ROTAN - Madilene (Kiker) Murphree, 85, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at her residence in Hamlin. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Hamlin with Bro. Donny Harbers officiating and burial in Cottonwood Cemetery at Rough Creek. Arrangements are with Adams-Foster-Ray Funeral Home.
Madilene was born Feb. 25, 1926, to Elmer and Jessie Lee (Goodwin) Kiker. She attended school in Pleasant Valley and graduated from Dowell High School. Madilene married Snyder “Snyde” Murphree Jan. 2, 1947. They lived, farmed and ranched in Rough Creek and were together until his death in 1970. Madilene also owned and operated Murphree Grocery from the early 1960s until retiring in the 1980s. She married Charles Brown Jan. 1, 1972, and he passed away in 1982. She later married Ben Kemp in the 1990s and they were married three years until his death. Madilene married Walter Acklin in May of 2000. She was a great seamstress and an excellent cook. She loved to entertain and her cooking was often a production that was enjoyed by numerous friends, family or people in need. Madilene also enjoyed dancing and playing cards late into the night, but her favorite time was with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. After almost 80 years of living in Rough Creek or Rotan, she moved to Hamlin in 2006 to be near her daughter. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rotan.
Madilene is preceded in death by three husbands; a brother (Earl Junior Kiker; and a sister (Mary Adams).
Madilene is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Linda Sue (Murphree) and Billy Don Cooper of Hamlin; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Charles Glen and Kathy (Cave) Murphree of Sweetwater and Randy Pat and Betty (Middleton) Murphree of Stamford; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Dave and Tricia Byerly, Dan and Kristi Byerly, Danna (Cooper) Jenkins, Jori (Cooper) and Mason Van Cleave, Chad and Rachael Murphree, Brent and Adela Murphree, Tyler and Shauna Murphree and Josh and Carrie Murphree; 17 great-grandchildren, Sarah Byerly, Jacob Byerly, Dylan Byerly, Madi Byerly, Ethan Byerly, Allie Jenkins, Abby Jenkins, Emily Van Cleave, Macy Van Cleave, Jenna Van Cleave, Austin Murphree, Conner Murphree, Addie Murphree, Emmelia Murphree, Cohen Murphree, Ryland Murphree and Jaxton Murphree; one brother-in-law, Roy Adams; one sister-in-law, Yvonne Kiker; numerous very special nieces and nephews; and a special friend Walter Acklin.