Joe attended and graduated from Durant Public Schools. He married his loving wife Hellen Inez Brewer on Dec. 14, 1948, in Durant and they spent 51 plus years together until Hellen’s death on Jan. 25, 2000. Joe was a farmer and rancher for most of his life and he worked for Durant Milling Company and the City of Durant for 10 years in the Water Dept. until his retirement. Joe was a member of the Stone Creek Baptist Church and was a devoted son, father, grandfather and friend to many.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Eileen Gilbeau; brothers, Edgar D. and Ewell Conway Morriss; sisters, Mabel Camp and Gladys Pollard.
Those loved ones left behind to cherish his memory are his children, Shirley Ann Paddock and husband Bill of Durant, Okla., Larry Joe Morriss and wife Mary of Howe, Texas, David Ray Morriss and wife Dana of Kenefic, Okla., and Alfreda Cantrell and husband George of Clayton, Okla.; grandchildren, Chris, Jerry, Eric, Tasha, Mandy, Bud, Heather, Devin, Mason, Kevin, Misty, Felicia and Micheal; nine great-grandchildren and other relatives and host of dear and loved friends.
A celebration of Joe’s life will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Highland Cemetery in Durant with Bro. Carrell Hooper officiating. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home on Sunday from 5–7 p.m.
“Dad was a very wonderful Dad who dearly loved his family and friends. Dad always gave a helping hand to others. He loved his church were he served as a Deacon and a song leader. He loved the outdoors in his garden and working his cows. Dad always had a smile. This last year was a hard one for him and his family but love brought us through it. Now he is in Heaven with his loved ones and they are having a big reunion and enjoying the Lord’s beautiful garden.”
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brownsfuneralservice.com.
Brown’s Funeral Service, Durant, is handling the arrangements.