Dateline: March 22, 2007

Ira Kenneth Morrow, 77, died Wednesday, March 14, 2007, in Clarendon.

Services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2007, in the First Baptist Church in Clarendon with Rev. Darrell Burton, Pastor of the Martin Baptist Church, and Rev. Claude Porter, officiating. Burial was in Citizens Cemetery. Services were under the arrangement of Robertson Funeral Directors, Inc., of Clarendon.

Mr. Morrow was born in Alanreed, Texas, on July 31, 1929, to I.B. “Kenneth” and Jewel Elizabeth Walker Morrow. He graduated from Clarendon High School in 1946. He wanted to be a pilot during WWII but was too young to join. As soon as he could, he joined the Army Air Corps pursuing his dream to fly and served his country from 1946 to 1949 in Alaska at Fort Wainwright, and in Roswell, New Mexico. He received training in the service for welding; and because of his skill, he was carried over to the Army when the Army Air Corps was split into two branches of the military: the Army and the Air Force. He then attended Clarendon College for one year, studying accounting and cabinet making. He married Jeanne Marie Percival in 1949 in Clarendon, and the couple settled in Clarendon the same year, where he began the construction of what would be the first of the three homes he would construct for his family.

He was a self-employed building contractor, working with his father and brothers and sisters on various construction projects such as storm cellars, home construction, roofing, and concrete work within Donley County, primarily in Clarendon. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Clarendon.

Mr. Morrow was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Samuel David Morrow; and one sister, Maggie Stewart.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Marie Morrow of Clarendon; three sons, Daniel Lee Morrow and Joe Wayne Morrow both of Dallas, and John Earl Morrow of Clarendon; two brothers, Earl B. Morrow and John Tom Morrow of Clarendon; five sisters, Helen Myers of Lelia Lake, Lucy Torres of Memphis, Ina Blasingame of Mineral Wells, Mary Brown and Rosey Myers, both of Amarillo; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren.

The family requests memorials be to Odyssey Hospice or the Medical Center Nursing Home in Clarendon.

 

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