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Hon. Dr. Joseph Getehmnah Morris, Sr. PhD
Sunrise: November 6, 1929
Sunset: September 10, 2009

The Morris, Fahnbulleh and Tarpeh families regretfully mourn the loss of their father, grandfather and great grandfather Hon. Dr. Joseph Getehmnah Morris Sr, former Liberian Ambassador to the Republics of Sierra Leone and the Gambia 1978 - 1984 and former President of the University of Liberia from August 1984 - October 1987 in his 79th year. He died approximately 2:30 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Dr. Morris, as he was affectionately called by the many who knew him passed away after several years of battle with stroke and a prolonged illness. The late Dr. Joseph Getehmnah Morris, Sr. was born on November 6, 1929, unto the union of NEGAR GONNELLEH and KEAMU GAYNE in KPOMGKPALA Central Province near Gbarnga, Bong county Liberia. His father predeceased him at a very early age and his mother in 1973.
He is survived by his lovely wife of 50 years, Cecelia Adelaide Pearce-Morris, his children, Lucia C. Fahnbulleh (E. B. Fahnbulleh), Dr. Joseph G. Morris Jr., PhD (Nenne Olu-Morris, esq.) Clement K. Morris (Patricia Russell-Morris), Charlene K. Tarpeh (Prof. Wilson K, Tarpeh), Rachel S. Morris, Genelaide G. Morris, Barbara N. Morris, Cecil N. Morris, Alexander Morris Sr. and Arthur Morris, grand children Rancia Cummings-Vohito, Joseph Fahnbulleh, Jambara Qualah, Kau Guannu, Christal Morris, Yah Guannu, Tanneh Tarpeh, Jenkins D. Yonly, Jr., Sansee Morris, Jasmine E. Morris, Alexander Morris, Kelvin Yonly, Ciana Fahnbulleh, Ciatu Fahnbulleh, Ayana Morris, James E. Qualah II, Clemette Morris, Jermaine Qualah, Daniel Tarpeh, Aina Tarpeh, Shannon Tarpeh, Jr., Jarcee F. Hersey, Al Morris, Francis Cummings and Enid Cummings. Great grand Myer Sonkarley, Didier Vohito and Dominique Vohito and his only surviving sister Mrs. Pahn Borsay and one niece Konopka Sumo and a host of other relatives in Liberia, Nigeria and in the United States.

Dr. Joseph G. Morris served his country faithfully and was distinguished for his discipline, authority, strict-forwardness and undemanding personalities. He will be remembered for his unenviable career as a distinguished diplomat and educator. He served as Liberia's Ambassador to Sierra Leone and the Gambia from January 1978 - August 1984 and was the doyen of the diplomatic corps. He served as President of the University Of Liberia from 1984 to 1987. After leaving the University of Liberia, he served as Director of the World Bank Project on Education at the Ministry of Education from 1987 until he left the country for the United States of America, due to the civil uprising in 1990.

Prior to those positions, he served the Liberian government in many other capacities such as: Director for Teacher's Education 1970 - 1974, Assistant Minister for Instruction 1971 - 1974 and Deputy Minister for Instruction 1975 - 1977 respectively - Ministry of Education.

Aside from his role in government, he was a devoted family man and an ardent sports lover, especially soccer (football). He raised, helped and educated many children in Liberia. Dr. Morris was a caring man who not only looked after the livelihood of his immediate family, but was always concerned about the welfare of many others. He was highly respected and regarded by his scores of friends, relatives, as well as many other Liberians for his generosity. He loved watching the news. He loved being with his lovely wife and spending time with his grand kids passionately. He touched the lives of many people with his smile and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. Many will remember Dr. Morris as a great philanthropist.
CHURCH AFFILIATION IN LIBERIA: In Liberia, he was a devout member of the Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church on Camp Johnson where he worshipped and served the church faithfully and diligently as a member of the deacon and Trustee boards for many years until he departed for the USA.

SPORTS: After returning home from his diplomatic assignments in 1984, Dr. Morris took over the leadership of one of the youngest and fastest growing soccer team in Liberia, "The Liberian Black Stars", for his love of the game and the need to help kids whose sole desire was to play soccer and to become professional players one day. He raised the team from its formative years to a first division team. The team under his leadership developed talents like Kelvin Sebwe, Oliver Makor, Josephus Kwiah, Alvin Power Kieh and Dionysius Sebwe, who played or are playing international soccer. During his time as President of the Liberian Black stars, he encouraged players to focus on education and develop skills for a bright and rewarding future.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS

Friday, October 16, 2009
4:00 pm
Removal of Body
- Evans Nordby Funeral Home
6000 Brooklyn Boulevard
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429

WAKE KEEPING
Friday, October 16, 2009
6pm - 10pm
7200 Brooklyn United Methodist Church
Brooklyn Boulevard, MN 55429

FUNERAL SERVICE
Saturday, October 17, 2009
9:30am
7200 Brooklyn United Methodist Church
Brooklyn Boulevard, MN 55429

BURIAL
Saturday, October 17, 2009
3515 69th Ave No
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429


These are the Group Code Hotels available for the funeral

Super 8 (763) 566-9810
Northland Inn (763) 536-8300
Country Inns (763) 561-0900
AmericInn Lodge (888) 205-0958
Crowne Plaza (763) 566-8000
Comfort Inn - (763) 560-7464
Extended Stay America (763) 549-5571

CONTACTS
LUCIA FAHNBULLEH CELL: (317) 652-1092
CLEMENT K. MORRIS CELL: (317) 625-8817
CHARLENE K. MORRIS-TARPEH CELL: (612) 481-6154
RACHEL S. MORRIS HOME: (763) 535-5068
GENELAIDE G. MORRIS CELL: (763) 300-0616
BARBARA N. MORRIS CELL: (763) 228-9548
CECELIA MORRIS HOME: (763) 535-2674

Please email all communications to: morrisfamilymemorial@yahoo.com

 

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