Roger Morris


Roger Morris

Roger Hendricks Morris, Sr. was born in Devine on March 21, 1918 and the last of five children born to Thomas Hendricks Morris and Georgia Newsom Morris:  Georgia Louise Morris Rudolph, Thomas Jackson Morris, Elmer F. “Shorty” Morris, and Vivian Abi Morris Stevens.

He is also preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Betty Ruth Nabers Morris.  He is survived by their four children:  Roger Hendricks Morris, Jr. and wife Lupita, Jo Ann Morris Lanier Porter, James M. Morris and wife Wanda, and Betty Jane Morris Albers Grant and husband Richard; seven grandchildren Brett Morris, Jason Morris, Greg Morris, Michael Lanier, Matt Lanier, Pamela Morris Peter, and husband Todd, and Clint Morris; numerous great-grandchildren; and four nephews:  Mickey Fred Morris, Barry Stevens, Rodney Stevens, and Jack Rudolph who is deceased and one niece Jill Rudolph Parks.

He had a strong work ethic and started working at the Devine Creamery at fifty cents a day to buy football shoes.  He delivered newspapers on a horse at age fourteen and shined shoes on Saturdays.

He attended Alamo Business School in 1936 and in the fall of 1937 attended Oklahoma University where he was in the ROTC.  He worked for the Highway Department in Devine, Texas, Alamo Iron Works and Big Tree Welding Company in San Antonio.

He married Betty Ruth Nabers secretly on February 3, 1939 and then announced their marriage on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1939.  He was a bus driver in San Antonio for five years during World War II.  They moved to San Angelo where he worked for a year before moving back to Devine.  He went to work for Petty Geophysical Engineering Company in San Antonio as an oil exploration Party Chief (Doodlebugger).  Later he joined the Texas Highway Department as a Highway Inspector where he retired after 22 years and moved to the farm in Poteet that his sister, Vivian—and a lot of family members—helped them build.

He started his “weekend” farming career in the late 50’s with his brother, Jack when they purchased the old Locke Nursery in Poteet…up until 1990 he was still driving his old tractor.

He joined the Anchor Masonic Lodge in San Antonio and then took his degrees as Scottish Rites in 1972, having attained the 32nd. Master Mason.  He was honored in 2004 by the Poteet Masonic Lodge for 50 years of Masonic service.

He served as Deacon for several Baptist churches and always helped his fellow man and people in need.

Visitation was Tuesday, January 10  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton.  A celebration of his life was Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12 noon at the funeral home.  Interment followed at 2:30 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio.  

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