Harry Keith Morris, Sr. was born in Gainesville, Texas, on September 8, 1926, the son of Dorris Albert Morris, Sr. and Olga Aleene (Wetz) Morris. He passed away on December 4, 2011 at Ashley Gardens in Mt. Vernon. He was 85 years of age.
Harry's family moved to Canadian, Texas, when he was very young. There he grew up, attended Canadian public schools and graduated from Canadian High School in 1943.
Harry attended college at West Texas State College, Canyon, Texas, one semester on a scholarship of $50.00 for tuition. He studied and took a physical for the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program and went to Oklahoma A & M at Stillwater, Oklahoma. Then he went into regular Army basic training at Camp Hood, Texas. From there he was sent to Oregon State College where he studied until WWII ended in August 1945. He spent one year in Germany with the US Occupation Forces.
He married Dannie Welch on June 10, 1948 in Canadian, Texas. To this union were born three children, Harry Keith, Jr., Phyllis Elaine and Rebecca Eloise.
Having felt and responded to a call to the gospel ministry, he enrolled in and graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Afterward, he pastored churches in Texas - Lesley Baptist near Lakeview, Notrees Baptist Church and First Baptist Church Bronte.
For four years, Harry served as Area Missionary for the Brady, Coleman and Runnels Baptist Association. Then he served thirteen and a half years as Director of Missions for the Mt. Baker Baptist Association in Washington State, living in Mt. Vernon. He was serving as Interim Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon at the time of his illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Aaron, one sister Patricia McDaniel and one daughter Rebecca Gragg.
Harry is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dannie, of Mt. Vernon; his son Harry Keith Morris, Jr. (wife Mixy) living in East Asia; and a daughter Phyllis Middleton of Renton, WA; six grandchildren: Jared Gragg (wife Hollie), Colton Gragg (wife Betsy) both of Lubbock, Texas; Parker Gragg of Abilene, Texas; Genesis, Michael & Hannah Morris of East Asia; and one great-granddaughter, Emma Claire Gragg of Lubbock.
Also surviving are one sister Marguerite Huyck of Amarillo, Texas; a brother Dorris Albert Morris, Jr. (wife Mary Ella) of San Antonio, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and colleagues.
In lieu of flowers please direct memorial gifts to the Southern Baptist Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, The Gideons International, or Trinity Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon.
Memorial Services will be held at Hawthorne Funeral Home, 1825 E. College Way, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 on Friday, December 9, at 1 p.m. Visitation will be Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Our sincere thanks to the staff and personnel of Mira Vista Convalescent Center, Ashley Gardens and Hospice of the Northwest, and to Dr. Carl Berliner. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA.