Raymond Edwin Morris, Sr.
June 6, 1923 – February 6, 2019
COLUMBIA - Raymond E. Morris, Sr., 95, passed away after a short illness in Charlotte, N.C. on February 6, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3600 Devine St., Columbia, SC. Military Honors and Burial will follow in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. A recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel followed by a gathering of family and friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Ray was born June 6, 1923 in New Bedford, MA to Seraphim and Lena Mederios Morris. He served his country proudly in the US Army during WWII serving with 34th Division, Red Bull as a rifleman in the Italian campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and three battle stars for his bravery.
After his service, he graduated from New Bedford Textile Institute now University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he was Vice-President of Phi Psi Fraternity. He was a textile engineer with Uniroyal transferring his family from Massachusetts, Rockefeller Center, New York and then the Winnsboro plant in 1964. He and his beloved wife, Eleanor of 63 years raised their family in Columbia. He retired with 43 years of service.
He was devoted to his family and never met a stranger. A past member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and St. Joseph’s Senior Life Center. His life was enriched by his recent membership at the Levine JCC Senior Oasis Center where he gained so many dear friendships. He will be missed by many.
In addition to his parents he is predeceased by his wife, Eleanor Hendricks Morris and brother, George Morris.
He is survived by his children: Janet M. Faust (Delmar), Cayce, SC, Raymond Morris, Jr. (Glenda) Columbia, SC, Joe Morris (Debbie), Columbia, SC, Patti Slaughter (Jim), Charlotte, NC, Mary Beth Wilson, Gilbert, SC, Susan Warner (Tony), Columbia, SC. 12 Grandchildren: Ashley Trotter, Brooke Faust (Caleb) Murray, Brie Trotter (Derek) Bell, Tricia Trotter (Brian) Taper, Lauren Faust (Charles) Haltom, Amanda Mitchum, Chase (Jessica) Mitchum, Taylor Morris, Nick Mitchum, Raymond Wilson, Madison Morris, Blake Warner. 12 great-grandchildren: Kai Harmon, Isabella and Parker Murray, Addie and Barrett Coffer, Juliet Taper, Isaac and Henry Haltom, Coner, Caleb, and Eleanor Goldin and Wyatt Michalek. Many nieces and nephews in New Bedford, Ma.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Home Instead, especially Christine Irby and Tanya Long, and Providence Meadows Retirement Living staff for their amazing dedication and caring.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Church and JCC Oasis Center, 5007 Providence Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226.
Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
Janet M. Faust and husband Delmar
Raymond Morris, Jr. and wife Glenda
Joe Morris and wife Debbie
Patti Slaughter and husband Jim
Mary Beth Wilson
Susan Warner and husband Tony
Brooke Faust and husband Caleb
Brie Trotter and Derek Bell
Tricia Trotter and Brian Taper
Lauren Faust and Charles Haltom
Chase Mitchum and wife Jessica
St. Joseph Catholic Church
3600 Devine Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29205
JCC Oasis Center
5007 Providence Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
- Rosary Tuesday, February 12, 2019
- Gathering of Family and Friends Tuesday, February 12, 2019
- Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, February 13, 2019
- Burial and Military Honors Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Raymond Edwin Morris, Sr.
February 11, 2019
The father of my best friend, Janet Morris Faust. Mr. Morris was a delightful, kind, caring man. I can't count all of the days I spent at Janet's house while growing up. Although Janet had five brothers and sisters, Mr. Morris was always understanding of us kids. I never heard him speak a mean word. Such a positive person with a great wit. He was making us laugh until the day before he passed away. Frank and I send all our love and sympathy to the awesome Morris Family.