Charles “Chet” Murphree of Deer Valley Homebuilders – “A Great Man” – Died


I am so sorry to hear of Chet Murphree’s passing. He was an innovator within the industry and above all, a true gentleman, who will be missed not just by his MHARR colleagues, but by all in the industry. We send our sympathy and best wishes to his family and loved ones.” Mark Weiss, J.D., President and CEO of MHARR.

Chet was a great man. He always made people feel important and lifted them up every chance he got. I am very proud to have known him,” said Robert K. Gann, former Deer Valley team member, who is now with Franklin Homes.

He [Chet] was a wonderful business partner but an even better friend. He is missed by many,” said Joey Aycock, Director of Sales, Deer Valley Homebuilders, Inc.

Tony…this is truly a sad news to hear and a big loss for our industry. Chet was a visionary with unlimited energy, vigor, and a love of this industry. He was a doer and a fighter for what he belied in, and motivated people around him to follow the right path. He was extremely helpful to us at MHARR at a critical time, and I, personally, will always be grateful to him as a dear friend and respected colleague. May he rest in peace and may God help his family and friends to endure his loss.” Danny D. Ghorbani.

Sources with Deer Valley Homes told MHProNews that Charlies “Chet” Murphree, 59, after several months battling cancer.

The funeral service for Chet Murphree was held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel, per Peck.   The burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery, Alabama.  Visitation will be Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home.

Mr. Murphree died on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at his residence.

  • Chet was born May 8, 1961, in Morgan County to Charles Leroy Murphree and Elizabeth Ann Sample.
  • He was a graduate of Decatur High School and of  U.A.H. College.
  • Chet was the beloved President and General Manager of Deer Valley Homebuilders, of which, he was one of the original founders of the company and served on the Board of Directors.
  • He was named Person of the Year for the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission in 2015.
  • Chet was inducted Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame in 2017.
  • He served on the Alabama State Board for Manufactured Housing and on the Board for Alabama Housing Foundation and also served on the Board of Real Party Ministries.

He was preceded in death by two daughters: Kendall Page Murphree and Kelsey Graham Murphree.

Survivors of Mr. Murphree include:

  • his Wife – Lisa Graham Murphree
  • One Daughter – Carly Sample Murphree
  • Father – Charles Leroy Murphree (Sue)
  • Mother – Elizabeth Ann Hensley (Richard)
  • Four Brothers – Atlee Murphree,
    Van Murphree
    Jimmy Moore (Amy)
    Trey Herring
  • Five Sisters – Lila Murphree (Cindy Small),
    Debbie Moore Kennemer (Jay),
    Donna Moore Lee,
    Kim Herring Dodd (Tom) and
    Stacy Herring Kwapiszewski

Pallbearers were reported by Peck to be Joey Aycock, Ray Cooper, Keith Holdbrooks, Steve Lawler, Jimmy Moore, and Gerald Newsom.




On a personal note, one of the most enjoyable days professionally for this writer was the day spent with Chet and his colleagues at the Deer Valley production center, where we did video interviews. The respect of local business and elected officials, his colleagues, and team on the production floor were self-evident. He will be personally missed, and MHProNews wishes all those touched by his loss our deepest condolences.

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Once more, our sincere and deepest condolences to all of those touched by the loss of Charles “Chet” Murphree. He will be missed, but his memory cherished.

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