George Burton Morris, 55, former Spur citizen and pioneer in the drug business of the city, passed away at the family home near Childress Thursday morning, Oct. 19, death following about three months of illness. Heart ailment was pronounced the cause of death by physician.
Morris was born on September 1, 1884 in the state of Alabama. He came to Texas with his parents a the age of 9, and was married in 1901 to Miss Jessie Ellis, the marriage taking place in Dublin, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris moved to Spur in 1916, and seven years later they purchased the City Drug Store here operating that place for about a year, having at that time a partner in the business. Again in 1923, Mr. Morris purchased the City Drug, and operated it for two years before disposing of it. The years 1926 and 1927 were spend by Mr. And Mrs. Morris in O'Donnell, Texas and in 1934 they moved to Childress where they have made their home since.
Mr. And Mrs. Morris have ever held esteemed place in this area, have reared a fine family of six sons and four daughters and a host of friends mourn this untimely passing.
Funeral services were held in the First Baptist Church of Spur Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, with Rev. Stokes of Afton officiating. Rev. R.C. Joyner, pastor of the church conducted the songs in the services. Masons were in charge of the rites.
Pallbearers were: C.W. Hinson, J.W. Carlisle, John King, Sr., Eric Ousley, T.C. Ensey, and H.P. Gibson.
Interment was in the Spur Cemetery under the direction of a Childress undertaker.
Survivors are the widow, six sons: H.L., H.E., Lloyd, and J.R.; M.B. and G.B.; four daughters, Mrs. A.L. Hill, Hobbs; Mrs. Bill Middleton, Afton; Mrs. C.P. Witt, Kalgary; and Miss Esta Rhea Morris, Childress. Three brothers, H.F. and J.H. of Houston, and N.M. Morris of Galveston; four sisters, Mrs. Walter Jordan, O'Donnell; Mrs. T.C. Moss, Houston, Mrs. O.U. Walker, Stephenville, and another sister living in Stamford.
©The Texas Spur, October 1939From the records of Lillian Grace Nay, Spur Museum, transcribed by B. Hodges, August 2004
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