Bernard Garfield Morris

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran

        Bernard Garfield Morris departed this life July 1, 1996 at Johnston Willis Hospital. He was born on Dec. 16, 1936 to Alice B. Morris and the late James A. Morris. Having been reared in a christian home Bernard accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

        He graduated from Pocahontas High School and attended Mercy College in Westchester County, NY.

        He served 6 years in the U.S. Army with tours of duty in Germany and Korea.

        In February 1962 he was united in marriage to Phibadean Gadsen and from this union three children were born.

        He retired on disability from Pitney Bowles in Stamford, CT.

        He was a wonderful person who loved his family and friends. His personality was one of affection and compassion. His presence brought cheerfulness, happiness and much joy to all that knew him.

        He is survived by; a daughter, Shelia Morris Ross of Woodbridge, VA; twin sons, Michael and Mitchell Morris of Port Chester, NY; a loving mother, Mrs. Alice Morris of Powhatan, VA; a loving granddaughter, Khia Ross of Woodbridge, VA; a son-in-law, Rick Ross of Okinawa, Japan; seven sisters, Cynthia Epps, Shirley Martin, and Jackie Hicks of Powhatan, VA, Janet and Edna Morris of Washington, DC, Irma Fleming and Maria Cosby of Richmond, VA; three brothers, James Morris of Stamford, CT, Leon Morris and Lloyd Morris of Maryland; thirteen nieces; six nephews; five great nieces; ten great nephews; three aunts, Mildred and Susie Morris and Lucy Taylor; and a host of cousins, and other relatives.

Without a farewell you fell asleep,
With only memories of us to keep
A pleasant smile a heart of gold
No finer person this world could hold

Peacefully sleeping
Resting at last
The world's weary troubles
And trials are past

In silence he suffered
In patience he bore
Till God called him
Home to suffer no more.

The Family

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