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Nathan Morris, Kingstree

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Nathan Morris, Kingstree - Funeral services for the Rev. Nathan Morris, conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Grate and the Rev. Dr. Allen W. Parrott, were held Monday, July 21, 2014, at St. Phillip AME Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at St. Phillip AME Church Cemetery of Salters.

The Rev. Morris died Monday, July 14, 2014. He was born May 10, 1923, in Salters, the son of the late Benjamin Bennet and Maggie Morris. He always attended church, he converted in 1943 at St. Phillip AME Church of Charleston. His home church was St. John AME in Trio, which he helped build. He ministered for 57 years as an AME preacher, serving Greeleyville Mission AME, Lane Chapel AME, Jerusalem AME in Hemingway, two churches in Bonneau, St. Mark and St. Peter AME, and retired after serving 15 years at Greater St. John AME, St. Phillip AME, and St. Mary AME Churches. He enjoyed singing on the choir, fishing, traveling, community ministry, and working in his Health Food Store. He attended Williamsburg County Public Schools. He later furthered his education in the 1950s by attending Morris College, where he studied theology so he could enter the ministry. He went to a camp run by the US Federal Government to be trained to work. After his training, he was hired to dig ditches around the state, including Williamsburg County. He also had another interesting career cutting cross ties with the railroad. Cutting cross ties involved cutting down trees, and then making cross ties from the cut tries to be placed on the cross way of the railroads. He also worked at the Navel Shipyard in Charleston. Later he worked for Bonnet Insulation Company in Greenville, North Carolina for 30 years, and later for this same company in Columbia, as a foreman insulating roofs. He was the owner/operator of the Transit Authority for Williamsburg Transit Authority for 12 years, and he laid the foundation for the County’s Transit Systems. For 33 years, he operated Morris Health Food Store in Kingstree, where he was famous for serving delicious hot dogs along with remedies for whatever your ailments were. He was married to the late Pauline Morris. Two sons, Earnest and Samuel Gallishaw, preceded him in death. Survivors are: his wife, Jannett H. Morris of the home; two children, Nathan Morris, Jr., (Ingrid) of Atlanta, Georgia; and Rosa Morrison of Greensboro, North Carolina; three stepchildren, Joe Miller (Barbara) of Andrews; Virga Marie Wright (Willie) of Richmond, Virginia; and James Miller of Clinton, Maryland; four brothers, John Bennett (Dorothy), Joe Bennett (Joyce), and Floyd Bennett, all of New York, New York; and David Bennett of Florida; 21 grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 12 step-great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-great-grandchildren.

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