Mrs. Eddie Mae Bonaparte Morris Sunrise - March 31, 1940 - Sunset - December 30, 2013 - SAVANNAH - A truly phenomenal woman. An expression of love and Christian faith. A lover of children and promoter of education. Born to the late Annie Lou Bonaparte and Edward Smalls, Mrs. Bonaparte-Morris was a native of Savannah, Georgia. Born to lead, she was the elder of nine siblings of whom she was a model of love, courage, strength and perseverance. A lover of knowledge. Mrs. Bonaparte-Morris attended public school in the Savannah-Chatham County School district. She was a 1958 graduate of Alfred Ely Beach High School. Living by the philosophy that knowledge is power, she continued her education earning several degrees and certifications from various colleges and universities including, Savannah State College, Atlanta University, New York University, Hunter College and Georgia Southern University. Mrs. Bonaparte-Morris dedicated her life to Christ as a member of Garvin's Temple Baptist Church (presently Temple of Glory Community Church). She was a devoted member of 2nd African Baptist Church for more than 40 years. She faithfully served and inspired many as she worked in various capacities of the ministry. A chartered member of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Mrs. Bonaparte-Morris was a true humanitarian. Mrs. Bonaparte-Morris believed in education. She dedicated her life to educating young people from all walks of life as an educator in the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools district. She retired as the Director of Title One after serving the district for 33 years. Mrs. Bonaparte-Morris was also preceded in death by her step-father, Arthur Smoak and loving niece, DeAnne LaTrelle Smoak. She leaves to cherish many memories, her husband, Willie Morris, Jr.; Two sons - Nephews Antwone Smoak and Frederick (Cynthia) Jones; Daughter, Cheryl (Jaudon) Bost; Four sisters, Phyllis (Eugene) Artis, Sonia (Gary) Manor, Veronica (Reudal) Daniel, and J. Denitra Smalls; four brothers, Edward Joseph (Shirley) Bonaparte, Sr., David (Elizabeth) Small, Arthur Calvin Smoak, and Ronald Alvin Smoak, a devoted cousin, Diane Bonaparte and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. Savannah Morning News January 1, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannnahnow.com/obituaries.
Published in Savannah Morning News on Jan. 1, 2014