Carl R. Morris, 83, of Grantsville, active in the oil and gas industry in the region and publisher of The Calhoun Chronicle, died Sunday evening in a Parkersburg hospital.

Morris had a degree in geology from West Virginia University, was engaged in the real estate business for many years, and had served as Sheriff of Calhoun from 1953-57.

Morris suffered a broken hip Friday evening in Davis, close to his summer home in Canaan Valley, after he and his wife Helen attended a play.

A family friend said Helen was helping Carl down some steps, when he fell, taking her down with him. She suffered a broken forearm and other minor injuries.

They were taken to an Elkins hospital and Carl was transferred to Parkersburg Saturday morning, after which he took a turn for the worse.

His family was at his bedside when he died.

Carl Morris was the son of L. J. Morris, whose wife was Edith Jane Marshall. The elder Morris is remembered as the head of Godfrey L. Cabot's regional oil and gas operations during the 20th century, and was a West Virginia State Senator.

Despite failing health in recent years, Morris maintained an active business, social and political role in the community, coming to his Grantsville office most days.

Funeral arrangements are being completed at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

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