John F. Morris

PILOT POINT, Texas — John Franklin Morris, 91, died Tuesday May 25, 2010, at 2:15 a.m. at his home in Pilot Point, Texas. Morris had been in ill health for two years.

Morris was originally from the Columbiana, Ohio, area and had resided in Pilot Point for the past 19 1/2 years. He was born in Signal, the son of the late John Stookesberry and Eva Rudibaugh Morris.

Morris graduated from David Anderson High School in Lisbon, and associated with his father in the Morrisville Livestock Auction serving four counties. They were known for conducting farm and household auctions.

He served in the European theater during World War II. He was wounded during battle in Germany Nov. 24, 1944, and received the Purple Heart.

Upon his return from the service he operated a dairy farm in the Columbiana area as well as conducting auctions. He was affiliated with the International Harvest Co. in Youngstown, Ohio before accepting a position in the advertising department at the Farm and Dairy in Salem until his retirement in 1980.

In 1990, he and his wife moved to Pilot Point, Texas. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 290 in Columbiana, a life member of the DAV and of the Military order of the Purple Heart in Denton, Texas. He was a former member of the East Fairfield Ruritan Club in Columbiana.

Morris leaves his wife Lizabeth Morris, whom he married Feb. 8, 1947, two sons Dr. Paul G. Morris of Pilot Point, Texas and Dr. David Lee Morris of Fort Collins, Colo., a daughter Doris McMillan of East Palestine, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were held May 29 at the Seederly-Mong and Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana.

Burial will be in the Columbiana Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. Friends may visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to view this obituary, sign the guest register or send private condolences.

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