OBITUARY

Donel L. Morrison

October 2, 1930March 29, 2019
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Donel L. “Don” Morrison, age 88, of Copperas Cove, Texas passed away on Friday, March 29th, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones. Don was born October 2, 1930 in Vinita, Oklahoma to Jermey Morrison and Mamie Davis-Morrison. He married the love of his life, Billie Jean Gerard on May 9th, 1953. Together they raised three children, Cheri, Dwayne and Alissa. Don loved his country and served proudly in both the U.S. Navy and Army. He served combat tours to Korea and Vietnam. His awards while serving included a Meritorious Unit Commendation, Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster, National Defense Service Medal (Navy), Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation (Navy), Army Commendation, Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one silver service star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with palm, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal Clamp, Bronze 4 Loops, Good Conduct Medal (Navy), Joint Service Commendation Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. He retired after 20 years of service. After retirement he purchased D&D Feedstore with his son, which is still family owned and operated for over 43 years. Don enjoyed many things with his loved ones. He went fishing as often as he could when the weather was good, bowled in a bowling league with his son, grandson and daughter in-law, was a member of the Clear Creek Baptist Church and the Clear Creek Trio Plus One and every year for 24 years sang at the Spring Ho with his daughter. His whistling and singing are going to be missed greatly. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Billie Jean Morrison, father Jermey Morrison, mother Mamie Davis-Morrison, Sister Mary Lou Johnson, Sister Margie Scott, brother Joe Morrison and grandson Dustin Morrison-Kapsch. Left behind to cherish his memory are his daughter Cheri and husband Charles Brooks, son Dwayne and wife Susan Morrison, daughter Alissa and husband Tommy Murphree, granddaughter Kasey and husband Cooper Carlton, granddaughter Tobie and husband Joey Velesky, grandsons Donel Morrison and Nathaniel Murphree and granddaughter Kylea Murphree all of Copperas Cove. His 5 great grandchildren, Justin, Peyton, Shaylee, and KatieLynn Velesky, and Kenlie Carlton will also cherish his memory.The family welcomes friends and family to visit and celebrate with them in a memorial service at 11 A.M. on April 5, 2019 at Clear Creek Baptist Church.The family would also like to express their most sincere gratitude to the care teams at Heart of Texas Hospice and to the staff of Crawford Bowers Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerscopperascove.com for the Morrison family.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Burial Friday, April 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Donel L. Morrison

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Alice Krucek

April 5, 2019

You were a great uncle. I can still see your face as I walked into the feed store.you thought i was lost n needed directions lol. It was a great surprise for aunt Billies birthday as you took us to her fav diner. You couldn't believe i made it there by myself and when it was time for me to go home you n aunt billie wanted me to stay. I had awesome time , I had to come back but with jane. i will miss u both n your funny speaking n stories. God got another great guy. Love ya n someday we will see each other again

Karen Patterson

April 5, 2019

Don! Thank you for your Love and friendship,
I will miss you dearly,

Scott Summers

April 4, 2019

Never forget "Sarge." My grandaddy would take me to the feed store to see Sarge (Don Morrison). Everyone who raised cattle in the Summers family knew him, and respected him. Glad his son kept the business going. It is a community service that family has given to Copperas Cove. This community lost a great patriarch. But I take peace in knowing God gave us and Earth, Sarge for part of our lives. God bless the Morrison family in this time of great loss.

Kylea Murphree

April 4, 2019

Kylea Murphree

April 4, 2019

I didn’t have as many memories as the other grandchildren, but I’ve had plenty of good memories. Whether is was sitting on his lap eating blueberry pancakes, singing with him on his birthday, or even just sitting on the swing with him and my Mima when I spent the night. Everytime I visited him he’d always ask how I was doing or what I’d been up to. I’ll miss him and his humorous personality dearly. Rest easy, Papa.

richard oliver

April 4, 2019

Don was a very good friend. When He opened the feed store, we became better friends as he mixed feed for me. I knew him as a kind quiet person. I was little league coach for Dwayne early on and visited often with Billie.
I was proud to have know him and his family
Dick and Sue Oliver

Tobie Velesky

April 2, 2019

My childhood was a full one. While we had our feuds, so many good memories flood my mind and heart during all of this. I remember helping you pull a calf, milking a cow into a mason jar and letting the cream rise so we could make butter. I remember blowing up fire ant mounds with Black Cat fireworks and then lighting what was left on fire with gasoline. You were the one who taught me that prickly pears could be eaten and showed me how good Mustang grapes growing down by the creek were to eat. Trips to the creek were always fun, and the moment you fell in trying to catch me a catfish will never ever leave me. You shared your secret snack of peanut butter, butter and maple syrup spread on a cracker was THE BEST! You pulling all of us grand-kids in the red wagon you bought to pull behind the lawnmower is something we all remember and will talk about forever, Its hard to believe that the root to my family's stubbornness has left us. While we all struggle to find peace to fill this hole in our hearts I know that its the funny, candid moments with you that we will cherish. Through the loss of you our family has some how come full circle and is stronger than ever. We will make you proud Pap. We love you and we miss you at least until we meet again.

Tobie Brooke

Ken Meeks

April 1, 2019

As far back as the middle 70's I have known and became good friends with Don. He was always nice and had interesting conversation with me. I will truly miss him, and will continue to cherish the warmth and long friendship with his family Dwayne, Susan, Toby and Duck. May God bless and keep you all in this time of sorrow. I have much comfort in knowing that there is no more pain and that he is with his Love Billie Jean.

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Biography

      Donel L. Morrison was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Donel will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Donel was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Donel leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Donel L. Morrison.

Donel L. Morrison, age 88, of Copperas Cove, Texas passed away on Friday March 29, 2019. Donel was born October 2, 1930 in Vinita, Oklahoma to Jermey Morrison and Mamie Davis.

A memorial service for Donel will be held Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Clear Creek Baptist Church, Kempner, Texas. Following the memorial service will be a burial at Clear Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Kempner, Texas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.crawfordbowerscopperascove.com for the Morrison family.