Johnnie Lee Morrow was born on October 2, 1931, to the late Frank, Sr., and Eula Morrow in Maplesville, Alabama. He united with the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church at an early age. Johnnie was the oldest of his siblings. His father, Frank, Sr., sustained an injury which rendered him unable to work and care for the family.
At an early age, to make sure that his father, mother, and siblings were taken care of, Johnnie left school and got a job. He was all about caring for his family. He worked for years at Millard Reynolds Sawmill until he decided to relocate to Toledo, Ohio, to live with his uncle. Upon moving to Ohio, Johnnie worked several jobs. He ultimately found employment with Hunt Wesson Food, whose name later changed to Conagra Foods. Johnnie worked in the shipping department until he retired. That family loyalty remained a part of his character for the remainder of his life.
Johnnie lived in Toledo, Ohio,
for over thirty-five years. While
there, he united with the Shiloh Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Theodore Horton. Johnnie served as president of the Usher Board. He also drove the church van to bring members to church or to drive them to doctors’ appointments. He was a loving and caring person who enjoyed working in the community and helping all he could.
In 2002, Johnnie returned to Maplesville, Alabama, and reunited with the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. He served in the same capacity as he had in Ohio–member of the Usher Board.
In 1956, Johnnie was united in holy matrimony to the late Mattie Mae Gardner Morrow. To this union, three children were born.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank, Sr., and Eula Morrow; brother, Frank Morrow, Jr.; sister, Betty L. Agee; and daughter, Rhonda K. Brown.
To cherish his memories Johnnie leaves behind: two sons, Michael (Glinda) Morrow and Carl (Evelyn) Morrow, both of Maplesville, Alabama; three daughters, Brenda Reed of Jemison, Alabama, Pamela (Allen) Goodwin of Plantersville, Alabama, and Angela Thigpen of Midfield, Alabama; three brothers, Grady (Frances) Morrow of Monroe, Michigan, Melvin (Queen) Morrow of Maplesville, Alabama, and Arthur (Jackie) Hodges of Lovespark, Illinois; six sisters, Jessie Andrews, Mary Wilson, Ethel Davis, Rosa Morrow, all of Maplesville, Alabama, and Pearl Gentry and Ruby Morrow, both of Detroit, Michigan; sister-in-law, Mary Rogers Morrow; brother-in-law, Earlie (Clara) Gardner of Maplesville, Alabama; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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