Bessie Lee Murphy was born on July 21, 1945 in Barton, Arkansas to the late Elbert and Bessie Lipsey.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. J. S. Kountz in the southland community.  Bessie attended school in Oneida, Arkansas.

 Bessie Lee met and married Oscar Murphy. They remained married for thirty-nine years.

Bessie Lee Murphy was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Lamar Lipsey, four sisters; Mayletha Hughes, Lillie B. Stewart, Octavia Wright, Janice Taylor, five brothers; Sam Silas, Tom Silas, Eugene Lipsey, Monroe Lipsey, O C " DENA MAN" Lipsey.

She leaves to cherish her loving husband, Oscar Murphy of West Helena, AR, a sister, Rebecca Davis of St. Louis, MO,  two brothers- in- law; Willie Stewart of Chicago, IL , and Daniel Wright of Little Rock, AR, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on May 5, 2018 at Brown's Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at New Zion Cemetery. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at: