Morris grew up in Karnack, Texas and graduated from Karnack ISD. He worked for SWEPCO for 47 years and was a proud member of the 49th Lone Star Armored Division of the Army National Guard.
Morris married Myrtle Tharpe (Merte) Seip on June 3, 1955 in Marshall, Texas. They lived in Marshall for the first few years of their life together and moved to Longview in 1956. They were happily married for 62 years.
He is survived by his wife Merte of Gladewater, Texas; four of his five children. Daughter-in-law Nancy (Fred) Dodd of Marshall, TX, Karen and Larry Williams of Gladewater, TX., Amy and Larry Nolan of Gilchrist, TX, John Dodd of Kilgore, TX, and Morris Jr. and Wanda Dodd of Hallsville, TX. Honorary children: Mohan Jhass, Lisa Mayfield, and Murrey and Claudia Rabenhorst. Grandchildren: Shelton (Kelley) Sykes of Aldeo, TX, Jaclyn (Darren) Wood, Megan Dodd, all of Longview; Courtney (Josh) Dickerson of Whitehouse, TX, Charles Richard, III (Elizabeth) Williams of Gladewater, TX; Travis McMillan of Argyle, TX, Amy (Dusty) King of Little Elm, TX, Zachary (Kalyn) McMillan of Liberty City, TX, Jordan (Nick) Winder of Nacogdoches, TX; Crystal (Danny) Jones of Hallsville, TX, Micah (Jacque) Dodd of Longview, TX, Morris (Bailey) Dodd of Longview, TX, and Christina (Dalton) Brister of Hallsville, TX.
His great-grandchildren: Jackson and Matthew Sykes; Sarah and Rya Wood; Adian Dodd; Blakelyn and Jonathan Carter and (any day) baby Dickerson; CJ, Christian, Chandler, and Mary-Elizabeth Williams; Amy Grace and Claire King; Stetson McMillan; Jaxson and Carter Winder; Kayla and Brian Williams, Blaze, Gabby, and Braxton Mull; Katie, Hailey, and MJ Dodd; Brooklyn and Bryant Dodd; and sister-in-law Emily Seip of Marshall, TX along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Morris is preceeded in death by his parents, Clyde and Sarah Elizabeth Dodd; his mother-in-law Amy Blanchard Stafford Seip; son Frederic Morris Dodd; and sisters Betty Dodd Alvis and Nancy Dodd Fulgham Hughes.
He has left his family and friends not only with priceless memories of joy and laughter, but also the legacy of a life lived with the desire to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.
His love for his wife, family and friends was boundless. The sparkle in his eyes and his ready
smile was always evident. He had a special relationship with his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, and many others who also called him “Ampaw.”
Morris loved his children and was their biggest supporter for what they each did and the organizations they have helped to build. To that end, in lieu of flowers honorariums to Longview Christian School and/or the Texas Shakespeare Festival.
There will be a celebration of life service on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Highridge Church, 2011 West Marshall Ave., Longview, TX.