Ivory Emmitt Morris

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Ivory Emmitt Morris, son of the late George and Annie Morris, was born June 22, 1906 in Powhatan County, VA. He departed this life after a brief illness and entered eternal rest on Friday, December 31, 1999 at the age of 93.

        He was educated in the Powhatan Public Schools. He joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an eary age. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

        Ivory lived and worked for a number of years in New York City. Upon returning to Powhatan, VA he began working for St. Emma's Military School as a carpentry teacher. After he retired, he worked as a carpentry contractor in the neighborhood and surrounding counties. He and several other parents were intrumental in desegregating the Powhatan County Public Schools in the 1960's.

        A kind hearted, loving, generous man, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 70 years, clara; four devoted daughters, Sandra Kemp (Darryl), Maurice Hicks (James), Jewnita Tyler (Maurice), and Alcibia Morris; two granddaughters, Anita Hicks and Christina Kemp; four grandsons, Kim and Michael Hicks, Gregory and Brian Tyler; two great-granddaughters, Taylor and Alexis; three brothers, Carl, Elton, and Earl Morris; three devoted sisters, Anna Bell Royal, Alice Whitaker, Virginia Sadler. Three sons-in-law, Darryl Kemp, Maurice Tyler and James Hicks; two brothers-in-law, Milton Sadler and Albert Royal; one sister-in-law, Helen Morris; two devoted nephews, Roy Morris and Sherman Hampton; two devoted nieces, Shirley Adams and Mary Lockett; a devoted neighbor, Gwendolyn Booker and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

We love you Ivory, may you rest in peace!

God knew that you were so tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered "Come to Me."
The Golden Gate stood open
God knew you needed rest,
His garden must be beautiful
For he only takes the best.
Although we cannot touch you
You're never really gone,
for in the hearts of us who love you
Your memory lives on.

The Family

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