Ernest "Ernie" Richard Morris

December 8, 1936February 24, 2019

Ernest Richard Morris, age 82, passed away peacefully at his home in Bluemont, Virginia on Feb 24, 2019. The son of the late John Valentine and Virginia Lynn Thompson Morris, he was born on December 8, 1936 and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He began working for Arlington County in 1955 and joined the police department in 1957 retiring in the 1980’s after over 30 years on duty. In 1961 his Army Reserve unit was called up for active duty and he served as a Military Policeman until August 10, 1962. After retirement, he freelanced as a process server and document filer.

“Ernie” was predeceased by his wife Virginia Foley and his brother, John Donald Morris. He is survived by three children, Cindy Perry, Ernie Morris (wife Loretta) and David Morris (wife Tracey), three stepchildren, Rick Day, Stephanie Banton (husband Richard) and Tim Day, five grandchildren, Allison Deavers, Stephanie Smith, David Morris and Maya and Jamie Banton, and one great-grandson, Lane Smith.

His favorite hobby was “hunting” for arrowheads in freshly plowed fields. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. Ernie was a beloved friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Friends and family are invited to join the family in celebration of life at Arlington Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 3 from 4:00-6:00pm. The memorial service is scheduled for Monday, March 4 at 11:00 with an opportunity to visit with the family beginning at 10:00 am. Interment at Columbia Gardens Cemetery will immediately follow the service.

Should friends desire, contributions in his name may be sent to: Heroes Inc, 1200 29th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, #405, Winchester, VA 22601.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 3, 2019

  • Memorial Ceremony

    Monday, March 4, 2019


Ernest "Ernie" Richard Morris

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Janie McKenna

March 4, 2019

The sadness I felt when I heard of Ernie's death was overwhelming. Ernie was the kindest man, always with a smile on his face and so down to earth. It was a joy to be with him and with he and Ginny. I loved seeing the arrowheads he collected and hearing the stories he told. In 1994, I was privileged to help Ernie and Ginny purchase their beautiful home on N. 18th Street. Was I ever surprised when on our first day of appointments Ernie said to me that he would drive and I could sit in the back seat! In 20 years of real estate, I never had anyone else make that offer, nor did I ever expect Ernie to volunteer his service; but then again, that was Ernie. I will miss you, treasure the memories and will see your bright star in the sky forever. Love,
Janie McKenna and Christopher LaLonde

Gregg Kurasz

March 3, 2019

I have known Ernie since he was one of my supervisors on Echo Section in 1973. He was a good man and often could lighten the moment with a funny comment and his little smile. Over the years it has been my pleasure to share time with him. Will miss those opportunities.

Francis Bertrand

February 28, 2019

Dear Morris Family,
It is with sincerest sympathy that I write this note on the passing of your wonderful father, grandpa and friend. He and his wife Ginny were members at my first appointed church, Mount Olivet UMC, in Arlington Virginia. However, I did not meet them until 2 years after I left there to serve my next church in Front Royal, Virginia.
Ernie's son, Ernie Jr, asked me to visit his father in Virginia Hospital Center when he was going through kidney issues. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers since that time. It has been a sincere pleasure to know all the Morris clan.
Together in Faith
Rev. Frank Bertrand

Deb and Wayne Huettl

February 25, 2019

We make a trip from MN to visit Dave and family 1-2 times per year. Big part of each trip is a visit to Ernie, catch him up on things in Minnesota. He and my mom (Tracey's mom) Shirley had become Pen Pals since the passing of their respective spouses. Just friendly back and forth notes and cards via snail mail. We are heading out in May and will feel strange to not sit and visit this time. He was an amazing man and now at peace and pain free, an angel watching over you all. Love you lots.....

Dave Morris

February 25, 2019

Most people who knew my dad knew him as one of Arlington county's finest, and he was. He grew up in Arlington, well over half his life was spent there, Arlington was in his blood.
He was much more than that, believe it or not one of his first jobs was on a tobacco farm in Southern MD. He was also a carpenter, mechanic, farmer, teacher, hunter, fisherman, plumber, landscaper, caregiver, recycler (before recycling was cool)a good friend, devoted husband, caring grandfather, the list goes on.
Most of all he was a great father who provided much more than a roof over our heads and food on the table. He would take us on grand vacations on a policeman's budget, he taught us how to squeeze a dollar out of a dime, how to service our car, raise a cow, build a fence, get eggs from chickens, plant a garden, hunt, fish, camp, cut fire wood, I could go on.
My father was a mountain of a man who lived a fantastic life. I love you dad, Rest in peace,