Wednesday, August 6, 2014
World War II Veteran, Robert Jackson Morris, of Andrews, widower of Helen Mobley Morris, died Aug. 4, 2014 at his home. Mr. Morris was born Feb. 17, 1924, the son of Henry Richard “Buddy” Morris and Daisy Fulton Morris. He joined the United States Army when he was nineteen, trained in Texas and served in Italy with the Tenth Mountain Division. After the war, he returned to Georgetown and worked for International Paper Company.
In 1951, Mr. Morris returned to the Andrews area and bought the family farm from his father, beginning his career as a farmer. In 1957, he joined the SC Wildlife and Marine Resources Department (currently known as the Department of Natural Resources.) In 1974, the Kingstree Optimist Club named him Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. During his career with the Wildlife Department, Mr. Morris was honored with several awards for his outstanding service. He was named District Conservation Officer of the Year in 1975. In 1982, he was promoted to lieutenant, and in 1983 he was named Conservation Officer of the year for South Carolina. He was selected from a statewide Corps of more than 200 officers. Retiring from the Wildlife Department in 1988 after thirty-one years of service, Mr. Morris stated, “I’ve enjoyed it and I’m leaving happy. I plan to farm and raise cattle”.
Mr. Morris was a member of The American Legion and the VFW. A life long member of Elim United Methodist Church, he served on various committees over the years.
Mr. Morris is survived by: three daughters, Jackie M. Bailey (Bill) of Andrews, Angela M. Hamer of Georgetown, and Pamela M. Janik of Raleigh, NC; two sons, Bruce Morris (Susan) and Clifford “Kip” Morris (Becky), both of Andrews; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife of sixty-five years and his parents, Mr. Morris was predeceased by his brothers, Wilbur, Tom and Walter Morris; his sisters, Lilac M. Parsons, Sadie M. Barrineau, Ruth M. Ward Baker, Wava Lee M. Parker, Mary Morris and also by a son-in-law, William (Wila) A. Hamer, Jr.
A protector of wildlife and land, Robert enjoyed his life to the fullest. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held Wed., Aug. 6, 2014 at Mayer Funeral Home in Andrews from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral servicesw ill be held Thurs., Aug. 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Elim United Methodist Church. Burial to follow in the church cemetery.
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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Elim United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 856, Andrews, SC 29510 or Agape Hospice, 100 West Main Street, Unit B, Kingstree, SC 29556.