The son of Grover, Sr. and Annie Laura Johnson Murray, Mr. Murray was born in Columbus, GA and was a 1976 graduate of Hardaway High School. He was a U. S. Army Veteran, and worked at Dolly Madison for several years before working at James Moving and Storage Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Linwood Murray.

Survivors include: his daughter, Ammie Murray; two sons, Donnie Murray, Jr. and James Murray; six grandchildren, Jakiya Randall, Kaiden Gosha, Donnie Murray III, Christina S. Murray, Janiyah Murray and Jaleya Murray; his dear friend and the mother of his children, Chong Smith; three brothers, Grover Murray, Jr. (Brenda), Jesse Murray (Annis) and Ronnie Murray (Kathy); two sisters, Dorothy Dallas and Annie Tripp; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.