August 17, 1881 - October 16, 1956
|Charles M. Morris was born in Union Parish on August 17, 1881. He was the first son of William Everett and Elizabeth Lockhart Morris. When he was a young man his family moved to Shreveport and it was from there that Brother Morris left to attend Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. He received his Batchelor of Science Degree from that institute in 1904. On May 31 of that same year he was married to Myrtle Johns of Nicholasville]le, Kentucky. Children born to this union were Charles Hilton, Grace Margaret (Mrs. A. M. McConnell), Sarah Bell (Mrs. B. E. Code), William Browder, Frances Helen (Mrs. B. E. Moe), and Mary Elizabeth, who preceded him in death
Brother Morris was ordained Deacon in the Louisiana Conference in 1907 and he was ordained an Elder in 1909. He served pastorates in the Louisiana Conference until 1917 when he transferred to the Upper South Carolina Conference, remaining there until 1930. In that year he returned to his native Conference, where he served Mangham, Greensburg, Morgan City and other Charges. He was superannuated in 1946, after which he served as a retired supply minister far Bayou Chene.
Brother Morris was a devoted father. His children have shown the training they received from him and their mother, by taking respectable places in society and active places in the Church.
Brother Morris was at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. McConnell of Clinton, Louisiana, when he became sick, and he went to his heavenly home on October 16, 1956.
A service was held in Clinton with the writer officiating and assisted by The Rev. John B. Shearer, of Jackson, Louisiana. His body was then taken to Shreveport, Louisiana. Services were conducted in the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Alfred Brown, Bossier City, officiating and assised by the Rev. Sam Riggs.
The following poem discloses to me the faith of Brother Morris.
I know not where His islands life
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.
—John G. Whittier.
|Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Church, Pages 174, 1957 by George W. Harkins.|