Kim McMurray

Kim McMurray

Kim McMurray, a native of Henderson, Texas, and 51-year resident of Beaumont, passed away peacefully on October 3rd in the loving care of Colonial Lodge, his tender care unit in Greenville, Texas.  

Kim retired in 2014 after a successful 35-year career with Gulf States Utilities and then Entergy Texas, first as corporate communications manager and then community development manager. In April 2011, Kim received his Professional Certified Economic Developer (PCED) certification and was an active member in various community organizations and volunteer boards. He had an unbridled work ethic that was a mainstay quality throughout his career.

Prior to his career in corporate communications and economic development, he spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at Texas newspapers, including covering politics at the state capitol in Austin during his early career with the Beaumont Enterprise. While there, he met Laura, and they were married within a year.   Kim had a passion for the written word and engaging with all forms of media. His influence was vast on those around him, including his two sons who have evolved careers through being exposed to Kim’s passion for media and communications at a young age.

A loving husband, father, and brother, Kim is survived by Laura, his wife of 49 years (married November 28, 1969), son Tom McMurray, his wife Meredith, and 10-year old granddaughter Claire of Beaumont; son Tim McMurray and his wife, Vickie, of Commerce, Texas, and granddaughters Maya Morris of Dallas and Marley Morris of Commerce; brother Steve McMurray and his wife, Sandy, of Henderson, along with nephews Clint Baughman (wife Megan), Clay McMurray (wife Laura), and Chad McMurray (wife Stacie), along with several great nieces and nephews.  

Kim loved reading, writing, watching Netflix, and following the political landscape.   He was also known for his sense of “humor” (just ask him!). Kim was never afraid to crack a joke – family, friends, co-workers, pets, nurses, himself….no one was safe.  

Kim, you will be missed by a vast population of lives you impacted in Southeast Texas and beyond.  

A gathering of Mr. McMurray’s family and friends will be at 4:00 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Memorial Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
5:00 p.m.

Comments (15)

  • Greg Copeland

    11 October 2019 at 14:42 | #

    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Kim. Our deepest sincere sympathies go out to you and your family. Kim will be terribly missed by all family, friends, and colleagues. I enjoyed working with Kim at Gulf States, then Entergy, for a very long time. Always enjoyed and appreciated his wit and sense of humor. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Mike Rodgers

    09 October 2019 at 16:26 | #

    Kim was a good man and a fine journalist. I will miss him, his knowledge, and his sense of humor greatly. I treasure many memories of the time we spent working together.


  • Ann Mallett Bowling

    09 October 2019 at 13:58 | #

    Laura my thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed meeting Kim and spending time with him during my visits to Beaumont. My heart felt sympathy is for you and family.


  • Brian and Annmarie Cessac

    08 October 2019 at 20:13 | #

    Sweet Tim, Brian and I are so very sorry about the loss of your precious dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.


  • Marilyn McGraw

    08 October 2019 at 01:00 | #

    So very sorry for your loss Laura. We will keep you all in our prayers. Kim was a wonderful boss and great friend.


  • Marilyn Martin

    07 October 2019 at 22:42 | #

    I am so sorry to learn of Kim's passing. We graduated together in 1964 and we'll be sad to include his death notice at our 55th reunion this weekend. He was witty, studious, wore glasses bigger than his face and could challenge Miss Could in the funniest way...he and Bob Crim. His bio sounds as if he married well, had great boys and was blessed with grandchildren. He was richly blessed and I know he will be missed!


  • Becky and Rodney Ames

    07 October 2019 at 21:54 | #

    Kim was a great guy and always a pleasure to work with when we would meet to discuss community development issues. A total professional while on the job and we had the opportunity to meet Laura and they made a great couple. Becky and I have the McMurray family in our thoughts and prayers and extend our condolences. Sorry due to an out of town commitment we are not able to attend the service.


  • Bonnie Durr Kerrville, TX

    07 October 2019 at 07:15 | #

    Laura, What sad news to read this about Kim. I always loved hearing you talk about Kim with such love and humor. I know he was a great, fun husband. I have thought about you many times since leaving Beaumont. Miss you and I will keep you in my prayers during the days ahead. Love to you Laura.


  • brent dorsey

    06 October 2019 at 20:26 | #

    We will miss Kim and his wit and wisdom. God bless you and give you peace.


  • Matt Williams

    06 October 2019 at 20:25 | #

    Never a dull moment at the McMurray house! Tim, I'll always remember your dad's droll sense of humor and exquisite comic timing. Between his deadpan and your mom's "flair for the dramatic" (especially when recounting events about working with children), it was impossible to restrain yourself from bursting out laughing when visiting your home!. I'll never forget the trips to Kelly football or Houston Astros games either. Your dad rolled easy while being one helluva nice guy, and that's what I'll always remember about him. All the best to you, Tom, and your mom, Laura.


  • Linda Romer

    05 October 2019 at 19:08 | #

    I am sorry to hear about Kim's passing. Our 55th high school reunion is next Saturday . We will remember him as our friend and high schoo.l classmate at the reunion.



    05 October 2019 at 17:57 | #

    Kim and Laura gave our Wedding Shower and our Maggie's baby shower. Kim was fascinating but humble. Many blessings on the Laura and the kids. Much Love from the Nelson's.


  • Candy Mathis Hollis

    05 October 2019 at 16:42 | #

    Kim and I worked at Gulf States. He was professional, fun and delightful. You have my deepest sympathy.


  • John & Judy Bryant

    05 October 2019 at 13:12 | #

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Laura and all of the McMurray family. We first met Kim on Laura's South Park High School 40th reunion cruise, in 2001. Laura and Judy were classmates from grade school through high school. We enjoyed spending time, with them for many years. We became involved in their many interests. Going to Liberty's Opry House, Beaumont Community Theater, cruises, Astro ball games, and many other events . The McMurray's enjoyed life, family and friends.. May GOD accept your soul into His Heavenly Kingdom.


  • Jimmie Jay Jackson

    04 October 2019 at 22:56 | #

    Laura, I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Kim. Your wonderful memories will get you though your rough times. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.


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