Funeral held for Greenville doctor killed trying to help driver

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – It was an emotional service inside unity church in Greenville Friday, where family and friends gathered to remember the life and legacy of Dr. Roger McMurray. The physician was 45 years old when he lost his life while helping another driver in need earlier this week.

Thomas Cook, a family friend of Dr. McMurray said, “He was in his last act trying to do something gracious for somebody else and trying to go the extra mile to help somebody. That’s who he was, and he would do that without any recognition at all just because it was the right thing to do.”

Dr. McMurray grew up in Eastern Carolina, went to the ECU Brody School of Medicine, and joined Physicians East about a decade ago.

The strong pirate-spirited doctor also served as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

On Sunday night, while he and another man were helping a driver in a ditch on I-87 near Raleigh, McMurray became the victim himself.

The highway patrol says another driver lost control of his vehicle which hit both of them.

Darrell Ange, who went to church with McMurray and taught his kids says his commitment to helping others extended beyond the hospital walls.

Ange described McMurray as “Just an upstanding pillar of the community. he was a loving father, a dedicated husband, and just a public servant for the community and the church. Very well loved in all circles,”

McMurray’s colleagues at Physicians East where he worked spoke to WITN on Monday about the tragic loss as well.

During Friday’s service, Pastor Jeff Manning shared thoughts about McMurray saying, “Roger was spirited. He was spirited. He enjoyed life and enjoyed helping others enjoy life.”