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Burl Clay Morris

January 7, 1937 ~ September 23, 2019 (age 82)

Burl Clay Morris was born in Mount Pleasant, Kentucky on January 7, 1937 to the late Ulys Granville and Sophia Ellen Morris. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Roger K. Morris; two sisters, Anna Mary Snell and Mabry Embry.  He is survived by his wife of thirty-four  years, Doris Marie Morris; two sons, Jeffrey G. Morris (Rhonda) of Horse Branch, Kentucky  and James R. Masterson (Amanda) of Owensboro, Kentucky; one daughter, Janet L. (John) Higdon of Owensboro, Kentucky; eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren who were his pride; several nieces, nephews and many many friends. He was a member of Rosine United Methodist Church.

Burl attended Army Basic Training in 1958 and was honorably discharged in January of 1969 as a Captain of the United States Army 100th Division. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1959 with a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and Physics.

Burl retired from Big Rivers Electric in 1999. He was the current President of HTI, Inc.

Burl served as Magistrate for the 5th District for 12 years. He loved his community, friends and neighbors. Burl was active in many different causes that affect our community, Caney Creek Watershed Project, bringing 911 services to Ohio County; the Rosine Veteran’s Memorial and was still fighting for Broadband to be brought to the rural areas of Ohio County. He was a managing partner with OCEDA and was the treasurer for the Horse Branch Area Center for many years. He always tried to help others that were in need as long as they tried to help themselves. He will be missed by his family, friends and many people in the community.

Burl’s motto was “Control the Controllable and the heck with the rest”

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 28, 2019 at William L. Danks Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, Kentucky with Rev. Earnest Whitely and Rev. Mike Baldwin officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Horse Branch, Kentucky with full military honors by Ohio County Honor Guard. Friends may visit with Burl’s family from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Friday and 9:00 AM until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

The family requests expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to Hospice of Ohio County, 1211 Main Street, Hartford, KY 42347.

Online messages of condolences may be left for the family of Burl Clay Morris by visiting his memorial page at

Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Ohio County
1211 Main Street, Hartford KY 42347

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