Cleatus Ora Morris, 93, affectionately known to many as “Sid”, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at the VA Community Living Center in Marion. He was born on Sep. 30, 1921 in McLeansboro to John Albert and Grace Beulah (York) Morris. One of eight siblings, Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents and four of his siblings; Bernard Morris, Jess Morris, Ruth (Morris) Jamieson and Val Morris. He leaves behind his wife of 67 years, Norma Morris, of McLeansboro, sons Brad and Barry and a daughter, Kay Campbell. He is also survived by one brother, Todd Morris and wife Beulah of St. Francisville, a sister, Ruby Mayo of Minn. One sister Betty Jo Davis of Fort Mohave, Ariz. and sisters-n-law Thelma Morris and Janet Morris both of McLeansboro. As well, many nieces and nephews, five grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Mr. Morris was a long time resident of Hamilton County and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church in McLeansboro. He was a patriot and proud World War II Veteran, volunteering for service at the early age of nineteen. He served as a military policeman in the European theatre, spending time in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and the Isle of Capri from 1943-1945. After being discharged from the service, he spent over 40 years working in the oil fields of Southern Illinois. Upon retirement, he spent many enjoyable years wood crafting, gardening, doing yard work, fishing and performing handyman tasks for many friends and neighbors. Mr. Morris will be cremated with a graveside memorial service to be schedule sometime in the spring of 2015. He will be sorely missed by many. Campbell Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of all of the arrangements.
Published on  January 12, 2015