Bennett Morrow

WALNUT SPRINGS Bennett Morrow, 75, passed away Saturday morning, April 7, at his residence near Walnut Springs after an extended illness. ?Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Walnut Springs School Auditorium with Rev. Tim Emmons, Rev. Jason Sharp and Steve Morrow officiating.

Burial was in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Walnut Springs with the Walnut Springs Masonic Lodge #959 providing graveside rites.

Serving as pallbearers were Terry Flory, Charley Buckingham, Lonnie Halbert, Jarrel Southerland, Bruce McCombs, Charles Gilbreath, Marlin Dempsey, John Moore,Tommy Speer and Mel Thomas. ?Bennett was born July 29, 1936, in Haltom City, Texas, a son of the late Fred M. Morrow Sr. and Pauline Gabbert Morrow.

He had lived in Walnut Springs most of his life and finished high school there in 1955. On May 29, 1955, he was united in marriage to Ruthie Tanner, his high school sweetheart, in Walnut Springs.

?Bennett worked as a self-employed carpenter and building contractor for many years. In 1991 he ran for and was elected Justice of Peace for Precinct #1 in Bosque County, an office he held for 20 years.

During that time he attended numerous judicial courses in schools. He also served as Meridian City Judge for 17 years and Clifton City Judge for two years.

Bennett had also served on the Walnut Springs I.S.D. School Board, Bosque County Historical Commission, HOTCOG Committee, Walnut Springs Lions Club, member of Walnut Springs Masonic Lodge #959, Walnut Springs Order of Eastern Star #401, Walnut Springs Volunteer Fire Department, City of Walnut Springs and held various positions in the Walnut Springs Baptist Church where he was a member.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 57 years, Ruthie Morrow, of Walnut Springs; daughters Verna Ashcraft and her husband, Kevin, of Rockport and Sharla Collins and husband, Steve, of Walnut Springs; a son, Greg Morrow, and his wife, Cheryl, of Walnut Springs; grandchildren Derik, April, Stephania, Maegan, Ashlee, Deidra, Matthew, Ryan and Johnna; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn Autrey, of Meridian; numerous nieces,nephews, other relatives and many, many, friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Don Morrow, on Feb. 10, 2000; and brothers Fred Jr., Carroll and Leland.

Memorials are requested to be made to the Walnut Springs Baptist Church or the North Bosque Helping Hands in Meridian in memory of Bennett.

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