Paul Curwood MorrisBy STAFF,
Paul Curwood Morris
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, at Improve Baptist Church for Paul Curwood Morris, 88, of Columbia, who died on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Columbia. Burial followed in Improve Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Darel Daniels and Rev. Johnathan McLemore officiated at the services. Visitation was held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Colonial Funeral Home.
He was born on May 21, 1930, in Marion County, to Shuyler and Eva Morris as the oldest of four boys. He and his brothers, Tony, Sam and Jerry, grew up in the Improve community where their mother kept them busy so they would stay out of trouble. Apparently, it worked. He finished high school at Improve before spending two years at Pearl River Community College. In 1951, he enlisted in the army and spent most of his active duty in Germany during the reconstruction after World War II.
Upon his discharge from the Army, he married Juanita “Jim” Morris on Sept. 18, 1954, and worked for Haliburton Oil Co in Harvey, La., for five years. After this, he went to work for Newsom Brothers Construction in Columbia, where he worked until the company closed. Afterwards, he joined T.L. Wallace, where he worked until his retirement in 1998.
He was a deacon and faithful member of Improve Baptist Church, which he attended since a very young age. He was also a loyal supporter of Columbia Academy and was a faithful attendee at most sporting events until his health prevented him from doing so. He was a firm believer in charity and hard work. There are many in the community who have benefited from his faith in what God can do with a willing soul.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Samuel Morris and Jerry Morris, and a nephew, Michael Morris.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Paula Haddox (Gerald) and Pam Thornton (Tony); a son, Art Morris (Debbie); brother, Tony Morris; six grandchildren, Michael Thornton (Oksana), Garrett Haddox, Russell Thornton (Monica), Brian Haddox, Drew Haddox and Emily Thornton, and seven great-grandchildren, Haley, Hunter, Brinlee, Presley, Audrey, Tehya and Oliver.
Pallbearers were Clay Broom, Joey Burt, Chip Griner, Morris Lowery, Randy Lowery, Kendall Morris, Paul Pace and Kenny Price. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Bass, J.L. Broom, Dale Morris, George Rawls and Doyle Lyn Robbins.
Gifts in memory of Mr. Morris’ life may be made to Improve Baptist Church, 2979 Hwy 44, Columbia, MS 39429, The Children’s Village in Madison, MS at www.childrensvillage.org, or The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Friends and family may share condolences and memories at www.colonialfuneralhomes-ms.com.
Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.