A career switch for Murphree

Jerry Murphree

Photo by Clarke Davis
Now providing restoration services, Jerry Murphree has a van equipped with the machines to rid a home of fire, smoke, and water damage.


by Clarke Davis
Jerry Murphree Jr., known for years as the tire man around Meriden, has launched a new profession and is now providing restoration services for fire and water damaged homes and businesses.
He has been schooled through classes in Kansas City and has become IICRC certified in this field.
“One almost has to be a chemist to do this work,” he said.
Rather than join a franchise, he has decided to go it alone under his company name, Murphree Enterprises Inc. He also buys, remodels, and sells houses and has rental properties.
A van, equipped with the pumps, dehumidifiers, fans, and chemicals, has been purchased and is ready to roll when called. He can also steam clean carpets.
“Timeliness is important in this business,” he said. “Whether it’s smoke damage or water, one needs to get to it quickly — hopefully within the first 24 to 48 hours.”
In the case of water damage, and that is the most common, Murphree will empty the place of its contents, work with the insurance company involved, and attempt to salvage as much as possible and restore the property back to its original condition.
Most of it he can do himself, but some of the carpentry work might be subcontracted.
Murphree, 40, is a Hot Springs, Ark., native who graduated from a Raleigh, N.C., private high school. His father, Jerry Murphree Sr., is a Baptist minister and headed a church in Topeka for awhile, the reason Jerry Jr. came to this area. His father has since returned to Hot Springs.
Jerry has worked at Hallmark Cards for 10 years and was in the tire business 15 years, five in North Topeka and 10 in Meriden under the sign, Tires 4 Less. That business closed in January.
He and his wife, Petrina, have a son, Joshua, 12. Petrina is a secretary at the Jefferson West Elementary School.

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