Harry Arthur Morris Jr. of North, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Aug. 25, 2017 at the age of 83.
Born to the late Harry Arthur Morris and Nona Pierson Harris in Williamsburg on Aug. 13, 1934, he graduated from Matthew Whaley High School in 1953 and joined the U.S. Air Force later serving in the Virginia and Kentucky Air National Guard achieving the rank of Major. He was stationed in Japan, South Korea, Alaska and Frankfort, Kentucky, and other bases throughout the world. He proudly served as a tactical and reconnaissance pilot and was called back into active duty during the Pueblo Incident.
He earned a B.S. in 1961 and J.D. in 1966 from UVA. Harry moved to Gloucester in 1968 joining the firm of DeHardit, Martin and Hicks. He opened his own practice shortly thereafter, serving as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Gloucester 1976-1980.
He was a member of Ware Episcopal Church, and served on the boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations. Harry was always welcoming and accepting of everyone in the community and was known for his generosity and willingness to offer pro bono legal services to countless citizens, charitable organizations and whoever else might have his home phone number or address.
Harry will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him and remembered forever as a true Virginia Gentleman. Spending time outdoors, gardening, fishing, hunting, or walking were favorite pastimes.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Ann Kelley.
Harry is survived by four children, Cindy Monkouski (Bob) of Sykesville, Maryland, Jud Morris (Shawn) of Lynchburg, Ned Morris (Ellen) of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Hugh Morris of Hallieford; 12 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a niece, nephew, and three half-siblings, Frieda Durham, Pat Harris and Chris Harris.
His beloved companion, Connie McKee, was by his side at the time of his passing.
The family is especially grateful for the care given by Debra Williams and James Flowers, as well as the nurses of Riverside Hospice, Gloucester.
A visitation was held at Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 29. A funeral service was held at Ware Episcopal Church, Gloucester, 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30, and the Committal at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg, at 2 p.m., the Rev. Grant Ambrose conducting.
Memorial donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity Gloucester-Mathews, Inc., 4910 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes, Va. 23072 or Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad, 94 Cricket Hill Road, Hudgins, Va. 23076.