George Morris Jr., 88, of West Frankfort passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Green Tree Assisted Living in Mount Vernon.
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He was born Nov. 15, 1924, in West Frankfort to George and Laura Morris Sr. He married Lola F. (Melvin) Morris in 1946 in Pickett, Ark., and she preceded him in death Aug. 10, 2007.
Survivors include a daughter, Melanie and (Gerald) Walker of West Frankfort; a son, Rex (Linda) Morris of New Harmony, Ind.; two grandchildren, Chad Robison and Jamiel Morris both of Morganfield, Ky.; and four great-grandchildren, Jordan and Hunter Robison and Kane and Nia Morris.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lola; three sisters, Thelma, Ruth and Maxine; four brothers, Vernon, Albert, Doyle and Harold Morris; and by two infant siblings.
George served his country in the United States Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Theater and is a member of the West Frankfort VFW.
He began work in the coal mines in 1947 with the Franklin County Coal Company in Royalton. He then worked for the Freeman Coal Company and, in 1971, transferred to Peabody Coal Company where he worked as safety manager at the Eagle Mine located in Shawneetown. In 1977 George worked at Morris and Sons Coal Company where he was the personnel and safety director. George's last employment was with Kenellis Energies Inc. in Galatia where he worked out of the corporate office handling all labor matters for the company.
George had vast experience in all facets of the coal mining industry. He served as president of the local district of the UMWA. He later taught mine safety classes at Southeastern Illinois College.
He served his community as a former member of the Denning Township Board and coached Little League baseball when he was younger.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Parker - Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort with Mike Adkins officiating.
Burial will be in East Fork Cemetery in West Frankfort with military rites by the Orient and Zeigler American Legions, West Frankfort VFW and by the Marion Funeral Honors Team.
Visitation will be after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For more information or to sign the guest register visit www.parkerreedyfuneralhome.com.
Parker-Reedy Funeral Home
604 East Main Street
West Frankfort, IL 62896
Published in Daily American News from June 17 to June 18, 2013