Nov 19, 1930 - Oct 4, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Clyde was born to Clyde Sr. and Elsie (Goheen) Morris in Topeka, KS. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years before completing a Bachelor of Music from Washburn University. Coming to Oklahoma in 1959, he studied Organ and Oboe at the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Master of Music. During this time, he was also an oboist in the Oklahoma City Symphony. Clyde studied oboe and harpsichord in New York City while enrolled at Union Theological Seminary. He completed one year of doctoral study at Indiana University and studied oboe at Yale University with Robert Bloom. Clyde played the organ dedication of Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University while employed there as Assistant Professor of Music and Chairman of the Organ Department. Simultaneously, he was the Choirmaster-Organist at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral. Clyde subsequently left Oklahoma and lived in various parts of the country. He was particularly fond of Newport, RI. Upon returning to Oklahoma, Clyde enrolled in SWOSU and earned a Master's in Counseling and Guidance. He worked at Health South in rehab counseling and biofeedback. While working as a counselor, Clyde continued in the field of music, first as the Organist-Choirmaster of St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City and more recently, St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Norman. Many people knew Clyde best as a lover of horses, particularly Arabians. He has owned, bred, and shown horses throughout his life. All who knew Clyde will forever be touched by his warmth, kindness, and sincere interest in the lives of others. Survivors include his niece and best friend, Carla Cain Nixon, and her husband Greg; sisters: Arlene Morris, of Oklahoma City; and Sherry Soelter and husband Bob of Abilene, KS; and brothers: Dale Morris and wife Edna "Eddie," of Abilene, KS; and Phil Morris and Marilyn McKenzie, of Topeka, KS. He also leaves three generations of more nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blaze's Equine Rescue, 17667 Markita Dr, Jones, OK 73049. Memorial services will be held at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Norman, OK, Sunday, October 13, 2013, at 3 p.m.
Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 8, 2013