Obituary for William D. Morris
William D. Morris returned peacefully home to the Lord the morning of Wednesday, November 29, 2017, while in the embrace of family and the supportive staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He was 73.
Born May 29, 1944, William was the loving son of his late parents Victor and Thelma Morris, and the protective brother to his sister Myra. He accepted Jesus at an early age and was baptized at New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling, Louisiana.
In 1956, his family moved to Poughkeepsie, New York where he and his family joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church family. His church participations included the Baptist Youth Fellowship (BYF), and the Ebenezer Youth Choir. Outside of the church he was also a Boy Scout, a Sea Cadet and a member of the Screaming Eagles drill team.
William attended Morse School and Poughkeepsie High School. In high school, he was on the football team, and participated in track and field sports.
After high school, he attended Grambling College in Grambling, Louisiana. From there, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served a tour of duty in Vietnam as Military Police (MP) and as a dog handler in the K-9 Corp. Upon returning home, William applied his military skills to working security for I.B.M. Poughkeepsie, New York.
In the way of recreational interests, William was an avid reader with a strong interest in history. He had a particular interest in, and expansive knowledge of, the American Civil War. He was also a talented artisan. He enjoyed carving wood, producing bas relief plaques, small sculptures and crosses.
William was known by most to be a loner. However, what many did not know about him is that he was also a closet Good Samaritan. Wherever he was in his life, whether abroad or here at home, he did what he could to help those who crossed his path in need. His many good turns over the years only came to light through the word of mouth of others. William was a private person, who never sought out accolades for himself, but was always willing to lend a helping hand.
William is survived by his sister Myra M. Seka, his niece Jasmine S. Williams and her husband Dr. Christian E. Williams, his great-nephew Lucas A Williams and his great-niece Phoebe A. Williams.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the many friends who have shared the joy and grace they received through our loved one's life. We sincerely appreciate your prayers, expressions of sympathy and every act of kindness extended to us during our period of bereavement.
Visitation is Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10-11AM at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 15 Smith St. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Services will follow at 11AM with Military Honors. Inurnment will be at a later date in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com