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Joe Henderson Morris


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Joe Henderson Morris Obituary
FAYETTEVILLE - Joe Henderson Morris, 90, passed away June 8th, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn C. Morris, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, his daughter Cindy Watson and husband, Bill Watson, of Greenville, North Carolina, and his daughter Jacquie Phillips and fiance, Dan Owen, of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Grandchildren Caroline Watson Brady of Raleigh, North Carolina, and William H. Watson III of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Natalie Willing of Atlanta, Georgia, and 3 great granddaughters and 1 great grandson. He was predeceased by his parents Price and Allie Morris and a brother, Jerry M. Morris. He graduated from Laurinburg High School in 1945. He received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from Wake Forest, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950. He served in the Korean War from 1953-54. He remained in the Air Force Reserve until retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel, with the majority of his duty at Pope Air Force Base as a legal officer. On August 28th, 1954, he married Marilyn Celeste Webb of Staten Island, New York. Joe and Marilyn moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he was a claims representative for State Farm Insurance. He started his law practice in 1963 and was a sole practitioner in Fayetteville for over 50 years. Joe was a very active and faithful member of Hay Street United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher, served on various committees, and was a member of the Golden Rule Sunday School class. Joe served the City Rescue Mission of Fayetteville as attorney and a member of the Board of Directors. He led their incorporation as a Non-Profit Organization. He was active in the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. He was a dedicated servant of the Knights of Pythias Fraternal Order. He was Chancellor Commander of Cumberland Lodge No. 5; Grand Chancellor (State President) of North Carolina and appointed to the Supreme Tribune Court where he served for many years and was awarded the highest rank of Knighthood. Marilyn was the love of his life. They enjoyed many trips to the beach, where he delighted in surf-fishing (and preparing, eating, and sharing his catch)! He loved to cook and took pride in doing his own yardwork. He was very proud of Marilyn's musical talents and accomplishments in the community. He was a devoted husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, and faithful servant of Christ. His stories, jokes, and made-up songs hold many fond memories for his family and friends. Memorial services Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at Hay St. United Methodist Church with Rev. David Blackman, officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday. A private burial will follow in Caledonia Methodist Church in Laurinburg with military honors. In lieu of flowers memorials to Hay St. United Methodist Church 320 Hay St. Fayetteville, NC 28301 or American Red Cross 807 Carol St. Fayetteville, NC 28303. Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home.
Published in Fayetteville Observer on June 11, 2018
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