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Ray Eugene Morrison
July 19, 1933 ~ February 2, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Gene Morrison, a man of unyielding strength and with a heart as vast as the Oklahoma plains, embarked on his final fishing trip to the great beyond on February 2, 2024, at the seasoned age of 90. Born on July 19, 1933, in Colcord, Oklahoma, Gene was the epitome of dependability, a true anchor in the lives of his loved ones.
Gene leaves a legacy of love and laughter with his daughters, Kathy Faulkner, Renee Morrison, and Randi Collins; his brother, Claude Morrison; a lively crew of 9 grandchildren; and a delightful gaggle of great and great-great-grandchildren. Gene's family tree has deep roots and now extends heavenward to reunite with his wife, Billie Morrison; his parents, Ray and Bessie Morrison; his brothers, Richard and Wayne "Pee Wee" Morrison; his daughter, Jonie Thompson; and his grandchildren Scott Tuter, Jessica Thompson, and Dakotah Smith.
Gene was an alumnus of Colcord High School and served his country in the Army. He then built a career, that was as solid as the structures he worked on, as an ironworker at Lee C. Moore. Gene could be found on the lake fishing, in the garden checking on his tomatoes and watermelons, and holding down the fort outside Wal-Mart (waiting for Billie with the endurance of a sentinel). Having the patience of a saint, he spoiled his grandchildren and the various critters they'd bring over. His lawn chair was his sanctuary, where he could be found whittling away the hours or holding court with the neighborhood squirrels. Gene always made sure your belly was full and your car had oil.
Celebrations of Gene’s life will rivet friends and family together at a graveside service held at Floral Haven on Friday, February 9, 2024, at 12:00pm. The ceremony will continue at Occupied Church, where stories of Gene's escapades will be as plentiful as his legendary catches. Arrangements are being handled by Nick Reynolds of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In memory of Gene, the family invites you to cast a line, don a cowboy hat, or simply sit a spell in your favorite chair. Gene's story may be complete, but the ripples of his love will continue to spread far and wide. Rest easy, Gene, and may your tales of shopping trip heroics and front-yard friendships keep us all smiling. Until we meet again, keep the Caddy running for us; we love you!