of Little Rock, AR
March 18, 1953 - October 1, 2021
John William Morrow III died peacefully in his home early in the morning on October 1, 2021. John, known as Johnny to some, was 68 years old. He lived in Little Rock, Arkansas with the love of his life, Tracie. He was committed to his family and loved nothing more than spending time with Tracie, his daughter Jonica, son Ryan and daughter-in-law Rachel, and his three grandchildren. John was born to John William (''Bill'') and Louise Morrow on March 18, 1953 and was raised in Hot Springs. He grew up with siblings Kathy (Phil) Bryan and Richard (Sandy) Morrow by his side. While growing up, he worked in the family furniture business, played football on a state championship winning football team, and made many lifelong friends in the Hot Springs community. He met Tracie Cordell through mutual friends in Hot Springs. On August 8, 1980, John and Tracie exchanged vows. They shared 41 beautiful years of marriage, too many houses to count, two children, and three grandchildren together. John was passionate about his faith, family, friends, and being an Arkansas State Trooper. John spent 35 years as a Trooper with the Arkansas State Police. This became John's life's work, and he was endlessly committed to serving his community and fellow Troopers. After a variety of assignments including Governor's Security, Narcotics, and the Criminal Investigation Division, he eventually became Commander of ASP Special Operations. In this position, he oversaw the SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Teams, along with a variety of other units such as air support and internet crimes against children. He worked tirelessly to upgrade equipment and training so that Troopers could better and more safely serve their community. If you wore a badge, you were John's family. He loved his fellow officers.John loved to spend time with family, typically outside. If he wasn't on the golf course or by the water with family, he was at home. John especially loved being on the beach. Taking the annual family beach vacation with Tracie, his kids, and extended family was something that he looked forward to every year. He also loved to help. All it took was for family or a friend to mention a project or problem and John was there, ready to help for as long as it took, no matter how hard the work or how tangled the problem. He was also endlessly committed to his children. Jonica and Ryan cannot remember him missing a single school or athletic event. He was known to drive back from across the state while on assignment to attend a basketball game, and then turn around and drive back to work through the night. Recently, John's three grandsons, Colton John West (7), William Morrow (2), and Charlie Morrow (11 months), became the focus of his life, along with his beloved Doberman, Angel. His family cherished watching the joy these boys and dog brought to him just by walking into the room.John is preceded in death by his two parents. He leaves behind his spouse, children, grandchildren, siblings, and nieces and nephews Kristin Cordell, Cari Cordell, Stacie Cordell, Brad Bryan, Todd Bryan, Brooke Morrow, Jonathan (Laura) Morrow, and Braden (Hannah) Morrow who can't wait to see him again one day. John was an incredible man of faith and set an example for his family every day with his actions. The family is comforted by knowing John is now in a better place, and that his legacy will live on in the numerous lives he impacted during his time on earth. His family takes countless lessons from watching him live a life of faith and service to his family and his community. The Morrow family would like to say a special thank you to the team at CARTI, especially Dr. Larry Mendelsohn and his team of incredible nurses. In addition, Dr. Maria Zarzour of MD Anderson provided incredible care to John, and Sherry Woods of ASP provided invaluable support in coordinating his care. There are many others too numerous to mention, John and his family received countless acts of kindness during his battle. Please know that the family remembers and appreciates each and every one of them.Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 10:00 AM at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, AR 72211. Services will immediately follow beginning at 11:00 AM. The Arkansas State Police Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers and perform the celebration of his life. Memorials may be made in his honor to the Arkansas State Police Foundation, 5702 Dreher Lane, Suite 3, Little Rock, AR 72209 and Immanuel Baptist Church City Center, 315 North Shackleford Road Little Rock, AR 72211. To sign the online guest book, please visit, www.rollerfuneralhomes.com./chenal
Tracie, Jonica and Ryan. I know your heart has been broken in the most painful way. I am so sorry.Linda Barger
Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Carole and Tonny Yeung.
When I think of John I still can see him walking down the hall with a smile on his face, but you could see him thinking. Rest in peace. Continue prayers for the family.
