Earl Morris, 77, Creston

Earl Morris, 77, Creston, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, after a brief illness.

Earl was born June 1, 1935, in Gilstrap, Butler County, Ky., the son of the late Ewin D. and Viola B. (Renfrow) Morris. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marilyn Fox Morris, on Oct. 27, 1999, and later married Pearl Justine Bratcher on July 9, 2006. She survives.

He had worked at Baskins in Shreve and later retired from the Wayne County Rubber Co. He had made his home in the Shreve area for many years moving to Creston in 2006. He was an avid hunter.

Surviving in addition to his wife are children Terry (Liz) Morris of Big Prairie, the Rev. T. Clifton (Valerie) Morris of Vermillion, Beverly (Tim) Warne of Avon, Fla., and Tim (Lesa) Morris of Big Prairie; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren; stepchildren Bobby Myers of West Virginia, Sherry (Dan) Younker of Wooster and Missie Bratcher of Smithville; 11 step-grandchildren; a step-great-grandchild; and a sister, Lorene Butler of Burbank.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; a daughter and son-in-law, Teena and Mark Tracey; brothers Aaron C., Clifton, and Franklin and Elmer Morris; and a sister, Pauline Smith.

Private family services were Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Murray Funeral Home in Creston, with the Revs. Jeff Ball and T. Clifton Morris officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Shreve.

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