Murphree to be Honored at Homecoming
September 30, 2019
Danny Murphree, longtime employee, will be honored with a Distinguished Lifetime Service Alumni Award at Wayland Baptist University during the fall 2019 homecoming festivities. The awards will be presented at the homecoming banquet at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Pete and Nelda Laney Student Activities Center.
A native of Friona, Murphree’s relationship with Wayland first began as a student, arriving in 1965 as a new member of the Wayland track and field team. He earned his degree in 1969, just a month before marrying fellow WBU student Linda, with whom he recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.
After graduation, Murphree taught and coached in Floydada for two years before returning to Wayland to coach the men’s track team. After two years, Murphree took a staff job and helped coach the Flying Queens and the JV Queen Bees. In 1975, the Murphrees returned to Friona to farm in partnership with Danny’s father for the next 12 years.
In 1988, the family moved back to Plainview, where Danny joined the business office, moving in 1991 to the role as manager of the university’s estate properties, located in Sunray and in Morton/Levelland, drawing on his farming experience. He stayed in the property management office until moving to part-time employment a few years ago.
In semi-retirement, Danny and Linda, who taught in the public schools for 30 years and then at Wayland for four, enjoy traveling, camping, boating and fishing and time with their family. The couple has two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Melissa and Trent and Emily, and five grandchildren.
In his community, Murphree is active in the First Baptist Church as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the house and grounds committee and the worship choir. He also serves on the city of Plainview’s Board of Adjustment and the Planning and Zoning Board.
“Danny Murphree has truly been a fixture on the Wayland campus for more than five decades, from his days as a star track runner to his quiet service managing Wayland’s farm properties so well,” said Teresa Young, director of alumni relations. “He has been a key part of the university’s leadership for so many years and is truly a fan for life. The designation of Lifetime Service Award for Danny was a no-brainer for our board.”
Tickets to the homecoming banquet are $15 per person and can be secured by calling Young at (806) 291-3600 by Oct. 25.
Homecoming at Wayland starts on Friday morning with the traditional chapel service and includes guest lectures, theatre performances, honor class reunions for years ending in “9” and various athletic events, including the Athletics Hall of Honor induction of the Flying Queens from 1948-82, the same group being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in September. The weekend caps off with a celebratory outdoor concert at Harral Auditorium featuring food trucks and free live entertainment. For more information on Wayland’s homecoming and links to register, visit the website at www.wbualumni.com/homecoming.