Roy Morton was born at his family’s home on March 25, 1938 in Longview, Texas. He grew up as the oldest in his family that included his mother, father, three brothers and two sisters. He met his wife, Ruby Stevenson Morton during elementary school…in the first grade…dipping her hair in inkwells. While still very young, Roy’s family moved to Patterson, Louisiana where he lived until his junior year of high school…coming back to Longview for his senior year to live with an aunt and grandmother…to better his education-especially math!
Growing up, Roy loved to fish and hunt anything that moved along with camping in the swamp on the weekends! He dreamed of becoming a pilot to fly commercial airlines, fighter planes…any type of plane. The most influential people in Roy’s life during this time were his Aunt Nonny and Grandam Morton. He appreciated his Aunt Nonny because she taught him how to truly love everyone and treat them right. The most valuable lesson that his Grandma Morton taught him was to never tell a lie. Roy recalls a time when they were sitting on the back porch, and Grandma Morton said, “You know what you should always do is tell the truth…not because it’s the right thing to do, but because you can’t remember the lies.” These two influential ladies played a large role in the man that Roy would become and is today. During his senior year of high school, he reunited with Ruby Stevenson, and as only Roy could do, fought off many a suitor to become her one and only. Ruby and Roy were married on June 15, 1957 and moved to Houston to begin their lives together.
At 19 years of age, Roy started working in the welding industry with Old Superior Oxygen Service, and he instantly fell in love with the welding industry and that this was were he was going to stay. He became a member of the American Welding Society and has been an active member for the past 56 years; he is honored to have served this organization as chairman of the board and an active board member for more than a decade. During the years in Houston, the Morton family grew to include Becky, Dewberry, Ricky Morton and Chelly Mercer.
The Morton family moved to Conroe in 1976 to launch Conroe Welding Supply. Roy immediately got involved in the community by joining the First Methodist Church where he has been and continues to be an active member for more than 43 years. Roy also became a 32nd Degree Mason during this time. He is a member of the Conroe Noon Lions Club and has been active with the Lions for 36 years, serving as club president and many other roles with this fine organization. Roy was member of the first graduating class of Leadership Montgomery County and he and his business has been a part of the Conroe/Lake Conroe Chamber of Commerce since 1976, and served as Chairman of the Board in 2010. According to Roy, “I have traveled the state extensively and interacted with many chamber organizations, (and) I believe that Conroe has the best organization in the state. Being chairman for this great organization was one of the most rewarding years for me.”
From youth sports to school organizations, from non-profits to community festivals, Roy Morton has shown a generosity few can appreciate. The lives of young people touched by Roy Morton and his family reads like a who’s who of the Conroe area, and the fruits of the labors are borne out with the growth of his family. Roy and Ruby’s children have blessed them with seven grandsons, two great granddaughters and three great grandsons. He has now been married to his high school sweetheart for more than 60 years…and still looks forward to the years to come!
“This town…this community have been an extension of my family that I have loved since the day we moved here in 1976. I believe that in life, you get out of it what you put into it…and I have loved every minute of the life I’ve lived. My sincerest hope is to have left a legacy that surpasses time through my family and my contributions to this community. I am honored to call Conroe my home.”