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Howard Chapman Morris
Howard Chapman Morris, 86 of Rich Creek, VA passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. Mr. Morris was born on October 17, 1925 in Lancaster, PA and was a son of the late Jesse Levi Morris and Lucy Strother Morris. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, C. Jefferson Stafford. He was a WWII Army Veteran, the first Giles County Voter Registrar, an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Pearisburg, and a member of the American Legion Post #68 in Narrows, the American Legion Post #311in Pembroke and the VFW Post #6000 in Narrows. He was active in the Giles County community serving as a member and past chairman of both the Giles County Board of Supervisors and the Giles County Republican Party. He was an active member, volunteer, and past president of the Giles County Chamber of Commerce and named the Giles County Citizen of the Year in 2006. He served on the Agency On Aging Board, the New River Valley Airport Commission, and the Fairview Home in Dublin Board, where the dining room was dedicated in his honor. Howard Morris was known for his love of Giles County, his storytelling and his deep historical knowledge of the New River Valley. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Bradley Morris of Rich Creek, four daughters, Linda Candelieri and husband Bob, Barbara Stafford, Rhonda Reynolds and husband Billy, Heather Frazier and husband Bruce, eight grandchildren, Chris Mann, Bobby Candelieri, Lance Reynolds, Elizabeth Stafford, Lindsay Reynolds, Mary Stafford, Bradley Frazier, Aiden Frazier, step grandchildren, Steffan, Kathryn and Gunar Frazier, one great granddaughter, Lucy Eileen Reynolds. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary P. Hood of Richmond, Nancy Peters of Pearisburg, three brothers, Rodney Morris of Pearisburg, J.L. Morris and wife Ann of Pearisburg, and Robert Morris of Jacksonville, FL, one sister-in-law, Sue Dudding and her husband Joe of Narrows and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday, April 14 at Christ Episcopal Church in Pearisburg at 11:00am with the Rev. Phyllis Spiegel and Dr. Fred L. Austin officiating with burial in the Birchlawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the Givens Funeral Home Friday evening from 6 8 pm. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and Carilion Hospice New River Valley. Military Honors will be given by American Legion Post #68 in Narrows American Legion Post #311in Pembroke and VFW Post #6000 in Narrows.
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