Alonzo affectionately called (Zo, Al, or Murph) was born February 5, 1939, to George I. and Sarah E. Murphy in Elaine, Arkansas. Growing up as a child the love of God was instilled in him, and Alonzo gave his life to Christ at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.
After graduating from high school, Alonzo moved to Chicago to pursue a better life as well as join his siblings. He would later marry Hattie Burns and to that union Pamela was born. On June 5, 1986, he married Betty Boone and to that union Sara was born.
Alonzo's professional career included working as a short order cook, salesman for Serta mattress until he landed a job at American Airlines where he would retire after 30 plus years.
Alonzo enjoyed being sociable, traveling and spending time with family. He loved calling his family and friends every Saturday to check in on them. As well as getting dressed (always with sunglasses on) and going to eat with friends for breakfast or lunch. He always enjoyed watching all kinds of sports and was known as a big fan of the White sox, Chicago Bears, and Tennessee Titans (at times) as well as he enjoyed helping others when he could. Countless friends and family can attest to his generosity to others.
On January 18, 2024, the lord called Alonzo home. He leaves behind his wife Tupreme Murphy of 38 years. Two daughters Pamela Hill (Keith A. Hill) of Chicago, IL and Sara Murphy of Hermitage, TN, one son Corey Downing of Orange County, CA, two grandsons Milan A. Hill and Kenneth Vinson Jr.
and one granddaughter Maya A. Hill. Alonzo leaves behind two brothers Darnell and Morris Murphy and three sisters Earline Murphy, Mozella (Willie) Brown and Willie May Spears. He also leaves behind a host of favorite nieces and nephews. We cannot forget special friends and neighbors, special thanks to Yolanda Woodard, The Mosley's, Tammy, Preston, Willie, and Leon Davis. He loved you all deeply.
Preceding him in death his parents, George, and Sarah Murphy; sisters Doris (James Beaver) and Delores Dixon; brothers George Murphy, Jr., Leotis Murphy, Richard (Naomi) Murphy; brother Robert (Naomi) Murphy.
Please keep the Murphy family in your thoughts and prayers. Complete service arrangements will be announced soon.