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Funeral service for Joseph Darrell Morris will be Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Followers of Christ Church, 4 miles west of Ringwood on Highway 412 and 4 ¾ miles north, with Jim Wallace and Clayton Wallace officiating. Burial will be in Square Cedar Cemetery. Viewing at the funeral home in Helena will be Monday 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. and Tuesday 10:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. Casket will be open before the service at the church on Wednesday.
Darrell was born December 16, 1935 on a farm in rural Kansas, near Argonia, to Joseph Marion Morris and Ida Mae Oakley Morris and passed from this life July 13, 2012 at his home in Enid. Darrell attended school in Harper County, Kansas in a one room school house. Later, in December 1951 at age 16, he was baptized into the Followers of Christ Church where he attended the rest of his life.
Darrell worked as a carpenter in Wichita, Kansas and later, helped build Union Equity Elevator in Enid. He ran a service station for a short time before being drafted into the U.S. Army where he served three years. On June 5, 1961 Darrell married Marjorie Ann Presley in Mobile, Alabama. In May 1963 he lost Ann and their son in childbirth. In 1964 Darrell married Margret Kay Turner in Moore, Oklahoma and soon adopted her five children. They lived in Moore, Lahoma and the Waukomis area before moving to Enid in 1978. He owned and operated the Trim Shop, Inc. from 1976 until he retired in 2000. In 1981 Darrell married Gay Carolyn Phillips in Enid, where they lived together the rest of his days.
Darrell is survived by Carolyn of the home; one son, Kevin of Diamondhead, Mississippi; four daughters, Paula and Kerry Butcher of Cartwright, Oklahoma, Charlotte and Mike Ricketts of Keller, Texas, Cynthia Christmas of Carney, Oklahoma and Cheryl Lakes of Kingston, Oklahoma; three stepdaughters, Kathy and Vernon Guthrie of Harrah, Oklahoma, Vicky and Roger Flaming of Lahoma, Oklahoma and Connie and Randy Franklin of Yukon, Oklahoma; twenty-two grandchildren; thirty-four and one-half great grandchildren; five brothers, Ellis, Byron, Keith, Kenneth and Gary and one sister, Sheryl.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ann and infant son, Stanley; two brothers, Abraham and Isaiah; one sister, Anna and a grandson, Kevin Jr.
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Charlotte and Mike, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Angela and Perry Martin
Darrell was a wonderful mentor,father. Darrell and I had a unique relationship! He took me in at his business and taught me the ropes. He never doubted my abilities even though I was only 16. He taught me to work hard for the things you wanted in life. And he lead by example. He will be missed by me and my family. There was one thing he used to ask me Always if I had something to say to him...... I now wished I would of said it sooner but I know he is listening in heaven...Darrell I am sorry.
At a young age my dad taught me how to read a map and a tape measure, those things came in very handy in my life. He never once lied to me,he always treated people fair and was a honest, hardworking man who I am proud to call my Dad. He was a very talented carpenter, ask anyone he ever worked for and they will agree.
Darrell was a wonderful man. I enjoyed it when we all got together with family and talked about the good old days. Church on the 4th Sunday of the month and the best thing was the home cooked Sunday meals. I loved it when dad
(Correl), Darrel and his brother showed us what strong family bonds its all about. He will be will missed.
Love you all.
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