Demetra McMorris(1911 - 2012)



ASHEVILLE - Demetra Iwildar Fortune McMorris, age 101, departed into the care of the Lord, peacefully in her home on Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Mrs. McMorris was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Robert Evans McMorris. She was born on October 21, 1911 to the late Heggar Allen Shorter Fortune and Robert Lee Fortune and was raised in the area of Concord Road in Fletcher, North Carolina. Additionally, Mrs. McMorris was preceded in death by her siblings: Mary Shorter Wilson (Beulow); Albert Fortune (Helen); Drucilla Fortune King (Claude); Marvin Fortune (Bernice); John Fortune (Virginia); Cornelius Fortune (Betty Jean); and William Allen Jr. (Victoria).

She is survived by her beloved daughter and primary caregiver, Callie Johnson and son-in-law, Javan Johnson; Granddaughter, Vaniece Johnson Adams (Larry Adams I); Grandson, Marvin A. Johnson (Deborah Webb Johnson); Great-Granddaughter, Shana Adams; and Great-grandson, Larry Adams II; many beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. McMorris attended Shiloh School. During her lifetime, Demetra and Robert (called Bubba or Mac) lived, worked and always joined a church to serve the Lord. While in Cleveland, Ohio they attended Cleveland Heights Baptist Church (Reverend Downs) and while working in Cedarhurst Far Rockaway, Long Island, New York they attended First Baptist Church (Reverend Owens). In the late 1940s Demetra and Robert built their home "the House" in the Shiloh Community of Asheville, NC and owned and operated McMorris Amoco (American) Service Station one of Asheville's historic Black owned businesses at 71 McDowell Street in Asheville (1951 - 1976). Mrs. McMorris was a member of Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church (1950 - late 70's) and H.B. Ferguson Missionary Baptist Church (late 1970's - present). She served the Lord as an usher, choir member, faithfully attended prayer meetings and bible study, was on varies committees and was one of the oldest Deaconess and member. Mrs. Demetra McMorris loved people and enjoyed caring for them. She worked as a Nurse Aide at Memorial Mission Hospital in the early-mid 50's. She worked for families in their homes (Browns, Shufords, Fields, Owens, Words, Johnson's and retired with the Warrens, all in the Biltmore Forest Community periodically throughout the early 20's through the 80's.

Mrs. Demetra McMorris was fondly known as Grannie, Grannie Meet, Demee, Aunt Demeet. She was also known for her culinary talents: delicious turkey, dressing, rice and gravy and apple pies (too many dishes to name). She was the eldest member of the Friendship Court #9 Heroines of Jericho, Daughters of Zion Chapter #2 Order of Eastern Stars and Allen Family Reunion. Two of Mrs. McMorris's favorite chapters in the Bible were Psalms 23 and 118. She read her Bible and hummed her favorite hymns and spirituals daily.

The quality of Mrs. McMorris's later years of life was greatly enhanced due to the devoted efforts of her caregivers who served with love and devotion for several years. The family wishes to express great appreciation to Dr. Craig A. Mills and staff (Asheville Internal Medicine), Catherine E. Graham P.A., (Mission Hospital Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center), Care Partners Home Health Services Staff, Mission Memorial/St. Joseph's Hospital Campus Staff, Dr. Richard Bock and Staff (Carolina Vascular), Mable Foster, Emma Louise Foster, Visiting Angels (Mary Hardy), Lydia Hallum, and the Solace Care Partners Staff.

The Homegoing Celebration for Mrs. Demetra McMorris will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday at Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 486 Caribou Road with Reverend Anthony McMinn officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Cemetery. Family and friends may view one hour prior to the service.

The family will receive friends at the residence. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to H.B. Ferguson Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund in care of the family, Vascular Disease Foundation, 8206 Leesburg Pike, Suite 301, Vienna, VA 22182, Tax ID# 84-1460111. or John F. Keever Solace Center Care Partners Foundation, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813

Arrangements are under the direction of Hart Funeral Service.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Dec. 14, 2012