Marvin Lynn Morrison

Posted 10/20/20

Seven weeks after a life-saving lung transplant and a valiant, courageous attempt to recover, aided heroically by his transplant team, Marvin Lynn Morrison, age 77, of Huntsville, Texas, departed this life and entered eternity Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in the presence of his second wife Ann Brock Morrison and his children, Shelli Morrison Weiss, Scott Owen Morrison, Avery-Ann Weiss, Brad Brock, and Jaina Wakefield at Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

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Marvin Lynn Morrison

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Seven weeks after a life-saving lung transplant and a valiant, courageous attempt to recover, aided heroically by his transplant team, Marvin Lynn Morrison, age 77, of Huntsville, Texas, departed this life and entered eternity Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in the presence of his second wife Ann Brock Morrison and his children, Shelli Morrison Weiss, Scott Owen Morrison, Avery-Ann Weiss, Brad Brock, and Jaina Wakefield at Baylor-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston, Texas.

To those who uplifted Marvin and his family through the waiting period and the last seven weeks since surgery, heartfelt gratitude for your abiding prayer vigilance and every way you uplifted and loved on Marvin and his family, especially Ann, Shelli, and Scott. By unconditional love’s saving grace through Jesus Christ, Marvin is in the presence of others who love him just as much and more as ourselves, healthy, wholly restored with the Breath of Life that nothing can diminish.

Marvin was born November 10, 1942 in Houston, Texas to William Lenwood Morrison and Oween Kennedy Morrison both of Groveton, Texas. The family relocated to Houston, Texas after WWII, then to Humble, Texas in 1958 where Marvin attended school and graduated from Humble High School. Marvin entered the U.S. Navy in 1962. Having already met Byrna Lou Karcher, they married December 10, 1962. Marvin was stationed mostly out of Norfolk, Virginia, as a sonar operator on the USS Swerve Aggressive Class minesweeper assigned to the Florida and Cuban waters during the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon being honorably discharged having achieved the rank of Sonarman Third Class, Marvin, Bunty, and baby daughter Shelli moved to Huntsville, Texas where Marvin attended Sam Houston State University, graduating with a BBA in 1968. During this time, Scott was born and Bunty worked as an executive secretary, eventually for the Texas Parole Board for many years. Following graduation, Marvin worked several years for GM Corporation moving the family to Spring, Texas. Then he built and co-owned Huntsville Auto Supply relocating the family back to Huntsville. He earned a Masters of Science Degree from SHSU 1995, having added CAD to his skills which led to several years with Brown Services of Humble, Texas.

Ever enlarging his skills and tapping into talents, Marvin enjoyed working all over the world on many different projects in the offshore drilling industry for a variety of companies. Over the span of his career as a project manager he worked in Argentina, Portugal, India, South Africa and Norway just to name a few of the countries, but he loved Singapore the most where wife Bunty, who loved to travel, joined him. He spent eight plus years there in the 2000's working for Atwood and Wilhelmsen. He also worked for Diamond Offshore, Santa Fe Drilling, Global Marine, Falcon Drilling and Reading & Bates. He made such great friends throughout the years and they will all remember him for his love for fishing and the game of golf.

There were a few times Marvin thought he would leave offshore drilling for a job in an industry less cyclical. Upon leaving overseas employment they returned to Huntsville where he worked for TDCJ in the engineering department on two separate occasions. During this time Bunty passed away in March 2010 after a valiant several year fight with cancer.

Additionally in retirement, while expanding his love of fishing, boating, and golf, lots of golf, Marvin has been the Mr. Fix It for friends and extended family utilizing his abundant skills and talents with computers, welding, designing, building, tractor/backhoe work, and endless problem solving mechanical abilities. In later life, golf replaced Marvin’s earlier loves of speed and flying; with his brother and sidekick Kenneth, Marvin earned his private pilot’s license in the sixties in single prop high wings and low wings, and later, qualified in even more aircraft.

Later Marvin met Ann Brock of Madisonville and they married in 2014, residing in Huntsville surrounded by both families. Their home church being University Heights Baptist Church, Huntsville, TX.

Marvin was preceded in death by his first wife Byrna Lou Karcher Morrison, his mother Oween Kennedy Morrison, his younger brother Kenneth Owen Morrison, and his father William Lenwood Morrison, and grandparents A.D. Kennedy and Drusie Lee Kennedy of Groveton and William Marvin Morrison and Janie Forsythe Morrison of Trinity County, and all aunts and uncles but one, Christine Morris Kennedy of Groveton.

In addition to being survived by wife Ann, daughter Shelli, and son Scott, Marvin is survived by Shelli’s husband Robert Weiss and two granddaughters, Blair Young Treat, husband Jeremy and great-grandson Benjamin and granddaughter Avery Ann Weiss and her boyfriend Tommy Douga. Marvin is also survived by sisters Kathleen Morrison Brown and husband Larry and sister Elaine Morrison Schwartz and numerous nieces, Kim Kassaw, husband Todd, Melinda West, husband Dew, Lauren Bortnem, husband Brett, Alanna Marie Dissake, grandnieces Katie, Isabella, Mila and grandnephews Tanner, Ethan, Alden. Additionally, Stepson’s Brad and Chad Brock, stepdaughter Brittany Free, step grandsons - Dillion Brock, Bryce Moore, step granddaughters - Bailey Wakefield, Kenize Brock, Sammi Free, Claytie Free, step-great grandchildren - Bryson Brock, Madison Morales, Allison Brock.

Funeral services for Mr. Morrison will be Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m., at Oaklawn Baptist Church, E Highway 94, Groveton, Texas 75845, (936) 642-1314. Interment will follow at Bennett Cemetery, E Highway 94, Apple Springs, Texas 75926. Both services will be officiated by Brother Lester McAdams.

Those attending are invited to return to Oaklawn Baptist Church for a time of reflection and sharing of memories at the conclusion of the graveside service.

Services arranged by Groveton Funeral Home and Directors.

Please share your memories with the family and sign the online guestbook at www.grovetonfuneralhome.com. If you want to add a small memento to the urn container, please bring it to the service.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to House of Hope, 901 W. Trinity St., Madisonville, Texas 77864.

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