Emma Stevens  Murrah
Emma Stevens Murrah, 98, of Valdosta, died on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at The Orchard at Stone Creek. Mrs. Murrah was born on December 5, 1920 in Richland, Georgia to the late Grover G. and Esther Tatum Maughon. She received her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Georgia and obtained her Masters of Education from Valdosta State University. Mrs. Murrah had a long and distinguished career as an educator in both the Lowndes and Valdosta school systems, VSU, and private kindergarten at the Stevens School for five year olds. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year award for the state of Georgia in 1980 and was invited to Washington D.C. as one of three finalists for the National Teacher of the Year in the United States of that same year. She was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of ABAC in 1980 and a distinguished alumnus of VSU in 1985 and was a former president of the VSU Alumni Society. Mrs. Murrah's involvement in other societies included but was not limited to the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and Retired Educators. She was a recipient of numerous awards honoring her achievements in the field of education, among these being the prestigious Georgia Association of Young Children for outstanding contribution in the field of Early Childhood, the Fullbright-Hays Grant for continued studies in India, and was inducted into the Educator Hall of Fame at Valdosta State University in its inaugural year of 2016. Mrs. Murrah also received the Silver Fawn Scout Award through the B.S.A. She served on the committee which developed and placed standards in Day Care and Kindergarten in public schools and helped develop the curriculum for Head Start as well as training programs for the Head Start teachers and day care workers. She was recognized for her work in a resolution by former President Jimmy Carter and the Georgia State Senate and House of Representatives for pioneering pre-school education as well as contributions to Georgia Public Education and to the Citizens of Georgia. Mrs. Murrah was a member and former elder of First Christian Church.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jodie and Vickie Stevens of Hahira; step-daughter, Lynn Schmitt of Phoenix, Arizona; granddaughters, Rebecca Hundere and her husband Ian, and Emma Stevens and her fiancé, Robert Herrig all of Atlanta; grandson, Gil Schmitt of Albany; great-grandchildren, Ollie Hundere and Eloise Hundere; her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Charles McMullen of Athens; sister-in-law, Frances Maughon; a special friend and care-giver, Donna Hall of Valdosta; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joe Stevens and George Murrah; a son, Mark Stevens; grandson, Joseph Stevens; step-daughter, Nancy Hume; three brothers, Jim Maughon, Bob Maughon, and Grover Maughon.
Services for Emma Stevens Murrah will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 7, 2019 at First Christian Church with Mr. John Chick officiating. The burial will follow in the Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Christian Church or the South Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Condolences to the family may be conveyed online at www.mclanecares.com. Carson McLane
Published on October 5, 2019


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Jesse McRae
Oct 10, 2019
To Miss Emma's family,
I am saddened to learn of Miss Emma's passing. She was my kindergarten teacher but I never believed that teaching kindergarten was her job or even her career. She was one of those rare teachers that taught more as a calling, even a mission. She had the uncanny ability to spot interests and potentials in 5 year-olds, an ability she did not learn in an elementary ed class, but an ability that was a gift from God. She saw potentials that even the parents had not noticed as she did with me, and then know how to properly advise the parents how to nurture that interest. I was blessed to have had her for a teacher. On behalf of her many students, I offer my deepest condolenc
...es for the loss of this wonderful lady, one I will never forget.Read more
Kent Moore
Oct 09, 2019
Jodie, I was sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I didn't know her, but she obviously had a distinguished career and was blessed with a long life. May God give you extra strength and comfort during this time. I hope our paths will cross again sometime. Kent
Barbara Griffin
Oct 08, 2019
I have the fondest memories of Miss Emma. I was at Valdosta State between 1963-1966 and did a whole quarter in her kindergarten for labs, 2 hours a day. I not only learned how best to deal with 5 yr olds, but how to love people even big ones. We laughed a lot and years later when i would meet her in public, she hugged me like I was her daughter.
Lynn Thomas
Oct 08, 2019
My deepest heartfelt condolences to Miss Emma's family. She was my Sunday School teacher at First Christian Church when I was young, a dear friend to my late mother for many years, and touched so many lives in a positive manner as a teacher and educator . May she rest in peace....