On Jan. 17, 2012, God quietly and peacefully called one of his children home. Fitzgerald Burnett Murrain, “Zam,” as he was affectionately known, was born to George Richard and Della Mae Whitehead Murrain on May 22, 1939 in Angola, Portuguese West Africa. He was the sixth of seven boys, four of whom (Richard, Herbert, Lawrence and Kenneth) preceded him in death. Upon completion of their mission assignment, George and Della returned to the United States to give their children a better education.
Fitz attended the Wilson County Public Schools and graduated from Charles H. Darden High School as a member of the Class of 1958. After graduation, he studied at Hampton University and was a member of the marching band. In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Gwendolyn Speight, and to this union four children were born.
Fitz spent his adult life in Wilson. He was employed at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and later retired after 25 years of service. He was a dedicated and active member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church where he was a member of the Men’s Choir, the Usher Ministry, the Security Ministry and the Men’s Fellowship.
Fitzgerald was a faithful member of the Darden Alumni Association. He loved sports and was an avid tennis player and Dallas Cowboys fan. When he laughed, his whole body laughed, even if he was losing at a game of pinochle, which he played regularly.
He leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Jeffrey Murrain (Janet) of Lawton, Okla. and Vincent Murrain of Wilson; two daughters, Vicki Bulluck (Sheldon) of Mableton, Ga., and Chandra Murrain of Greensboro; a loving and devoted friend, Gwendolyn Speight Murrain of Wilson; two brothers, George Murrain (Barbara) of Goldsboro, and Merle Murrain of Wilson; two aunts, Grace Artis and Victoria McCray (Wilford) both of Wilson; eight grandchildren, Yasmeen, Chelsea, Sir Vincent, Andrew, Lacey, Zoe, Sydnie and Joshua; two great-grandchildren, Eric and Isabella; a host of other relatives and friends.
A service celebrating his life and legacy will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church, 571 E. Nash St, Wilson. The Rev. Dr. Freddie Barnes will officiate. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.
A viewing will be held Monday from 4 pm to 8:30 pm at Carrons Funeral Home 325 East Nash St, Wilson with visitation to be there from 7 pm to 8 pm. The family will receive friends at other times at 206 Moss St, Wilson and will assemble there one hour prior to service in preparation for the funeral procession. Arrangements have been entrusted to Carrons Funeral Home. Condolences may be directed to www.carronsfuneralhome.com.