Carl Comstock Morrow, 86, of Gun Barrel City, Texas, passed away on July 1, 2020, having lived a full life. Carl was born on June 15, 1934, in San Angelo, Texas, to Bernard (B.L.) and Edith Morrow.
He was an only child, and both his parents preceded him early in death. Carl served in the United States Navy during the Korean war on an aircraft carrier stationed in Korea. He recounted harrowing stories of his time in combat. Following his honorable discharge, he started his career in the oilfield. He attended Texas Tech in Lubbock, then moved and began working full-time in the Permian Basin in West Texas (Monahans.) In the 70’s he started drilling overseas in Israel, Netherlands, then offshore in Norway, and in 2000 moved to the Gulf of Mexico where he retired at age 75. He would have kept working, but he said he was tired of swimming out of the submerged helicopter, required for the safety training. Carl and his wife, Karren, traveled extensively upon his retirement, finally settling in Gun Barrel City, Texas, for the lake life. He was an active Mason and Shriner most of his life, also serving as Worthy Patron in Eastern Star. He earned his Amateur Radio license in 2019 and was active in the Cedar Creek ARC. He loved his dachshund, Junior, and enjoyed the peaceful life of retirement with family. He maintained an amazing mind and inquisitive nature, was well-read and knowledgeable on all current events, which he was happy to discuss. Carl lived an honorable life and was truly representative of that “greatest generation.”
Carl is survived by his beloved wife, Karren Alexander, three daughters Sheila Dawn (Craig) Beddingfield, ‘Mitzi’ Michelle Fawn Harris, and Rachel Edith (Bart) Hall; four grandchildren Jacob (Alex) Beddingfield, Jamie Shires, Jessica (Tyrel) Johnson, and Kayla Shires; two great-grandchildren Lexi Johnson, and just born Ava Leigh Beddingfield. He looked forward to the end of the COVID restrictions so he could at last hold Ava.
Due to the current COVID environment, the family has decided not to have a funeral service. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.
The family sincerely appreciates the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time; it has touched our hearts and helped lift our sorrow.