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Greg’s Obituary

Below is the obituary written for Greg seen in The Dallas Morning News and Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 and The Tennessean on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Dallas Morning News

Arkansas Democrat Gazette

The Tennessean

Gregory Scott Murtha, born April 25, 1965, has always made it his custom to say, “YES!” to Jesus. In 2012, he stepped up his game when he embraced an out of the blue, stage IV cancer diagnosis that took him on the adventure of a lifetime. June 22, 2017 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Greg “went skidding into heaven broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow! What a ride!’” as he was ushered into the presence of his Savior.

Greg was welcomed into heaven by Jesus and his mother, Mallie Sheppard Murtha. In turn, Greg will also one day greet his wife Tracey Caperton Murtha, his son Jackson Murtha, father and step-mother Glen and Vicki Murtha, sister Kelli Murtha-Perry and brother Zac Murtha as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and literally thousands of friends.

Most recently, Greg served as the Chief Relationship Officer at iDonate, provider of digital fundraising solutions. Prior to that Greg helped Bob Buford build The Halftime Institute to guide high-capacity leaders to lives of significance.  Early in his career, Greg worked in Nashville’s music industry as well as in banking in Little Rock. Greg generously served on the boards of Leading with a Limp, Both Hands, Empart, USA and Way Forward. Miraculously, Greg’s story Out of the Blue: The Unexpected Adventure of Life Interrupted (Clear Day, 8/17) – came to completion days before his parting.

In the collective words of those who loved him, Greg was “a man with a smile that could light up a room. His generosity knew no bounds.  Greg and Tracey would invite both strangers and friends into their home to ‘do life,’ pushing farther and farther into the heart in a way that made people grateful for the intrusion. He had a penchant for asking the important questions and challenging others to think bigger than they ever dreamed possible. Greg spent the most difficult days of his life more concerned about the lives of others than he was about his own health; consequently, he showed us all how to finish well while pointing to his Savior.”

Greg said, “real faith in Jesus extends life dramatically…When I cease to live on this earth please do not say I ‘lost the battle’ to cancer’. That could not be further from the truth. No, when that time comes, when I make the transition, it will be a point in time when I have never been more fully alive.”  And to that, we who love him say, “YAY GOD!”

For information about contributions on Greg’s behalf and for updates on Greg’s memorial celebration (everyone is welcome!), visit gregmurtha.com.

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Team Murtha Update: June 23, 2017

Dear Team Murtha,

Many of you received news via Facebook…if not…

Greg is face-to-face with his Savior.  In Greg’s words, he “moved to the front of the line” yesterday evening while resting comfortably with family and friends.  For the past seven days Greg has battled pneumonia in the Vanderbilt Hospital ICU until his body could battle no more.  The Vandy team of nurses and doctors are world-class practitioners and people—thank you for taking such good care of Greg.

Greg has laid the plans for what is to come next.  The body that once housed Greg’s soul will be cremated while a team of people finish the book that has given him life and purpose for the last year.  We will also plan a celebration of Greg’s life—a life so worthy of celebrating in a big way.  The party we host in Nashville will be in late August.  We will work to set a date in the next several days so plans can be made.  We will email you again once we have the exact date.

You know Greg, he would never want you or anyone to be left out.  Come one, come all.

In the meantime, keep Tracey and Jackson in your prayers along with Kelli, Zac, and Mr. and Mrs. Murtha.

Alongside, Derek Bell
Chairman of the Board, Leading With a Limp (most of all, Greg’s friend)

PS.  If you need to hear Greg and Tracey’s voice.  See this great interview done several weeks ago.

 

Update: June 19, 2017