The Obituary for Mandi Murphy (Lee County, AL, & North Carolina


Amanda Margaret Murphy passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mandi was born in Ft. Ord, California, at Silas B. Hays Army Hospital, on February 17, 1978. At the age of 9 months, Mandi and her parents moved to Opelika. She graduated from Opelika High School in 1996 and attended Southern Union State Community College.

Mandi spent most of her adult life working in the food industry, managing restaurants. Throughout the years, Mandi developed wonderful relationships with the people she worked with and the patrons of the restaurants she managed.

She was a thoughtful and generous daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Mandi loved her family, and was greatly loved by them. She loved and adored her nieces and nephews and they were always excited to visit with Aunt Mandi.

In her youth, Mandi came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at First Baptist Church. Her family knows she is perfectly healed and safely in the arms of her Lord and Savior. We are grateful to the many teachers and mentors at FBCO, who loved and prayed for her throughout her life.

Mandi is preceded in death by her father, James P. Murphy, Jr.; her Paul-Paul, Paul D Phipps; her G’ma, May Phipps; her granddad, James P. Murphy, Sr.; and her grandmother, Betty Guckian.

She is survived by Tiff Murphy; her mother, Nancy Murphy; her sisters, Kelly Walls (Hannah); Erica Leach (Matt, Henry, Eleanor); Katie Dawson (Clay, Ava, Sadie, E. J., baby boy due in August); Madison Hamil (Trent, Harrison); brother, Patrick Murphy (Anah, Colin, Olivia); stepmother, Kim Klepper Murphy; and devoted, lifelong friend Beth Knight Carpenter (Steven, Jacob).

She is also survived by numerous cousins, aunts, and uncles who loved her dearly.

A Memorial will be held at Opelika’s First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 1, at 11:00, in the 3:16 Center at the church. If you have a favorite photo with Mandi you would like to share, please feel free to bring that. There will be an opportunity to visit with Mandi’s family after the service.

The Memorial will be officiated by her uncle, Dr. Lawrence Phipps, pastor of First Baptist Church, Gulf Shores, AL.