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Raymond Sylvan Morris

SHREVEPORT, LA - Graveside services will be at Greenwood Cemetery on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. for Raymond S. Morris, who passed away on Saturday, 21 November, after a lengthy illness. He was 92 years old. Visitation will be held on Monday at Rose-Neath Funeral home, Marshall Street, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rabbi Jana De Benedetti.

He was born in Akron, Ohio to Dr. Max and Esther Morris and grew up in Cleveland where he received his education, graduating cum laude from Adelbert College in 1938 and from Case-Western Reserve Law School in 1940, receiving his Juris Doctor in 1967. He was a member of Delta Rho. He practiced law briefly before entering the U.S. Army at the outset of World War II, where he served in the Adjutant General's and Finance Departments, first in charge of the Office of Dependency Benefits and later as Paymaster of the Manhattan Project.

Upon his discharge in 1946, he and his wife, the former Shirl Shanhouse, moved to Shreveport, where he was to assist in the conversion of the W. Shanhouse and Sons wartime facilities to peacetime production. He and Mrs. Morris both fell in love with the South and decided to remain in Shreveport permanently, which was a decision never regretted.

In 1960, he purchased the remaining interests in what became Shreveport Garment Manufacturers and its subsidiaries, which, during its years of operation, was one of the largest producers of industrial apparel in the country. In 1979, he sold the business and retired from manufacturing to look after other interests and devote his time to civic affairs.

He was an officer or director of numerous civic, philanthropic, academic, and religious organizations. He served as President of the Shreveport Symphony, the Metropolitan YMCA, the Shreveport Rotary, the Southern Garment Manufacturers Association, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Shreveport Jewish Federation and B'Nai Zion Temple. He served as an officer or director of the Memphis, Tenn. Hospital and Home for the Aged, the Boy Scouts of America, Junior Achievement, The Shreveport Regional Bicentennial Commission and also served Rotary International as Governor of District 6190, and at the International Council on Legislation in 1986.

For his many years of service to Centenary College of Louisiana he was made an honorary alumnus in 1981, and was awarded the Medal of Honor by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1990 in recognition of his service to the community.

He established the Max Morris Prize in Mathematics at Case-Western Reserve University in memory of his father, the Shirl Shanhouse Morris Prize in Sociology at Rockford College in memory of his first wife, and the Goldie R. Morris Music Enrichment Fund in Atlanta, GA in memory of his second wife. He also gave a prize every year to one of the outstanding finalists in the Wideman Piano Competition.

He was a member of the Committee of 100, the Tarshar Society, the English Speaking Union, the LSU Associates, Hofstra University Associates, the Dean's Society of Case-Western Reserve, the Louisiana Board of Regents planning committee and he was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Shirl Shanouse, Morris, his second wife Goldie Rader Morris, and his brother Sanford Martin Morris. He is survived by two children Michael Morris and Wendy Morris, his second family in Atlanta, GA, Howard and Sharon Fagin, Don and Diane Jaslow, a host of grandchildren, and a special first cousin Iris Morris who cared for him during his final years.

The family wishes to thank his "angels", the wonderful caregivers who looked after him so lovingly during his final illness: Shermica Flowers, Gwendolyn Crowder, Cassandra Williams, Roselyn Clark, Barbara Hamilton, Cheryl Fletcher, and the wonderful people at Pierremont Healthcare, Harmony Hospice and Willis Knighton Hospital.

Serving as honorary pallbearers will be members of the Tarshar Society.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the , 745 Olive Street, Shreveport, LA 71104, The Shreveport Symphony, 619 Louisiana Avenue, Shreveport, LA, 71101, or the charity of the donor's choice. Rose-Neath Funeral Home Marshall St. Chapel (318) 222-0348

Published in Shreveport Times from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2009
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