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Adams Funeral Home of Nixa
Saturday November 5th, 2022
1:00pm

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Ernest Benton Morris, Jr.

Ernest Benton Morris Jr., age 76 of Nixa, Missouri entered into rest on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

 

Ernest was born on August 16, 1946, in Charleston, West Virginia to the late Ernest Benton Morris Sr., and Janet Hanshaw. 

 

In April of 1966, Ernest enlisted in the United States Army. He served during the Vietnam War with 1st Cav Air Mobile, 1st of the 5th, Charlie Company. He was stationed in Georgia at both Ft. Benning and Ft. Gordon. He did 2 tours in Korea as well as 1 in Germany. During his 24 years of service, Ernie received numerous decorations, medals, ribbons and other awards to include a Bronze Star, 2 Meritorious service medals, an Air Medal,6  Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement medal, 4 Overseas Service Bars, 2 National Defense Service Medals, 2 Vietnam Service medals, Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon with Numeral 3, Army Service Ribbon, 3 Overseas Service Ribbons, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm/Republic of VietNam Campaign Medal, Expert Marksmanship Qualifications Badge with Rifle Bar, Expert Marksmanship Qualification Badge with Pistol Bar, Combat Infantryman Badge, and U.S. Army Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphire Achievement Stars. He retired from the Army in 1996. 

Ernest was a member of Masonic Lodge 127 in Clearwater, Florida. 

 

Ernest was preceded by his parents and many of his Vietnam brothers, including Ray Rhodes from Alabama.  He is survived by his wife Melissa Morris, children Lee Morris (Dana), Gary Morris, Genesis Morris, grandchildren Austin, Josh, Alexa, Logan, Lawson, Landyn, Izaiah, sister Ruth Ann Derr (Herb) and a host of extended family and friends. 

Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 5, 2022, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m. until service time.

Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.


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A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Morris, Jr.

A. Moore Nov 7 2022 10:06 AM

I served with EM in Vietnam (1966-1967). I have high praise for all his achievements during his 24 years of service to our Country! He was one of the good guys and I am humbled to be called his friend! God Bless you Ernie!- Richard “Max” Maxin

Richard “Max” Maxin Nov 4 2022 8:58 PM

I served with Ernie in VN. A great soldier and a great friend.

Joe Oleszkiewicz Pvt 'O' Nov 4 2022 2:37 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Morris, Jr.

Sue Cotton, I’m so sorry that you’re going thru this, I’m praying for you and the family to have strength. I love you Missy wish I could be there to help comfort you and Jacoby Nov 4 2022 8:42 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Morris, Jr.

Sharon Russell Nov 4 2022 7:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Morris, Jr.

Darla Holt Nov 3 2022 11:45 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Morris, Jr.

Cheryl Sanders and family Nov 3 2022 10:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ernest Morris, Jr.

Jennifer Humphreys and Family Nov 3 2022 10:11 PM

Thank you for being a good friend. You will always be in my heart

Maria Berkowitz Nov 1 2022 6:10 PM