Mrs. Julie Cathy Christopher

  • Born: March 21, 1955
  • Died: August 31, 2021
  • Location: Murray, Kentucky

J. H. Churchill Funeral Home

201 S. 3rd Street
Murray, KY 42071
Tel. (270) 753-2411

Tribute & Message From The Family

Julie Cathryn "Cathy" Christopher, M.D., of Murray, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at her home, surrounded by family.
Cathy was born March 21, 1955, in Somerset, Kentucky to Maurice and Juletta Eaker Christopher, who preceded her in death.
At a young age, her family moved to Murray, Kentucky, where she graduated valedictorian of the class of 1973 at Murray High School. She was a 1977 honor graduate of Murray State University with majors in chemistry and medical technology and was named the top academic student of her graduating class. She later received her master's degree in biology with microbiology as her emphasis at Murray State University in 1979. During that time, she served as supervisor of the Student Health Laboratory. She also developed the two-year course for medical technicians for the Biology Department at MSU and taught the program from 1979-1981. She was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority.
Dr. Christopher earned her medical degree Cum Laude from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1985. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals. While at the University of Louisville, she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, honor medical society, and to Phi Kappa Phi, national all university honor society.
A gifted physician, Dr. Christopher chose to begin her career in her hometown of Murray, Kentucky in 1988. Throughout her 33 years of practice, she was affiliated with Murray Calloway County Hospital, Henry County Hospital and Trigg County Hospital. She was truly committed to her patients and developed lifetime friendships with many of them. She demanded excellence of herself and provided that same excellence of care to her patients.
Cathy was a passionate University of Louisville and Murray State University fan. She cherished the Murray community and supported many of the local organizations. She was a member of the Rotary Club and the Racer Club. She was also a member of First United Methodist Church.
When Cathy was not cheering on the Cardinals or Racers, she could be found fishing and boating on the lake. She loved to travel and share her experiences with others. She was an exceptional teacher, mentor and friend who thoroughly enjoyed seeing those she helped, excel. She was known for her quick wit and humor. Above all, she adored her family, friends and fur babies.
In addition to her parents, Cathy was preceded in death by her brother, Ron Christopher, her niece, Sarah Little, and her brother-in-law, Roger Little.
Dr. Christopher is survived by her husband of 30 years, Bill Brown of Murray, Kentucky; a sister, Camille Little of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Wilma Christopher of Frankfort, Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Ellie Christopher of Germantown, Tennessee; six nieces, Susan Little-Privett (David) of Edmond, Oklahoma, Sharon Little-Stoetzel (Tony) of Lee's Summit, Missouri, Shannon Christopher of Atlanta, Georgia, Kelsey Miller (Ben) of Collierville, Tennessee, Carroll Lane Parsons (Brad) of Germantown, Tennessee and Courtney Yezerski (John Eric) of Franklin, Tennessee. She also leaves behind several great nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
A Celebration of Life/Memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Murray State University Foundation with "Biology Department" on the memo line, or to Murray State University with "Department of Athletics" on the memo line, MSU Office of Development, 200 Heritage Hall, Murray, Kentucky 42071.
Online condolences for the family can be made at
J.H. Churchill Funeral Home & Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Dr. Christopher listened to me and helped me with panic attacks when everyone else thought I was crazy. She was an excellent doctor and I admired her spirit and her love for her patients. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Sula Boone - Dover, TN - Acquaintance   September 10, 2021


With love and remembrance,
Cathy Cole
Nashville, TN

Posted by Cathy Cole - Nashville, TN - Friend   September 08, 2021

She was the best doctor I ever had and hated when her practice closed. There has never been another who gave me the time and understanding that she did. I am so sorry to read that she has passed.

Posted by Marti Morgan - Springville, TN - Friend   September 08, 2021

Cathy and I met in 1973 when we were both freshmen in a chemistry class. I was a Mayfield graduate and we became friends. In my sophomore year I moved into the apartment that she had in the second story of her parents home. We became fast friends and she was one of the smartest people I have ever known. We had so many good times fishing on Blood River in her Dad's fishing boat. I had never fished in m life. We had so much fun. Hard classes together and fun times. I am saddened to hear that my funny, sweet friend is gone. I would give anything if Bill or Ron's widow would reach out to me when they are able.

Posted by Kathy Kelley - Mayfield, KY - Friend   September 07, 2021

I always knew when she called lab for results as soon as she said my name it was Dr Christopher. Very concerned for her patients.

Posted by Paula Shaw - Murray, KY - Coworker   September 06, 2021

Cathy was a good friend during our Pike Little sister days. I am so sorry for your loss

Posted by Claudia Watkins Wayne - Robards, KY - Friend   September 05, 2021

Cathy was an excellent Dr. ,spent time with her patients, was thorough, and did the "right" thing.
Ann Thornton

Posted by Ann Thorton - Murray, KY - Coworker   September 05, 2021

So sorry to hear of Cathy's death. She was an amazing personsmart, funny, kind, and so much fun to be around! I met her at Murray State and was blessed to call her my sister in Alpha Omicron Pi. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Prayers and heartfelt condolences to Bill and family.

Posted by Christe Westfall - Hopkinsville, KY - Friend   September 05, 2021

I was saddened when I heard the news of Dr. Christopher's passing. I had the Honor of and Privilege of meeting and taking care of her on 5 south at MCCH. Such a Sweet, kind Lady. She will be Missed by all who knew her and those who's lives she impacted. Prayers to Mr. Bill and her Family.

Posted by Vonda Sanders - Murray, KY   September 05, 2021

If you met her, she left a lasting impression. She was my doctor and friend for more than 25 years. I will miss so many things about her. She was definitely one of a kind. My heart aches at the loss of this amazing woman!

Posted by Bobbie Canerfy - Murray, KY   September 05, 2021

Cathy was a true Racer fan and always very supportive of my office. She was always a card and made me question if she was happy or unhappy but would finish things up with a smile. She was always concerned about my health and very willing to help. She will be missed!

Posted by Susan Darnell - Murray, KY - Friend   September 05, 2021

I worked with Dr. Christopher at Murray for many years, She also was my personal physician for several years and I can tell you she was amazing. She was one of the brightest and most thorough doctors I've ever known in my 46 years of Nursing.

Posted by Judy Williams - South Fulton, TN - Coworker   September 04, 2021

We were sorry to hear about the loss of Cathy. God had another plan for Cathy; now she is in God's arms.

Prayerfully, Jim and Judy Stahler

Posted by Jim Stahler - Murray, KY - Friend   September 04, 2021

RIP Christopher and prayers for peace and strength for your friends and family

Posted by Elaine Jetton - Louisville, KY - Friend   September 04, 2021

Cathy was my doctor for many years. I even followed her to Paris and Trigg County. She helped me greatly through the most difficult time in my life. So sorry to hear of her passing.

Posted by Joanna Adams - Murray, KY - Friend   September 04, 2021


My deepest condolences to Bill and all of Cathy's family. She was a great life long friend. I will miss her quick wit and friendship, even from a long distance.

Posted by Joyce Repsher - Dallas, TX - Friend   September 04, 2021

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