Services for Douglas Morris will be 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, in the Craddock Memorial Chapel with Elders Mike Hughes, Ricky Harcrow and Mike Montgomery officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6-7 this evening at the funeral home.
Douglas was born to Albert and Katie Morris June 5, 1929, at Verden, Okla., and died March 26, 2013, in Oklahoma City, at the age of 83.
He and Clariece Martin grew up on neighboring farms. They married July 28, 1949, in Chickasha, Okla. Douglas had the greatest respect for Clariece. They were friends from early childhood. She was employed, and provided great support for him while he was earning a B.S. degree in Stillwater. She has been his lifelong love, friend and supporter.
Douglas served two years in the U.S. Army of which 15 months was with the 6th Armored Calvary Regiment in Bavaria, Germany. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and served as a deacon for many years. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla. Douglas was very devoted to his professional life to Vocational Education, and taught and gained great respect of many high school and adult students. He taught Industrial Welding and served as Business and Industrial Coordinator at the Southern Oklahoma Technology Center in Ardmore. He retired in 1988. He had a great love for the family.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Katie.
He is survived by his wife, Clariece of the home; son, Terry Wayne Morris and wife, Belinda of Ardmore, Okla.; daughter, Pamala Sue Bates of Ocean Springs, Mississippi; grandchildren, Clayton Bates of Mobile, Alabama, Tyler Morris of San Antonio, Texas, and Crystal Mazza and husband, David of Columbus, Ohio; one great-grandchild, David James Mazza III; brothers, Robert Morris and wife, Charlene of Virginia, and Herbert Morris and wife, Vanada of Oregan.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Bates, Tyler Morris, David Hull, Daniel Hull, Hal Martin and Jay Martin.
Memorials may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 Northeast 13th. Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104.
Online condolences may be made at craddockfuneralhome.com.