Ralph Cox Morris Hattiesburg, MS Ralph Cox Morris, 87, went to be with His Lord and Savior on October 10, 2016. He passed away peacefully at Forrest General Hospital surrounded by his loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Lounell Caughman Morris; four daughters, Susan Williams (Neal), Miriam Seale, Carolyn Liddell (Hal) all of Hattiesburg, and Melissa Martens (Will) of Birmingham, Alabama; eleven grandchildren, Trey Williams, Cory Williams, Susan Neal Williams, Caitlin Seale, Elise Seale, Laura Liddell Nolen, Morris Liddell, Thompson Liddell, Brannan Martens, Mimi Martens, and Maci Martens; seven great grandchildren; and brothers Van, Liston, and Joe. He was preceded in death by his parents Van M. Morris and Lillie Agnes Cox Morris, sister Regina Morris Lockhart, and brother Fleet Morris. Ralph was born on August 21, 1929, in Columbia, Mississippi. He loved school and enjoyed a trip with Future Farmers of America to Greece as part of an Agricultural Outreach Program. Upon graduation, he furthered his education at Mississippi College. While hitchhiking his way back to college one weekend, he was offered a ride by several girls, one of whom immediately caught his eye. Upon returning to Mississippi College, Ralph invited Lounell for a Coke, and thus began their courtship. They were married on April 20, 1952, in Silver Creek, Mississippi. Their marriage was an inspiration to many, but none more than to their girls. After marriage, he was called to service in the Korean Conflict and served as a secretary in the Army, with one of his tasks being to prepare documents for the close of the war. After the war, Ralph returned to Columbia where he enjoyed a career in the gasoline business with his four brothers. In 1969, Ralph moved with his family to Hattiesburg to expand the Shell gasoline brand. The business was sold within the family in 1996. Ralph was a faithful, steadfast Christian man. He was an active member and served faithfully at First Baptist Church Columbia, First Baptist Church Hattiesburg, and most recently, Main Street Baptist Church. His church life included serving as Deacon, serving on various committees, singing in the Choir and men's quartet, and leading numerous Sunday School classes with Lounell. He served the Lord with everything he had and thanked the Lord for everything he was given. He was active in the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Clubs. Ralph also was a strong supporter of various organizations including Presbyterian Christian School and the Dubard School. He loved working in his yard, continuing that passion throughout his life. Ralph's greatest joy was time spent with family, in person, in prayer, or through inspirational text messages that he frequently sent to loved ones. He was a loving husband, true spiritual leader and provider, and the best daddy, grandfather, and great grandfather that anybody could have. Services will be held at the Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at two o'clock with visitation beginning at twelve noon. He will be laid to rest at the Highland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Mississippi, alz.org .
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