Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Robert Morris, Andrews - World War II Veteran Robert Jackson Morris, widower of Helen Mobley Morris, died Monday, August 4, 2014 at his residence.
Funeral services were held Thursday, August 7, 2014, at Elim United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Mayer Funeral Home, followed in the church cemetery.
Mr. Morris was born February 17, 1924, the son of Henry Richard “Buddy” Morris and Daisy Fulton Morris. He joined the United States Army when he was 19, trained in Texas and served in Italy with the Tenth Mountain Division. After the war, he returned to Georgetown and worked for International Paper Company. In 1951, he returned to the Andrews area and bought the family farm from his father, beginning his career as a farmer. In 1957, he joined the SC Wildlife and Marine Resources Department (currently known as the Department of Natural Resources). In 1974, the Kingstree Optimist Club named him Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. During his career with the Wildlife Department, he was honored with several awards for his outstanding service. He was named District Conservation Officer of the Year in 1975. In 1982, he was promoted to lieutenant, and in 1983 he was named Conservation Officer of the year for South Carolina. He was selected from a statewide Corps of more than 200 officers. Retiring from the Wildlife Department in 1988 after 31 years of service, he stated, “I’ve enjoyed it and I’m leaving happy. I plan to farm and raise cattle.” He was a member of The American Legion and the VFW. A life long member of Elim United Methodist Church, he served on various committees over the years. Eight siblings Wilbur Morris, Tom Morris, Walter Morris, Lilac M. Parsons, Sadie M. Barrineau, Ruth M. Ward Baker, Wava Lee M. Parker, and Mary Morris, preceded him in death. Survivors are: three daughters, Jackie M. Bailey (Bill) of Andrews; Angela M. Hamer of Georgetown; and Pamela M. Janik of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sons, Bruce Morris (Susan) and Clifford “Kip” Morris (Becky), both of Andrews; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Elim United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 856, Andrews, SC 29510 or Agape Hospice, 100 West Main Street, Unit B, Kingstree, SC 29556.