Joseph Malphurs Obituary, Death – Joseph Randall Malphurs, age 91, died away without incident at the residence of his son early in the morning of Tuesday, April 4, 2023. On September 9, 1931, he joined the world as a genuine Florida Cracker. He was born in St. Johns Park, which is located in Flagler County, and he was a member of the Cowart pioneer family of cattlemen.
He began his education at Bunnell and went on to complete it at Seville High School, graduating in 1949. He was one of the few cowboys who worked on open range and had the good fortune of being able to spend his whole life in the cattle business. Before the regulations governing fences were written, his family would make the three-day trip from Lake Como to Samsula in order to transport livestock.
In addition, he farmed ferns and wood, and in 1991, the state of Florida honored him as Farmer of the Year for Trees. He was an expert storyteller who had an endless amount of interesting stories to tell, and he liked breaking horses and hunting hogs. He also enjoyed hunting hogs. He was a member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church, and he volunteered numerous hours of his time to assist students with their livestock projects as well as to organize boy scout, 4-H and FFA campouts and cookouts.
He also had a passion for raising cattle. His parents, Riley Malphurs and Catherine Cowart Johnson, as well as his stepfather, Henry G. Johnson, as well as his sister, Wanda Aiken, and his brother, Albert Malphurs, all passed away before he did. He is survived by his wife of sixty years, Lillian Malphurs of Pomona Park; their children, Steven Malphurs of Pomona Park; Cathy (Justin) Byrd of Pomona Park and Beth (Mark) Bailey of San Mateo; grandchildren, Kacen and Kody Byrd, Hannah, Rachel, and Natalie Malphurs and Samantha Stevens; great-granddaughter, Briar Lansing; and a large number of nieces and nephews.
On Friday, April 14th, the family will have a viewing at the funeral home in Crescent City from five in the evening until eight in the evening for friends and family. A Memorial Service honoring the life of Mr. Malphurs will be conducted at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona Park on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 10:00 AM. The Reverends Mark Conroy, Victor Nickerson, and John Chapman will preside over the service. After the service, burial will take place in the Seville Cemetery.
Floral tributes are graciously appreciated, and those who desire to do so may also send donations to the Pilgrim Congregational Church, which may be sent to the following address: P.O. Box 309, Pomona Park, Florida 32189.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Community Hospice for the compassionate and thoughtful care that they provided to Randall over the course of the last year.