The Rev. Lloyd Brittain "L.B." Morrow, 99, of Kingston passed away Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Jamestowne Assisted Living, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 26, 1914, in Randolph County, Ophelia Section, Ala., to Robert Bowden Morrow (born in 1883, died 1968) and Ruth Pearl Gibson Morrow (born in 1892, died 1978). The origin of their ancestors traces back to Mississippi.
He grew to adulthood in the Clay County area, where at the Cragford School House, All Day Dinner and Singing, he met Clarice Leverna Ogletree. They married on March 4, 1939 in Lineville, Ala., at their preacher's house and went down the road to his parents' home.
He worked for Mr. Bruner Gaither on his farm for $4 per week, the WPA for $39 a month and was later promoted to timekeeper in Ashland, Ala., where he earned a total of $42.90 monthly.
The couple increased their family to include Janet, Gayle and Anita. He began employment with Union Carbide in Oak Ridge in 1950. Always an enterprising hard worker, after buying a home in Kingston, he began a sideline business, selling refrigerator defrosters, chenille bath sets and small throw rugs to supplement his income. This eventually led to an early retirement from his machinist job at Carbide and the opening of his own carpet store in Midtown. He and Leverna worked together selling and installing carpet for several years. Later, he dabbled in woodworking, crafting pieces of furniture such as tables, chests, swings, gliders, hall trees and even bed frames.
Saved at age 17, he wanted to be a minister but that wasn't to be. In 1977, after selling the business and following the urging of his heart, he began a deep involvement in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ by making mission trips wherever he heard of a need to be met that he was capable of filling. He took a course in Spanish to help with those speaking the language. He was a deacon emeritus at Kingston First Baptist Church, where he had been a member for more than 52 years. On June 26, 1991, at age 76, he was ordained as a minister at Kingston First Baptist Church. For the next 14 years, he made more than three mission trips, including the Philippines, Africa, Guatemala, England, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil and into all but two of the states. In September 2002, at age 87, and August 2003, he participated in the Volunteer Partnership Crusade to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Another trip to Rio was in the planning stages during the late months of 2003 and early 2004, but a heart attack put him in the hospital, where he underwent surgery consisting of five bypasses and a mitral valve replacement. Although this slowed him down, after rehab therapy, he continued for a while his ministry to the inmates at the jail in Kingston. There were times when he had scheduled a trip that caused unease about the location being safe, but that was never a deterrent. No matter how his wife felt about any danger to him, she just said, "If something happens to him, at least he was doing what he wanted to do and felt was Gods will."
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Leverna Morrow; granddaughters, Wanda Lea Hendrix and Donita Roberts; sisters, Mary Lynn Hasty, Lizzie Lou Burke, Edna Maurice Gilley and Betty Ruth McKinney; brothers, Ellis Newton Morrow, Wyatt Gibson Morrow and Robert Brenton Morrow.
Survivors include daughters, Janet Hendrix and husband Gerald, Kingston, Gayle M. Neenan, Mobile, Ala., and Anita Dollahite and husband Ken, Springtown, Texas; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Lewis Morrow and wife Dot, Ashland, Ala., and Claude Morrow, Montgomery, Ala.; brother-in-law, Harold Ogletree and wife Ann, Tifton, Ga.; sisters-in-law, Catherine Ogletree, Macon, Ga., Faye Ogletree, Tifton, and Okema Morrow, Lineville, Ala.; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of special friends
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Fraker Funeral Home, Kingston. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the chapel of Fraker Funeral Home, with grandson Jerry Wayne Hamilton and the Rev. Sonny Works officiating, with procession following to Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood for a graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund, c/o Kingston First Baptist Church, 215 N. Kentucky St., Kingston, TN. 37763.
An online register book can be signed at www.FrakerFuneralHome.net