Morris Webster Oglesby Sr.
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Morris Webster Oglesby Sr.. 97, passed away April 23, 2020, at Effingham Care Center, Springfield. He arrived in Effingham County in 1928.
Morris was working as a carpenter in Valdosta, building barracks for the Army. On his way home from work, he found his future wife, Maxine Anderson, sitting on the front porch in Lakeland. His passing is the only thing to separate them after 78 years.
Morris served in the South Pacific with the Army/Air Force Engineers, building bridges and air strips in advance of the ground troops and air support. Morris became a "Master Carpenter!" With this title, he was responsible for the construction of the largest hospital the Corp of Engineers has ever built in Fort Campbell, Ky.
He built facilities for the space shuttle at Cape Canaveral; Morris built homes, churches, hospitals, schools and museums; no project too large or too small for this "Master Carpenter."
Morris managed the rebuilding of the Houston Museum (Praise House) for the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce as one of his last projects. Morris was instrumental for establishing Habitat for Humanity in Effingham County and led volunteer groups in building homes for deserving families. Morris was a member and leader in the Rincon United Methodist Church, the Methodist Men, a Sunday School teacher and faithful member working with and through the Methodist Conference enriching the lives of all that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Langwood Oglesby, and his mother, Eva Moore Oglesby, and 11 siblings - brothers, George, Warren, Buck, Woodrow, Ernest and Robert; and five sisters, Catherine and Doris Oglesby, Mavis Johnson, Gladys Exley and Maree Harden.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Anderson Oglesby, and one sister, Martha Oglesby Zeigler; his children, Marcelle Davis and Phillip, Morris Webster Oglesby Jr. and Joyce, Sue Cates and Parker, Ricky Darnell Oglesby and Joy. He is survived by 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be private, with a memorial service to take place after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Remembrances may be given to Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 578, Springfield, Ga. 31329.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel, (912) 754-6421

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Published in Effingham Herald from Apr. 29 to May 5, 2020.
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