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Services Elbert "Billy" Morris, 67, of Atlanta, are at noon, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Saint Mark AME?Church. The Rev. Earnest Davis Jr., pastor, and the Rev. Timothy White, eulogist with interment following in Peaceful Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers are members of the Douglass High School Alumni Association. Flower bearers are members of Douglass High School Class of 1968. Mr. Morris died Aug. 15 at Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Born on January 25, 1950 in Thomasville, Georgia, he was the son of the late Avery Morris and Mott Tim. He was a proud 1968 graduate of Douglass High School and a key player in their championship football team. He also played collegiate football at Fort Valley State University. He married Emma Coleman and two daughters were born from that union. He joined the United States Army where he served as a Correctional Specialist and Military Policeman. He received the National Defense Service Medal and badges for shooting both M16 rifle and .45 caliber pistol. He received an Honorable Discharge. Following his discharge from the military, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia. He worked as a Police Officer for the city of Atlanta for several years. He attended Georgia State University and in 1989, he received a degree in nursing. When he completed his studies at Georgia State University, he was one of only a few black male registered nurses. He worked at Emory University Hospital Mental Health Department throughout the life of his career before he retired. Later in his life, he married Freida Hughley and was a stepfather to three children. He was a devout Christian and would often share his own personal testimony of sobriety through God's restoring power and everlasting love. His passion was studying his favorite book, the Bible, as he accepted God's call on his life to minister and teach the Gospel. He taught a weekly bible study at community gatherings throughout his neighborhood. Many souls were saved as a result of his ministry. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He looked forward to track meets and football games with his grandchildren and making trips to Virginia to love on his grandchildren. He was a member of the Hooksetter's Fishing Club in Atlanta, Georgia and Douglass High School Alumni Association in Thomasville, Georgia. He absolutely loved the Atlanta Falcons and was a proud and faithful "Dirty Bird." He leaves to cherish his memories his daughters, Michelle (Dallas) Corey of Stafford, Virginia and Tamarah (Ryan) Jones of Decatur, Georgia; three sisters, Willie Mae Ledbetter, Juanita Frederick of Thomasville, Georgia, Annie Clara Reid Tillman of Jacksonville, Florida; three brothers, Marshall Morris Sr., and Benjamin (Geraldine) Morris Sr. of Thomasville, Georgia, Wilbur (Hollis Mae) Morris of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren, Destiny Tate, Kenya Augurson, Durante Tate, Dante Tate, Makale Cummings, Anthony Augurson; one great-grandchild, Deon Harper; and a host of other relatives and friends. The viewing is from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour with no viewing after the eulogy. The family will receive friends after the services at Saint Mark AME?Church Lower Unit. Relatives and friends are asked to meet at 11:15 a.m. Saturday at 924 Lester St. for the processional. Grooms Funeral Home
Published on August 24, 2017
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