Dr. Phillip Eugene Morris, 65, resident of 402 Colonial Drive, husband of Mary Ann Smith Morris, died March 20, 2014, at his home.
Born January 9, 1949, in Washington, GA, he was a son of Verma Beasley Morris and the late Aubrey Morris. He was a graduate of Holmes Academy and held a Bachelor of Theology from Holmes Bible College, he also held a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Wesleyan University. He was awarded a Master of Theology from Immanuel Baptist College, in addition, he held a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Theology from the Columbia Theological Seminary. He was a minister with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church for over 40 years, having started his first pastorate at the age of 16. He served many pastorates in the region including his last tenure as senior pastor of New Life Pentecostal Holiness Church here in Greenwood for 20 years. Dr. Morris preached the Gospel of Christ on four continents, North America, Africa, Asia and Europe. It has been his happy privilege to preach in more than 60 countries and to more than 500 churches.
In addition to Dr. Morris’s devotion to preaching, he was committed to teaching others to carry on the ministry of Christ by serving on the faculties of Holmes Bible College in Greenville, Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, GA., The Center for International Christian Ministries in London, England, Eldoret Training Center in Eldoret, Kenya, Cape Bible Training Center, Capetown, South Africa and Freeman Bible College in White River, South Africa.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home and mother of Thomson, GA, are a sister, Judith Benson; a brother, Keith (Kathy) Morris; an aunt, Joyce Thigpen, all of Thomson, GA; three nieces, Virginia (Adam), Alicia and Audra; a nephew, Jeff (Brooke) Benson; a great-niece, Alabama; two great-nephews, Pate and Pearson Blue; two sisters-in-law, Betty (Rev. Ernest) Barr of Travelers Rest and Jane Smith of Roanoke Rapids, NC; a nephew, Thad (Stacie) Barr of Oklahoma; a niece, Angel (Dennis) Capps of Hendersonville, NC; great-nieces and nephews, Will, Jonathan, Peyton, Meredith (Chad), Morgan and Tommy. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Marsha Morris Owens.
Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blyth Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ernest Barr and Chaplain Capt. Jessie Tate, US Navy (Ret), officiating.
Honorary escort will be special friends, Dr. Ron Moore, Rev. Ben Edwards, Rev. Mack Jones, Rev. Tim Ellenberg, James Yeldell and Dr. Jerry Foley, along with all International Pentecostal Holiness Church ministers.
The family is at the home in Belle Meade and will receive friends at the funeral home immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holmes Bible College, 4901Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC 29617; First Baptist Church of Spartanburg, 250 East Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29306 or to a Hospice of one’s choice.
The family would like to express a special thanks to Dr. Heidi Rodillo, Jeanette Gordon, staff of the residence and Hospice, along with Dr. David Riley, Dr. Norman Ouzts and Dr. Michael Fry, for their care and devotion.
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Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Morris family.