J. V. M. Morris

Oconee Enterprise
Friday, August 19, 1927
Page One

Rev. J.V.M. Morris Answers Summons

The Rev. J. V. M. Morris, 97, of Athens, oldest minister of the Methodist church, died in Atlanta early Sunday while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. J.H. Moseman, of 1959 Boulevard drive.

Rev. Morris had retired from active service in the church after being an ordained minister for 74 years. Rev. Morris went to Atlanta the week before. He was staying at the residence of his daughter and was apparently in good health, notwithstanding his advanced age. He arose early Sunday morning and left the house to consult the doctor at the neighborhood drug store concerning a night attack of illness. Finding the store not yet opened he called at the doctor's home, where he waited in a chair. When the doctor came, he found the Rev. Morris dead.

Born in Spalding county on July 15, 1830, Rev. Morris entered the clergy at the age of 23, and never failed to attend the annual session of the Methodist conference during the 72 years he belonged to it. In addition to his church activities he was a member of the Masonic order for 76 years. The Rev. Morris' last charge prior to his retiring from active duty, was the Whitehall Mission, in Athens. Marking the celebration of his ninety-seventh birthday, a two page article was devoted to the preacher in the July issue of The Courier monthly publication of the A. & W.P. railroad, for which his son, W.T. Morris is an engineer.

Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the Wesley Memorial church. The Rev. E.F. Dempsey officiating, and inter (sic) followed in Crest Lawn cemetery.

Rev. Morris is survived by his widow, the former Miss Mattie Dillard, of Oglethorpe county; his daughter, Mrs. Moseman; a son, W.T. Morris, and a brother, E.C. Morris, of Luverne, Ala.

Mr. Morris was known and loved by a large number of friends in this county, having at one time been pastor of the Watkinsville charge for four years, and frequently visited and preached here until a short time before his death.