James “Jim” Murphy, 65, of North Little Rock passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. Murphy was serving the city of North Little Rock as its Fire Chief.


He was born March 12, 1952 in Valdosta, Ga,to Brantley and Myrtle Potter Murphy. He was retired from the Orange County Florida Fire Department after 35 years of service. He then worked as a nationally known trainer in the fire service. Jim served as a consultant to FEMA in the recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He helped develop software for the National Incident Management System. In 2014 he accepted the position of North Little Rock Fire Chief where he served until his death.


He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kit Murphy; daughters, Laura Hebert (Jim) and Karen Warnock (Mike); grandchildren, Nicole Burruezo (Alex), Jordan Herbert, Katelyn Warnock and Pearce Warnock; great-grandchildren, Sophia Burruezo, Matthew Burruezo; siblings, Ed Potter, Carl Murphy, Bill Murphy, Kathy Roberts, David Murphy and Patty Harville; and nieces, Arian Clute (Chris) and Aubrey M.A. Morales. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Wayne and Rick Murphy.


Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial, P.O. Box 56470, Little Rock, Arkansas 72215.


A Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at Lakewood United Methodist Church with a visitation prior to service at 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church.


Arrangements by Smith – North Little Rock Funeral Home. Online obituary atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.