D. M. (Buster) Morris

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

D. M. (Buster) Morris of Paragould died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008. Morris was born on March 15, 1913, near Rector.

He was the son of Melvin and Grace Easton Morris. His father preceded him in death while the family was fairly young and his mother was remarried to W.J. Rogers, a man Morris admired greatly. That marriage joined two families together with a wide age range.

Those who preceded him in death were sisters Lucille, Louise, Neva Bell and Rosetta; brothers Logan, Clyde, Hershel and Frank, in addition to his parents, Willie and Grace Morris Rogers. A grandson, Chad Morris, and three daughters-in-law, Mitzi, Wanda Lee and Shelbye, also preceded him in death.

He was married to Bessie Marie Ray on Dec. 3, 1932, and they recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary.

The couple had four sons, Gerald, James, Irvin and Gary; 17 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Survivors include four sons and spouses, Gerald and June, and James and Wanda of Piggott; Irvin and Sue of Paragould, and Gary and Sue of Lafe. Also surviving are three brothers, Herman and Therman Morris and Donald Rogers and families.

Morris was active in the ministry among General Baptist churches in northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri for approximately 70 years and he continued to teach his beloved Sunday school class at Grace United General Baptist Church until his health deteriorated about a year ago.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Grace United General Baptist Church in Paragould with Rev. Gary Morris (son) and Rev. Kevin Morris (grandson) officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Ed Morris, Alan Morris, Roger Morris, Stan Morris, Travis Tompkins and Kyle Morris. Rev. James H. Dortch, Rev. Ronnie Stephens, Rev. Royce Schanda and Rev. Kevin Abbott are honorary pallbearers.

Heath Funeral Home of Paragould was charged with the arrangements. The family suggests that anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial to please consider a donation to the Agape House, P.O. Box 1056, Paragould, AR, 72450.