Gilbert Wayne Morris
Ponca City resident, Gil Morris, 68, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.
The family will be at Grace Memorial Chapel on Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm to receive friends. Funeral services will be 10:00am Thursday, August 16, 2018 at the First Baptist Church with his nephew Pastor Russell Hughes and Pastor Michael Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairfax City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church 218 S. 6th, Ponca City, OK 74601 or Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview Ave., Ponca City, OK 74601. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel.
Gil was born August 17, 1949 in Pawnee, Oklahoma to Gilbert Forrest Morris Jr. and Georgie Merlene (Johnson) Morris. He graduated from Ralston High School in 1967 where he was an All-State Basketball player. On September 23, 1967 he married Sandra Jean (Trisdale) in Fairfax, OK. Soon after, he joined the United States Air Force. After his 4-year stint in the military, he attended Northern Oklahoma Jr. College where he played basketball for 2 years. As a young man with a young family, he worked various jobs before ultimately becoming a funeral director. He serviced the Ponca City area at Grace Memorial Chapel for over 30 years before retiring in 2015. After retiring, he and Sandy enjoyed their many adventures with Carl and Sherry traveling to Branson and going out on their pontoon. He also kept himself busy by traveling from gym to gym watching his grandchildren play basketball, and playing golf with his buddies.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Morris, of the home, 2 sons; Loy Morris and wife Casey of Shawnee, Scott Morris and wife Summer of Enid, grandchildren; Chase Morris, Tanner Morris, Bryce Morris, Brennan Morris, and Avery Morris, his mother; Merlene Morris of Stillwater, 2 sisters; Patricia Chaffin and husband Bill of Raytown, MO, and Pam Felix and husband Red of Pawnee, brother and sister in law Carl and Sherry Hughes of Fairfax, and numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
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A dear friend, loving family man, a Christian man. A man of integrity. Raised in the Big Bend of Osage County, OK, his parents and my parents and all of we children were best friends. Gilbert Wayne is already missed! God's comfort to you, Merlene, Patricia and Pam.
Linda ForbesEdmond, OK
So sorry for your loss. May God bless you, comfort you and give you peace.
Deanne HudsonPea Ridge, AR
So sorry for your loss. I worked with Gil many years ago at Grace Memorial. His parents had bought my great grandparents house in the big bend area.
Walter WhitePonca City, OK
Gil was the greatest boss a man could ever have. As I was learning the funeral trade and wound make a mistake, he would never ever scold or get angry with me, but, would calmly show me the correct way of doing things. He was a wonderful person and friend and I will never forget him. Love ya big guy!
James HallPonca city, OK
You were such an amazing man. We'll miss you!
Mel DavisShidler, OK
I knew Gil by working with him a few years ago. He was a great person to have known and worked with. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Buddy MayesMorristown, TN
So very sorry for your loss. Praying you and your family find comfort and peace. Sincerely, Tracy (Moore) Bailey
Tracy BaileyPonca City, OK
Judy and I were very sorry to hear of Gil's passing. I was fortunate to have know Gil over two periods of time. When we worked together during our time with the Loewen Group and the second during the time of Paxus Services. During those times Gil and I had a long standing greeting. When we met he would mention that I had gained weight and I would respond that he had lost more hair. We both would get a good laugh out of the greeting. Gil will be missed both as a very good man and a good and caring funeral director.
duane and judy schaeferCenter Point, TX
I was shocked to read of Gil's death. I had the pleasure of working at Grace Memorial Chapel a few times with him. (No one worked "for" Gil, because he worked right along side of you.) He was a great man and a wonderful funeral director! He will be missed by so many. May God wrap His arms of comfort around you all.
Jolene GaierMound City, KS
It was with great sadness to learn of Gilbert's passing. I think back to the early days in Tonkawa that we became friends and the great times our families had together. Our prayers are with you Sandy along with Loy and Scott and their families.
Ted ImpsonPonca City, OK
I am so sorry to hear of Gil's passing. He was a very kind, Christian man. My prayers will be with you all.
Robin HaynesTulsa, OK
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. I got really close to gil when working here in fairfax. Great guy who had a contagious smile. He will be greatly missed. RIP GIL.
tracy yandellfairfax, OK
I was so sorry to read about Gil's passing. I first knew him when I lived in Shidler and played the piano for church, therefore played for many funerals of which Gil was in charge. He was also there when several of my family members passed and such a sincere wonderful guy. I always enjoyed seeing him. I hate to know he will not be where I always expected to see him at many funerals at Grace.
Avonelle WhiteStillwater, OK
May God give you His peace and you find comfort in His presence. I love the Morris family and have fond memories of traipsing though their house as a kid. Gil was a fine young man then and grew into an even better one. He helped lay many of my family members to rest and he was so good to us through the process. I'm sorry I can't be at his service to say a final fair well and hug Merlene and the girls. God bless all of you! Love and prayers, Vickie (Renfro) and Jody Denny
Vickie Renfro DennyBlackburn, OK
Sorry for your loss. Gilbert Wayne was a fine man who loved his family.
Ann NobleTulsa, OK
I got to know Gil many years ago during when I started working in the funeral industry. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed visiting with him. So sorry to hear about his passing but I know that He is now with the Lord. Prayers for his entire family.
Kim TankersleyBristow, OK
Sandy, so sorry for your loss. My life is richer from knowing and loving you all.
Lisa WelchFort Worth, TX
Sandy and family....Deepest condolences in your loss. Gil was a fine man, and I know he will be missed by many.
Judy LangdonTulsa, OK
Sandy and family my heart hurts for you all. Gil is the reason I am where I am in my career in the funeral industry today. He was my first boss at just the age of 17 years old. He never once gave up on me. I will always cherish every memory and every word of advice I obtained from him. May he rest in peace and may God help give you all comfort during this difficult time.
Gabrielle (Gabie) GrayEdmond, OK
I know you are forever praising our Lord Jesus in Heaven. . We will miss you but look forward to the day we will see you again with our Lord Jesus.
Robyn HallTonkawa, OK
Stan ClemonsSanta Fe, TX
May you rest in peace
Mike and Jan BrownSALLISAW, OK