Clarence W. Morris
January 13, 1928 – December 30, 2017
Clarence W. Morris, age 89, of New Castle, DE, formerly of Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, December 30, 2017.
Born in Magnolia, NJ on January 13, 1928, he was the son of the late Clarence H. and Leona (Watson) Morris. He had four siblings all of which preceded him in death: Marie Chase, Margaret “Peggy” Alston, Carolyn Morris and James “Jimmy” Morris. A faithful member for many years of Calvary Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, PA and had a close relationship Father Logan.
Clarence graduated from Murrell Dobbins Career & Technical Education High School in North Philadelphia which began his passion for cars. He enjoyed buying and selling cars and was an excellent resource to family members in this area. At a young age, Clarence joined the Merchant Marines and was recognized as a member of the US Merchant Marines Veterans of World War II. He was a proud lifetime 32 degree Mason of the Hebert E. Millen Masonic Lodge 151, Philadelphia PA where he came to be a part of a brotherhood and bond that he would cherish for the rest of his life. He was employed by the city of Philadelphia as a water inspector, retiring after 34 years of service.
Clarence was also preceded in death by his sons Clarence “Cookie” Morris, Jr. and Stanley Knight. He is leaves to cherish his loving memory a devoted wife of 31 years, Mattie (Glinton) Morris and his children Denette King (William), Ericka Darby, Desiree Howell (Derwin), Angela Davis (husband), and Galen Knight. Affectionately known as “Pop Pop”, Clarence leaves 19 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and an abundance of friends.
Clarence will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor and his infectious laugh. His summer vacation road trips to Asbury Park, NJ and company picnics at Clementon Park were always enjoyed by his children and grandchildren. He always made Christmas holiday special by making sure every child received a gift from him and the adults enjoyed his secret “Eggnog” recipe.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 10:30 am on Friday morning, January 12, 2018 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a Masonic service will begin at 10:30 am, followed by a funeral service. Interment will be in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.