Franklin R. Morris, Jr. passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020. Frank was born in New Rochelle, NY on Thursday, November 9, 1967 to Franklin Morris, Sr. and Elaine Muller. Frank was their only son and the youngest of four children.
He attended and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Economics. Frank also pledged Alpha Phi Alpha while he was in college. He later went on to earn his graduate degree in Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Frank went on to intern at OCBF under Dr. Tony Evans. He also pastored several church plants. Frank was currently working as a teacher at Alden Road Exceptional Center, where he taught high school students. Frank excelled as a teacher and was well-loved at his school. In his spare time, Frank also worked as an umpire calling baseball which gave him so much joy. He loved being out there and yelling “Safe!” or “Strike!”
Frank married his childhood friend Phalda in 1994. Their union produced many years of joy and so much laughter. Together, they had two children Joshua and Jaelyn Morris. Frank was a father amongst fathers. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for his children. He loved his family above all things and made sure they knew it. One of his favorite things to do was to spend time with them. Whether they were vacationing, spending time outdoors, watching movies, going for walks, or enjoying a long drive, he would tell his family that he always had time for them no matter how tired he was. He would always say, “Even if I’m dead tired, I always save a little energy just for y’all.”
Frank was a God-fearing man who lived his life according to the word of the Lord. He put God first in everything he did. Frank had a servant’s heart and was always ready to help anyone in need. He was a great husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend, among other things. Nothing made him happier than to see people enjoy his cooking. Frank loved to cook for his family and friends. Frank loved music, fishing, hunting, golfing, watching all sports, and playing the drums. Frank fell in love with the drums and taught himself to play by watching YouTube videos. He would often spend hours in the garage practicing his craft. Anyone who had been around Frank knows that he was never far from his drum pad. He would often bang on the kit even as he and his family watched movies together.
Frank is survived by his wife, Phalda Morris; his son, Joshua Morris; his daughter, Jaelyn Morris; his mother, Elaine Muller; his father, Franklin Morris, Sr.; his sisters, Sharon Davidson, Valerie Morris, La Verne Morris, and Wanda Morris; his nephew David Morris; his brothers-in-law, his aunts and uncles, and several cousins.
Frank was a great man. He did so much in his assigned time. His legacy will live on in the ones he left behind. He will be greatly missed.
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