John Kenneth Morris

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        John Kenneth Morris was born on March 21, 1917 in Powhatan, VA to the late Willie and Mabel Morris and departed this life on November 10, 1994.

        John attended public school in Powhatan and graduated from the Powhatan Training School in 1937.

        John was employed at St. Emma Military Academy (Belmead) for more than 30 years. He completed his career as a plumbing instructor at the Beaumont Learning Center and retired in 1979. For more than 50 years, John has also worked throughout Powhatan and surrounding counties as a "community plumber."

        John joined the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in 1931. He was a faithful member and his service included being a member of the Mt. Zion Senior Choir, Superintendent of the Sunday School for more than 25 years, and an active member of the Trustee Board until his illness.

        In 1940 John was joined in wedlock to Miss Alma Gracie Harris. From this union five sons and one daughter were born. One son, Claudius Anthony preceded him in death.

        He is survived by his devoted wife, Alma; daughter, Vivian; sons, Kenneth, Glen, Michael and Victor; three daughters-in-law, Darlene, Joyce and Laurie; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucy P. Taylor and Mabel Bernice Morris; eight sisters-in-law; eight brothers-in-law; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

        John was a shining example of a Christian who served his church, family and community. John had a kind heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed his life and especially his fellowship in the Powhatan community. His warm smile and friendly manner will long be remembered.

Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning
When with the Savior Heaven is begun
Earth's toiling over, O glorious dawning
Beyond the sunset, when day is done.

Beyond the sunset, O glorious morning
No clouds will gather, no tears annoy
In that bright homeland
We will know no sorrow
Beyond the sunset, eternal joy.

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