William L. Morris, Sr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

William L. Morris, Sr.

Born April 25, 1932

William L. Morris, Sr., age 84, of Bear, DE, passed away peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

A native Delawarean, Bill was born in Wilmington on April 25, 1932, and was a son of the late Fred J. and Lillian D. (Phifer) Morris. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. Bill made his career as a dockman in the oil industry, first with Tidewater Oil in Delaware City and later with Motiva Oil, retiring in 2001 after 45 years of dedicated service.

Active in the fire community, he was a life member of Wilmington Manor Volunteer Fire Company where he served as Chief from 1973 until 1975 and also on the Board of Directors. Bill was awarded Chief Emeritus in 1975. He was a longtime member of the Delaware State Fire Chief’s Association and of Jackson Lodge No. 19 AF&AM in Delaware City. Bill was also a former member of the Felton Fire Company in Chester, PA. Above all else, he was a devoted and loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather and great grandfather who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Frederick J. Morris. He is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Deborah J. (Steele) Morris; children, William L. Morris, Jr. of Warwick, MD, Michael D. Morris (Patricia) of Sassafras, MD, Deborah Ellen Quaciari of Bear and Sandra D. Simpson (Robert) of Milford; stepchildren, Dawn M. Dresden (Robert) of Bear and Timothy J. Drain of North East, MD; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandson.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Thursday evening, August 25, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 pm. A funeral service will be held at 12:30 pm on Friday afternoon, August 26, 2016, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Manor Fire Company, P.O. Box 645, New Castle, DE 19720.


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15 Condolences for William L. Morris, Sr.

  • My deepest condolences. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My sincere sympathy to the Morris Family for your loss.
    Bill was a dedicated hard working person.
    Most of all he
    will always be remembered by
    his fellow Firemen for his dedicated service.
    Chief Of Emeritus William L.Morris Rest IN PEACE

  • You were the closest thing to having a second father. Thanks for all the sit downs at your kitchen table. Nothing but good memories when I think of you. Keep your T-stat at 76 and don’t touch it. I’ll miss you.

  • My heart and prayers are with the Morris family at this tender time. Sincerest sympathy, love and strength to all of you.

  • My deepest condolences to the Morris family. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Bill will truly be missed.

  • Thank you so much.

  • Thank you Mike, he was an awesome Man. We will miss him always.

  • Thank you for your kind words, we will all miss him.

  • To my beloved Simpson family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bill was a great man and I am glad I got to meet him. I love you all. Sending my loving thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time.

  • Our hearts and prayers go out to Sandi and Bobby and family as well to the rest. Your dad was a kind man. May the memories you have of him bring joy to you all. We love you. Ken and Rosemarie Tell

  • So sorry for your loss, words cannot describe the pain you are feeling right now. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I know you will all miss him.

  • So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Dear Debbie & Dawn,

    My hearts go out to you during this time. I so remember Bill from my early years here at WU. He always made me smile. I know he will be dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care.


  • Debbie,

    Our condolences to you and the family at this sad, difficult time. Please know that you and Bill will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Bob and Joyce

  • So sorry for your loss