Luther Laprode Morris

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Deacon Luther Laprode Morris departed this life at Libbie Convalescent Center, Richmond, VA. on Friday December 19, 1986 after a period of illness and hospitalization.

        He was born in Powhatan County, VA., October 14, 1901, a son of the late Willie and Rosilie Mabel Morris.

        At an early age he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized into the fellowship of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where his membership remained.

        He was a quiet, humble, sympathetic Christian gentleman, who loved everyone.

        He had an abiding love for his church. He attended and supported it through the years. In 1939, he was ordained as a deacon of the church. This position he loved and was always at his post of duty. He was a dedicated worker in the church and the community. He was a member of the choir. God blessed him with a beautiful voice and this he used singing God's praises and touching the hearts of many until his health began to fail.

        He was also a civic minded person concerned about the community and community affairs. He was affiliated with the Civic League, County Branch NAACP, the AHPA, Lodge #15 and served on numerous committees of the church and community.

        He retired from St. Emma Military and Industrial Institute, Rock Castle, VA after having worked there for more than fifty years.

        In February 1926, he was married to Mildred Rebecca Taylor. To this union five children were born, two daughters and three sons, one daughter, Eunice Irene Palmore preceded him in death.

        For more than fifty years it was a happy marriage. He was a devoted husband and a loving and caring father and grandfather. He worked hard for the support and comfort of his family.

        He is survived by his devoted wife, one daughter, Miss Thelma A. Morris; three sons, Reginald, Harold and Freddie Morris; one brother, John Morris; three sisters. Mesdames Sadie Batchelor, Lucy Taylor and Mabel Bernice Morris; one son-in-law, Edward Palmore; four sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Like a ship that left its mooring
And sailed bravely out to sea;
Someone dear has sailed away,
In calm serenity.
But there is promise of greater joy
Thou earth could have in store;
For God has planned a richer life
Beyond the unseen shore.

The Family

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