Alton ‘Tony’ Cecil Morrell, age 72, passed away December 15, 2016 at his home in Keystone Heights, Florida, surrounded by his devoted wife Karen and loving sister Cletie.
Tony retired in 2006 from the Florida Park Service after almost 37 years of service. He is most known for his managing role at Lake Kissimmee State Park, where he took on the persona of “Rooster,” an 1800s cow hunter. This opened the door for Tony to spend the rest of his days educating folks on the history of Florida and what it means to be a true “Florida Cracker.” His hard work and dedication earned him the “Resource Manager of the Year Award” and the “Joe Kenner Award for Interpreter of the Year.”
Tony also gave six years to his country, serving in the Army National Guard. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1964.
He is predeceased by his parents Bob Morrell, Sr., and Bethel Mae Strickland Morrell; his wife of almost 40 years, Doris Louise Morrell; brother Bob ‘Edward’ Morrell, Jr.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James Bright and Vearl Roberts Bright; and brother-in-law, Charles ‘Bill’ Elliot.
He is survived by his wife of eight years, Karen Howard Morrell; daughters, Laura Jean Morrell, Shannon Louise Morrell, and Leigh Ann Huffaker; grandchildren Shawna Lynne Brown, Lawrence Alton Pitt, William Robert Pitt, Taylor Louise Morrell, and Chase Morrell Goolsby; great granddaughter Meraina Doris McGowan; sisters, Irene Morrell Elliot, Virginia Morrell Scott (Butch), Cletie Morrell Rutherford (Arthur); father-in-law and mother-in-law John Morris Howard and Frances Mickler Howard; sisters-in-law, Janice Ann Perez Morrell and Sharon Howard Moore (fiance Gary Olberding); brother-in-law, Keith Morris Howard (Pam); and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, December 19, 2016 at The Sanctuary Assembly of God Church with Ellison Hardee delivering the eulogy and Rev. Lloyd Lykins and Rev. Brenda Thorton speaking. Interment will follow in the Ebro Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Cow Camp Pall Bearers will be Azell Nail, Frank Batey, Jack Gillen, John Howard, Keith Howard, and Paul Mickler.
Donations in his memory can be made to: Haven Hospice, http://www.havenhospice.org/donate-to-haven-hospice.aspx or James Cook Fund, Florida Park Service Alumni Association, P.O. Box 1263, Old Town, Florida 32680.
Peel Funeral Home of Bonifay, Florida in charge of arrangements.