TULSA, Okla. — Oh, Kenneth Hearrell has stories to tell.
About how he rode a horse five miles to his two-room schoolhouse from first through fourth grades.
About how he used a homemade row boat to drive cattle to dry land after a big rain swamped the Texas side of the Red River.
About how his Morse code skills got him sent to Germany, while the rest of his U.S. Army artillery platoon was dispatched to Korea during the war.
“So the code saved my life,” the retired air traffic controller said.
But ask the 87-year-old Hearrell about his role as the “disaster deacon” for the Crosstown Church of Christ — a 300-member congregation that served for nearly a month as an emergency shelter for victims of