Stricken suddenly with a heart attack a few minutes after his arrival at the Mason-Dixon line, a short distance below Mt. Morris, where he went to attend the celebration of the completion of the three-mile stretch of highway from the West Virginia line toward Morgantown last Friday afternoon, October 28, 1927, Joseph Murdock, aged 84 years, prominent and well-to-do farmer of Greene township collapsed as he started to walk down the road after alighting from the car in whic he accompanied his two sons, Harry and Arleigh Murdock, to the celebration and was pronounced dead when carried into the residence of Joseph Stewart, just across the state line in West Virginia. When he alighted from the car, Mr. Murdock, who had been subject to heart trouble for some time, remarked that his heart was not acting quite normal and a moment later he collapsed. A physician happened to be nearby, but efforts to resusciate [sic] the aged man proved futile. Mr. Murdock was a lifelong resident of Greene township, where he followed farming and stockraising with pronounced success. He was regarded as one of Greene county's most successful and wealthiest farmers and was widely known throughout the county. He was a member of the Methodist Protestant church. Early in life Mr. Murdock married Miss Elizabeth Fordyce, who died several years ago. Besides his two sons, Harry and Arleigh Murdock, both of Greene township, who were with him at the time of his death, he leaves one brother, James Benjamin Murdock, also a resident of Greene township. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Methodist Protestant church at Fordyce. The services were conducted by Rev. John C. McMinn, of Jefferson, and Rev. Harry M. Peterson, of Fordyce. Interment was in Green Mount cemetery, Waynesburg.
Democrat Messenger, November 4, 1927 (Greene County, PA)
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