Ervin Grant “”Pete”” Morton, 85, son of Bert and Minta Jane Stricklin Morton, was born June 2, 1919, at Houston. He died July 12, 2004, at Lester E. Cox Medical Center South in Springfield following a brief illness.Mr. Morton attended school at Brown Hill. Due to the illness and death of his father, he dropped out of school to care for his mother, brothers and sisters.He married Elnona Longwell Feb. 28, 1942. They had one son and were married 62 years.He spent his life in this area where he was a parts clerk at Romines Motor Co. He served in World War II and painted many homes and businesses in this area.He gave his heart and life to Christ many years ago and felt the call to the ministry. He pastored the Raymondville Methodist Church for three years. He was ordained a Free Will Baptist minister March 27, 1960. He was instrumental in organizing the First Free Will Baptist Church in Houston, where he pastored 17 years. He later helped build and organize the Northside Baptist Church, where he was still a member.He retired due to his health and began working in his garden. He felt he needed to do more and started an upholstery shop along with Nona’s Beauty Shop in a building near their home.He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Gracie Uber and Fern Dunham; and one brother, Jay Dee Morton.Surviving are his wife of the home; one son, Kenneth of Houston; a brother, Ray Morton of Houston; a sister, Velma Harrah of Houston; and three grandchildren.Services were July 15 at the Northside Baptist Church with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. “

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