Tyler resident memorializes son through city program

Honoring a young East Texan's death through Beauty and the Box program

East Texan honors son's memory through Tyler's 'Beauty and the Box' program

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - “It gives you a good feeling to see a remembrance of Stephen when you go by every day,” says Galen Morrison.

It was a shock to Morrison and his family when his son, 28-year-old Stephen Morrison, died from a heart attack on June 6th. He says to help further his son’s memory, he sponsored the wrapping of a traffic box with Stephen’s artwork through the Beauty and the Box program.

Belen Casillas helped Morrison take his vision and turn it into the traffic box it is today, she says, “as a coordinator for Keep Tyler Beautiful, just seeing these boxes and what they actually mean to people that live here in Tyler is really important.”

Morrison says he remember Stephen’s passion for film, art, and people; and that at Stephen’s memorial he learned just how loved his son was by the community.

He says, “I just had two or three dozen people come up to me and say ‘hey you know Stephen was my best friend,’ and that’s one of the best things you can ask to hear about your child.”

When Morrison was considering locations for Stephen’s piece, he says he wanted to find someplace close to where Stephen and his friends enjoyed hanging out so they could always see him. He also says he having more of Stephen’s artwork commissioned to hopefully wrap a second traffic box.

Keep Tyler Beautiful created the Beauty and the Box program back in 2015. The box wrapped to remember Stephen Morrison is the city’s sixty-first addition to the program.

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