Remembering Rob

August 14, 2011 at 2:55 pm 5 comments

Valleydale Church tragically lost one of the members of its ministerial staff on Saturday. Rob Murray – the Director of Recreational Ministries – succumbed to the effects of a heart attack, and his spirit is now present with Lord, who we are sure is being kept very busy today rewarding his good and faithful servant. Rob leaves behind his wife, Diane, and their son, Tyler,  as well as a large number of friends and acquaintances who loved him dearly and were impacted by his gigantic heart, his off-the-wall humor, his old country sayings, his quotes of obscure 60’s rock-n-roll songs, and his love of Valleydale Church and its ministries.

Rob gave up a career in sales several years ago with the original goal of going back to school to be a teacher. He took the Recreational Ministry position at Valleydale first as a temporary measure while he prepared for his new career. However, his love for his church and its people compelled him to continue in the staff position at Valleydale.  It cannot be counted how many lives were impacted and how many seeds were planted for eternity through his tireless efforts in Upward ministries, recreational programs, fall festivals, mission trips, and all kinds of special events that he coordinated, planned, and carried out with his usual enthusiasm and heart of service. What we do rejoice in today is that Rob now clearly understands what an impact he made for the kingdom of God through words he heard from the lips of Jesus Himself.

We will miss Rob greatly, not merely because of the work he did, but also because of who he was for each of us – an encouraging spirit, a heart for God, a hand for others, a one-man vaudeville act, and a man dedicated to his family, his work, his church, and, most importantly, his Savior.

Rest in the arms of Jesus, Rob. You fought the good fight, you finished the race, and you kept the faith. Well done, Tater.

Here is a link to the brief memorial video shown in the morning services at Valleydale today

Both the visitation and the funeral service for Rob will be in the worship center at Valleydale Church. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 5-8. The service will be held Wednesday morning at 11. 


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  • 1. Suzanne Tullis  |  August 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I will always remember Rob as my official greeter. I could never pass him without him stopping to say hello and usually I commented on one of his funny facebook statuses:). I loved listening to him during Wednesday night dinners with the trivia and loved seeing him dress up in that bunny suit! Rob always brought a smile to everyone around him. I will miss you Rob!

  • 2. Fred Hoover  |  August 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I went back and looked at some of the posts Rob made in the past. The one that hit me was his January 12 post about being at the dentist’s office and his experience with “laughing gas”. Well cousin, your worries are surely over, now that you’re with Jesus. However, you will be sorely missed here.
    God Bless,
    Fred Hoover
    Troy Illinois

  • 3. Dorothy Murray  |  August 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    We can see why Rob loved his church at Valleydale! The people were awesome to our family during his “home going” and it didn’t matter whether you knew us or not! The outpouring of love was so overwhelming and all that anyone said in response to our thank you was that “we all loved Rob!” Thank you Valleydale for your gracious and Godly spirit! Please continue to share the love of Christ to all those you come in contact with- it is a hurting world out there! And you share so well!! Thank you!
    Love in Christ,
    David & Dorothy Murray

    • 4. valleydalechurch  |  August 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      The thoughts and prayers of our church are with you and your family in the loss of Rob. We loved him dearly, and we are grateful we had the opportunity to meet all of you in his family and be a part of ministering to you in this time. May God bless and comfort you during this time.

  • 5. Brad Hudson  |  September 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    While I do not attend Valleydale, I met Rob through my job w/ the Birmingham Barons and, even more recently, Bojangles’. I found the news today – 3 weeks later – in the Shelby Co. Reporter. I am numb.

    Rob was one of the few people I met in my career who didn’t make me feel like a salesman. He was always good for a laugh and some good stories and always made me feel comfortable. I’m glad I shared that with him when I last saw him.

    A good man. A great ambassador for the Church. You will be missed, Rob.
    -Brad Hudson


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