Deaconess Mildred Rebecca (Taylor) Morris

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

        Deaconess Mildred Rebecca (Taylor) Morris departed this life at Chippenham Manor Nursing Home on Tuesday, September 3, 1996 after a period of illness and hospitalization.

        She was born in Powhatan County, VA on January 12, 1901, a daughter of the late William and Etta Bell Taylor. At an early age she accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized into the fellowship of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church where her membership remained.

        Deaconess Mildred Morris always strived for high standards and moral christian values during her life. She was a mother of outstanding characteristics and stood as a beacon of light to her children and to the community.

        She was a dedicated and faithful church member all her life. She was a member of the Greenbrier Sunday School and taught there for many years, she served as a Deaconess at Mt. Zion until her death. She was also a member of the Willing Workers of Mt. Zion and served as a secretary of the organization for a period of time. She was awarded a certificate of merit by the Baptist General Association of Virginia, Department of Religious Education, on October 18, 1957. She was the mother of the church for several years.

        She was also a civic-minded person who was concerned about the community affairs, she was a member of the NAACP, AHPA Lodge #15, the Mohemenco School Senior Civic League, and the Baptist Young Peoples Union (BYPU). She served as secretary for a period of time in the AHPA Lodge #15, the Civic League, and the BYPU.

        Her major occupation was wife and homemaker for most of her life and she was also employed part-time at the St. Emma Military and Industrial Institute at Rock Castle, Virginia for a number of years.

        She married Luther La Prode Morris on February 10, 1926. They were happily married for over 60 years and to this union were born two daughters and three sons, Luther and one daughter, Irene preceded her in death.

        She is survived by four children, Reginald, Thelma, Harold and Freddie Morris; two sisters, Mesdames Susie Morris and Alice Morris; four grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

"Death is a Door"

Death is only an old door
Set in a garden wall
On gentle hinges it gives, at dusk
When the thrushes call.

Along the lintel are green leaves
Beyond the light lies still
Very willing and weary feet
Go over that sill.

There is nothing to trouble a heart
Nothing to hurt at all
Death is only a quiet door
In an old wall.

The Family

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