OBITUARY

John W. Morrow Jr.

November 18, 1935October 6, 2013

John W. Morrow, Jr., age 77, passed away on Sunday, the 6th of October 2013, in Austin after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Houston on the 18th of November 1935. A life-long Houstonian, John graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1954 and married his high school sweetheart, Constance C. LeCorgne in 1955. He attended Rice University and held a BBA degree from the University of Houston. He was a Texas Funeral Director Association past president and Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service regent and treasurer. A licensed funeral director for over 40 years, he began his distinguished career in 1957 working in his family's funeral home, Settegast-Kopf Funeral Directors in downtown Houston. When the firm was sold to Service Corporation International in 1970, he became vice-president of the company eventually heading its Central Region. In 1990, he held the position of president and chief operating officer of the funeral division until he earned the position of executive vice-president heading up corporate development. He retired from SCI in 2000. During his career, he traveled extensively and had so many friends all across the country. To know John was to love him and if you were his friend, it was for life. After his retirement, he and his wife travelled the world. He stayed in touch with his many friends and met frequently for lunch with his San Jacinto High School football teammates. He was an avid sports fan, supporting the Owl Club and the RBI Club at Rice. He was a season ticket holder for the Texans and the Astros. John's first love was his family. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Lorena and John William Morrow, Sr.; and his son, Michael. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Connie; sons, John W. Morrow, III, and Scott Morrow; daughter, Kellye Babin and Husband David; grandchildren, Adrienne Morrow, Trent Morrow, John "Jack" Prostko, Cammie Prostko and Jake Babin; brothers, Clint Morrow and wife Carol; and Robert Morrow and wife Sandra; and his three nieces and a nephew. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five o’clock in the afternoon until seven o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 9th of October, in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. The funeral service is to be conducted at eleven o’clock in the morning, on Thursday, the 10th of October, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 5300 Main Street in Houston, where Dr. Jim Birchfield, Senior Pastor, is to officiate. The interment service is to follow, via an escorted cortege, at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 13001 Katy Freeway in Houston. Those honored to serve as casket bearers during the service include Robert Waltrip, DeWitt Morrow, Lanny Glick, Mike Wells, Alan Finger, Roy Elledge, Perry Waughtal, Louis Macey, Frank Bantle, Gordon Earhardt and John Burleson. Honored to serve as honorary casket bearers are the seniors of the 1953 San Jacinto football team, "The Band of Brothers". Immediately following the interment, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at Montebello Condominiums, 1100 Uptown Park Boulevard in Houston. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in John’s memory may be directed to My Friends Foundation, P.O. Box 25294, Houston, TX, 77265.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, October 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 10, 2013
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Lynne Hummel

December 2, 2013

My sincere sympathies to Jack and Cammie who have lost a wonderful grandfather. Mr. Morrow showed us every kindness and demonstated the stength of his character. He was truely a kind and good man. I am sorry for your loss.

October 12, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of John's death. Our thoughts are with all the family. We have special memories of the Morrows and Schmids as family friends during our childhoods. Special greetings and shared sadness to Clint, a college fraternity brother. Tom and Beth Schmid, Santa Barbara, CA

Graham Stein

October 11, 2013

Connie & Family,
John was a giant in the funeral service profession. It was always a pleasure working with him throughout my SCI years and I truly enjoyed my association with him.
Graham A. Stein
President, SCI (Canada) Ltd. 1998-1993

Allen and Penny Mincho

October 10, 2013

John was a kind and gentle friend. We often sat next to John at church and greatly enjoyed visiting with him. He will be sorely missed by all his friends at St. Andrew Presbyterian in Marble Falls.

John Carmon

October 10, 2013

John was the "consumate" professional and I admired him greatly. The funeral director's funeral director he was a man of his word and used the gifts God gave him for the betterment of all. His generosity to the Funeral Service Foundation showed his commitment and love of his chosen profession for generations of those who are called to this great work. My prayers and sympathy to his entire family.
John C. Carmon, Avon, CT, Past President NFDA

Mark Matthews

October 10, 2013

One fine man who will be sadly missed by friends, colleagues and golfing buddies. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family.

Mark McGilley

October 9, 2013

To the Morrow Family -

John was a great friend, mentor and consummate Funeral Professional. I will miss him and keep him in my prayers. Take Care & God Bless

Robert Truelson

October 9, 2013

Connie and all,

I am saddened at Uncle John's passing. Such a grand man!

My heart is always with you and the Morrows, and especially so now.

October 9, 2013

Dear Connie and family, John was a member of our AJAX study group. We had great conversations concerning funeral service, etc. Of course, we skied all afternoon at Snowmass, CO. a couple of Pops and a good dinner. We met for a week every year for over twenty years. I think we got to know each other and our families.
John had a great understanding of funeral home economics. He knew how to work and make good deals, helping to build SCI.
I miss our yearly meetings as we all were very close.
Those of us who are left, now mourn the third member of AJAX.

I am sorry that I'm not able to attend John's services and express my sympathies in person. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As Funeral Directors, we too, mourn our friends.
Carleton V. Erickson ( Beecher and Bennett, F.S.- Hamden Connecticut)

October 9, 2013

Kellye and family,
John was a wonderful man and a very loyal customer to me over the years at Stewart Title. I always enjoyed closing with him and we had great conversations about everything from families, business matters to community matters. I am so sorry for your loss and pray you will find peace with his passing.
Sincerely,
Gaye Pierce
Sr. Vice Pres. & COO
Gracy Title, a stewart company