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Morris Joe Connaway

November 14, 1941August 17, 2018
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Obituary of Morris Joe Connaway

Morris Joe Connaway was born on November 14, 1941 in Brownwood, Texas. He passed away on August 17, 2018 in Temple, Texas at the age of 76 years, 9 months, 3 days. He was born to William Jay and Eva Bailey Connaway, and was the younger brother of William (Bill) Connaway.

Morris Joe (MJ) attended school in Brownwood, and graduated from Brownwood High School in 1960. Following graduation he attended North Texas State University (UNT) in Denton, TX. It was here that he met the love of his life in 1961, Caryl Jones from Baytown, TX. It was love at first sight, and five months later they married on February 24, 1962 in Denton, TX. Morris Joe and Caryl had three children, Laurie, Wesley and Ellen.

He became employed with Texas Power and Light in Brownwood in 1967. He served in several management roles during his career with TP&L, moving his family to communities of Stephenville, Cleburne, Tyler, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Hillsboro, Waco, and Temple, where he retired in 1997, under the company’s then name of TU Electric.

He was a Master Mason, member of the Masonic Lodge 1125 in Killeen, Texas. He served as President of the Brownwood Jaycees in 1966, and held board positions on several Chambers of Commerce through his career. Most recently Morris Joe was active in a local men’s Bible study at Temple Bible Church.

In earlier years, many weekends with his family were spent on the family ranch outside of Brownwood, TX. He also took up golf and it became a favorite hobby for many years. His other treasured pastime was hunting. Following his retirement, he took the trip of a lifetime in 1998 to Africa. During hunting season, he looked forward to weekends with friends and his son at a deer lease near Goldthwaite, TX. He also enjoyed many trips to Wyoming to hunt antelope and made one excursion to Kansas to hunt deer. His true love was his family, and there was nothing he looked forward to more than being with his wife, children and granddaughter. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

Morris Joe was preceded in death by his parents William and Eva, and his older brother William Jay Connaway. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Caryl, and his children: Laurie, Belton, TX; Wesley Jay (Deb), Allen, TX; Ellen, Lago Vista, TX; his granddaughter Victoria, Belton, TX; two step-grandchildren, Jonathan and Jason, Plano, TX; nieces Beverleigh (David), Paris, TX, and Carolyn, Fisher, TX.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 11 a.m., at Jordan Springs Cemetery, Brownwood, TX. Friends and family may also pay their respects at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Temple, TX from Wednesday Aug 22 - Friday Aug 24, between 9 am - 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/donate.


  • Caryl Connaway, Wife
  • Laurie, Daughter
    Wesley Jay and wife Deb, Son
    Ellen, Daughter
    Victoria, Granddaughter
    Jonathan and Jason, Step-Grandsons
    Beverleigh and husband David, Niece
    Carolyn, Niece


  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 25, 2018

Morris Joe Connaway

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Kathyrn Brim

August 26, 2018

I have such fond memories of going to jay and eva’s house where our parents played 42. All of us kids would sit in a dark room and tell ghost stories. Scared us to death but so much fun. Hope your trip beyond the stars is beautiful.

Eddie Ferguson

August 22, 2018

What a unique man! I enjoyed working for Morris Joe more than any boss if have ever had. The highlight of my day was when we all gathered in my office with M.J. holding court. Some of his sayings and bits of wisdom I have stolen and still use today. He would always start out with "Ferguson" and then usually something that needed some time to soak in. My favorite and one I have used many times came about one day when I was having an issue with a directive that had been sent down from the corporate office. His response was "Ferguson there are only a couple of thinking positions in this outfit and you don't have one of them."

Rest in peace my good friend.

Larry Higgins

August 21, 2018

M. J. was truly a unique individual who was humorous without even trying. It was an honor to work for him and to call him a very good friend. He will be greatly missed but the wonderful memories will remain forever.

Betty Wilson

August 21, 2018

It was such a pleasure to work for Mr. Connaway, never once dreaded going to work. His management style & dry sense of humor was always appreciated & humorous. Always had my deepest respect & provided a listening ear when needed. I fondly remember a conversation during the transition times of TXU. He was working on a project & no one higher up had any knowlege of anything. He walked out of his office with that inquisitive grin and said..."Mrs. Wilson, we are paralized by indecision", which was not the norm. Always made me laugh & completely understood the challenges of a "working mom". Great boss & friend...rest in peace .

Charles Hill

August 21, 2018

M J was the best kind of supervisor for a young man like me. He helped me figure out what I wanted out of my career and gave me strategies to achieve those goals. Later he became a long term friend and advisor. I will always remember him fondly!

Victoria Hough

August 21, 2018

I love you forever Papa❤️❤️❤️ This RN,BSN is for YOU!!❤️

Donald Montgomery

August 20, 2018

We will all miss MJ; having hired me for my first job in Killeen, fresh out of college, I counted him not just my boss but my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with MJ's entire family.
God Bless You!

Dwight Royall

August 20, 2018

M.J. was a loyal and long-time friend. From our days in Brownwood, to Tyler and Copperas Cove we always stayed in contact and enjoyed our visits. My prayers for the Carole and the family.