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Longtime Simmons exec, philanthropist Roger Murray dies at 71

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Roger Murray, a longtime Simmons executive well known for his charitable work in the industry, died last week on his 71st birthday.

Murray spent his entire career with Simmons, joining the company, starting as a sales trainee and retiring as vice president of national accounts in 2007.

He was known by his colleagues at Simmons as a team builder and a motivator. Each year he led the company's All-American top sales awards trip.

"Roger Murray represented the heart and soul of Simmons," said Charlie Eitel, former CEO of the bedding major. "He was deeply dedicated to our company and was a key force in developing our reputation and brands. We named our All American award in honor of Roger to recognize our top sales associates because Roger was truly an All American."

Murray was a member of the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and the City of Hope's National Home Furnishings Industry chapter. As co-president for the City of Hope group, he led successful fundraising activities that resulted in more than $8 million in contributions for the treatment of cancer and diabetes patients worldwide.
He worked for the City of Hope for more than 30 years.

Murray was an avid golfer and fisherman and enjoyed the friendships he shared with many as he pursued those activities.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Virginia (Presh) Murray, a brother, a sister two sons, a daughter-in law and four grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Luke's Presbyterian Church or the City of Hope Cancer Center at or sent to City of Hope, Attention: Sharon Joyce, 1055 Wilshire Blvd., 11th Floor, Los Angeles, Calif., 90017.
Viewing will be this Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the HM Patterson Funeral Home, 173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs, Ga.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, Ga., 30338.

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