GREENVILLE - Franklin C. Morris, age 96, of Sterling House in Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Oct. 1, 2013, at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center in Greenville.
Franklin was born in Ridgeville, Ind., to the late Charles and Grace (Caylor) Morris.
Franklin is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Ron Stegemoller of Danville, Ind.; grandchildren, Rhonda Minton, Rox Anne and Mark Riegle, Robert Jr. and Sherri Morris, Kevin and Kelly Stegemoller and Brian Stegemoller; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Franklin is also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Pauline (Chittum) Morris on June 1, 2005; son, Robert Eugene Morris; and a sister, Glendora Brinkerhoff.
Franklin served in the U.S. Navy during WWII with the Seabees. Franklin retired from Conrail Railroad in 1980 where he was a telegraph operator. Franklin also worker 18 years on the Greenville Police Department Auxiliary and the Greenville City School for 20 years where he drove school bus and was a custodian. Franklin was a member of the Church of Nazarene in Greenville and the Greenville American Legion.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Nazarene, 7584 State Route 118, Greenville, with Rev. Wayne Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday from noon to 2 p.m.at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com