Former House Speaker Ed Murray dies of cancer

Former House Speaker Ed Murray dies of cancer


NASHVILLE (AP) -- Former Tennessee House Speaker Ed Murray has died of cancer. He was 80.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry announced to the chamber that Murray died Friday in The Villages, Fla.

The Winchester Democrat served in the House from 1971 to 1990, the last two terms as speaker. He succeeded Ned McWherter following McWherter's election as governor.

DeBerry said McWherter in 1990 named Murray claims commissioner for Middle Tennessee, and he remained in that position until his retirement in 1995.

Murray is survived by his wife, Sandra, of Crossville.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at the Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 8 at the Mount Garner Cemetery in Winchester.

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