Archie Anderson “Arch’ Murray never got the chance to enter the race for West Point mayor like he wanted to in 1968.
He passed away on May 25 of that year, but his legacy of commitment to his employees at Babcock and Wilcox Company and to the the West Point/Clay County community make Murray a strong nominee for the West Point Hall of Fame.
Murray will join the HOF posthumously on Thursday night, along with Kyle Chandler III, who remains a vital part of this community.
“Both of these inductees have “made a difference” in West Point and Clay County through their leadership, volunteer spirit and distinguished service,” said Cynthia Wilson of the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance in a release on Friday.
Chandler was around 6 year old when Murray moved to West Point. By that time, the military veteran was 49 years old.
This community soon became just as much home to Murray as it was for any native.
“The Murray Family which then consisted of his wife, Jean and son Eugene, immediately became an integral part of the West Point community,” Wilson said. “Even though he was involved with the Alliance, Ohio community, it paled in comparison to his involvement with West Point.”
Chandler’s family had already made its mark on the West Point community, dating back to the early 1900s when his grandfather started a family business.
In 1920, he started Chandler Insurance Agency and continued to operate the Kyle Chandler Hardware Store.
“Kyle’s roots are deep in West Point/Clay County,” Wilson said.
Kyle III was born in 1946, and he would eventually marry Susan and have two sons, Kyle IV and Charlie.
While Chandler was growing up, Murray was modeling community leadership through his work in many civic organizations like the Kiwanis Club.
Murray was also involved heavily in the Boy Scouts.
“Whenever the Boy Scouts were in need he was there to help provide for those needs,” Wilson said. “Many of the camps had entrance gates made by Babcock and Wilcox Company. One of the local Boy Scout clubs still meets in the B&W Boy Scout Hut.”
Employee happiness always came first with Murray as well.
He was a Director for the Kiwanis Club, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Ivy Memorial Hospital for over 11 years, Executive member of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also recognized for his support of the local National Guard.
Chandler himself served on the Board of Directors for Ivy Memorial Hospital.
“While serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Ivy Memorial Hospital, in its darkest days, he and a small nucleus of others, met tirelessly on ways to keep Ivy Memorial’s doors open to serve our community’s medical needs, while at the same time, acting as visionaries in pursuit of a long term solution,” Wilson said. “Today, as we look on Highway 45 at the beautiful, state of the art, Clay County Medical Center and the multitude of physicians that now call West Point home; we can thank Kyle and others for their tireless efforts. The fruits of their labor have changed our medical community for generations to come.”
Murray was active in the Men’s Bible Class at First Methodist Church, and Chandler still remains a very active member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, no more than a block away.
Chandler’s position within the insurance industry allowed him to work with two different insurance commissioners to keep the state’s insurance competitive for the customer.
He also made home ownership possible for hundreds of Clay County residents while serving on the Board of Directors for the Clay County Federal Savings and Loan.
Chandler and Murray have both served West Point/Clay County during different generations, and the citizens of this community continue to see the benefits from both of their efforts.
They will be inducted into the HOF this Thursday night at the 87th Annual Banquet at 6 p.m. Roger Pryor will be the keynote speaker.
Additional information about the banquet, as well as ticket information can be found by going to www.dailytimesleader.com , and click on the Growth Alliance advertisement on the left hand side of the page.