John was such a nice guy...it was obvious family meant everything to him.Tracie, Jonica, Ryan and grandchildren...I know you will miss him terribly.Thoughts and prayers to all of you.Sheila Jumper
We will be lifting your family up in prayer. Praying that our Lord and Savior will wrap your family in His arms and bring you comfort and peace at this difficult time. We remember John when Aaron and Ryan were in school and played sports and he was was a wonderful person. He touched many people and will be missed.
Although I had not seen him in years I’ve known “Johnny” since grade school. I had the honor of playing with him on the 1970 State Championship Football Team. He was missed and thought about this past weekend at our 50 year HS reunion. I know he will be missed by all that knew him. Rest In Peace, Johnny.
Praying for the Morrow family. John will be missed by many.
Captain Morrow was a great man and such a pleasure to work with. Prayers for the family.
We want to express our deepest condolences to the family. He was a good brother in Christ, a good boss and good friend.
Brother you will be missed and I will always remember you saying I gave you most of your grey hairs lol. We have been through a lot together and I will always remember the loyalty and trust we had Rest In Peace Brother 🙏🏼
I did not know John personally but his good works will be remembers by all. My deepest condolences to the family.
Praying for all of you. John was such a great friend and a wonderful role model for all our kids. Thank you Tracie, Jonica and Ryan for sharing him with us.
Praying God's peace for the family during this difficult time.
So sad to hear about this. It has been a long time since our sons were in class together. I always thought a lot of John.
Tracie, Jonica, Ryan and precious families,I am so sorry for your heart breaking loss! I know what a close relationship you all shared with John and what a part of your hearts are broken. Please know I am praying for you all!Love,Phyllis Dorrough
My deepest condolences to the family of retired ASP Captain John Morrow, a dear friend and coworker. John was one of the most kindest and respectful men I have had the honor of knowing and working with. Rest In Peace, John and may God Bless and comfort you sly in the days ahead🙏🏻
Love you guys. Praying for your family
traci,so sorry to hear about john.he was a good friend to me but an even better father to his family.i know he will be missed but we will all see him again sometime.love and prayers,brad
I am so saddened by the news of Johnny’s passing. Knowing all to well how the next few weeks will play out I will “lift up” each oh you. May The Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace. .
A friend I’ll greatly miss. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.
Not enough men & friends like John.
It was always such a pleasure working for John Morrow at ASP; and also a great blessing for my husband John & I to have remained friends with him throughout the years since. My sincere condolences and prayers go out to his family, and to the countless lives that he touched along his journey. Rest in Heavenly Peace Sir- you will never be forgotten. -Stacey Chambers
A fine man and great friend. Rest In Peace, John.
Condolences and prayers to the family. John was a really nice man and I enjoyed working with him at the Arkansas State Police.
I first met John in Hot Springs in 1973. He was only a Pup then, as was I. I was stationed in Garland County at my first duty station in Highway Patrol. It didn’t take a magician or a mind reader to know John Morrow’s heart, soul and life’s work would be intertwined with public service in Law Enforcement. His intellect, good nature and cool head were great characteristics for the mission-oriented tasks that lay ahead and that would culminate in a career worthy of praise and adulation of his Associates, Peers and the Communities that were fortunate enough to benefit from his expertise, compassion and example. Many a State Police Trooper hailed from Hot Springs over the years and by their service brought honor and pride to their hometown and families. John Morrow brought all he had to work with him every day, left nothing on the table with his family and friends and made a difference; a big difference.
John was a man who cannot be replaced. His passing will affect many.
Truly a great man and friend, we all learned something just by knowing him and we shall never forget
Condolences to John’s family and loved ones.It was my privilege to have worked with John for many years at ASP and the friendship we shared.Ray
He was an honorable Christian man. Always devoted to his family. I had the honor of working for and with him at the ASP for years. One of a kind! Until we meet again. Rest easy, Captain…
John Morrow was a kind man and a true gentleman and will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tracie and the entire Morrow Family. Rest in peace my friend!
I had the pleasure of working with Capt. John Morrow for many many years at Arkansas State Police. John was a wonderful coworker and friend. He will be greatly missed. I was also blessed to work with his sister Kathy Bryan at ACIC. Kathy I think of you often and I’m so sorry to hear about John’s passing.Most of all Tracie, children and grandchildren. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during the days ahead. Much love and prayers.
We loved John so much! Craig and John were lifelong best of friends. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out for Traci and all their family.