Murray, 65

Phillip Dale Murray, 65, of Gumboro, Del., passed away on Sept. 30, 2019, in the care of Delaware Hospice and his loving family. He was born on April 3, 1954, in Lewes, Del., to the late Henry Dale and Marguerite Pettyjohn Murray.

Murray married the love of his life, Becky, and together they raised a family and owned Murray Motors for 22 years, with locations in Dagsboro, Seaford and Laurel.

He was a very likeable fellow who loved and was very much devoted to his family. He was totally a major Ford fan, and loved restoring and tinkering on cars and stock-car racing. He had a heart of gold, was generous and was very “down to earth.” He was a quiet man who knew how to stand his ground and didn’t care for a lot of nonsense. He was a loving father, brother, pop-pop and friend who will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, Murray was preceded in his death by his beloved wife, Becky, who passed away in 2006, and by a daughter, Ashley, and a brother, Frank. He is survived by a son, Dale Murray II and his wife, Patience, of Gumboro; two sisters, Susan Murray of Millsboro, Del., and June Collins and her husband, Donald; two sisters-in-law, Rachel Rust and her husband, Dale, and Barbara Collins and her husband, Bryant; a brother-in-law, Wayne Collins and his wife, Mary Alice; a special aunt, Florence Adams; and a granddaughter, Cora Lynn Murray; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Watson Funeral Home, 211, S. Washington Street, Millsboro, Del. On Friday, Oct. 4, another viewing will be held, at noon, with the funeral beginning at 1 p.m. The Rev. Mark Phillips will officiate. Burial will follow at the Bethel U.M. Church Cemetery in Willards, Md. Casual dress is requested by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial donations to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963, or to a local fire company. Condolences may be sent online at