RURAL CARRIER IN ARKANSAS SUCCUMBS TO COVID-19
Rural Carrier Craft Mourns its First Loss Due to COVID-19: Arkansas RCA Donald Lee Morris
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arkansas Rural Carrier Associate Donald Lee Morris on August 26, 2020 at the age of 57 as a result of COVID-19. As an RCA Designation 79 out of the Piggott, Arkansas post office, Donald worked every day out on the front lines subbing on auxiliary routes and was familiar with every route in his office. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and his dedication to the community through both his interaction as a member of the rural carrier craft and as pastor at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Rector, Arkansas. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the Morris family in this time of loss.
Donald Lee Morris
March 19, 1963 – August 26, 2020
Donald Lee Morris blinked his eyes the morning of August 26th at St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas and immediately awoke in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Brother Don, as many called him, spent 57 years on this earth awaiting this moment, while enjoying God’s blessings of friends, church, and family. Although he loved his family dearly, he was eager to be with God and would smile when he mentioned the “Rapture” and his hope of its coming. We mourn his loss; but take delight in the fact he’ll still see the Rapture, just from a different view.
Don was born to the late Daniel Joseph Morris and Helen Louise Johnson Morris of Ellington, Mo. March the 19, 1963 in St Louis, MO. He spent his early years in Ellington, MO. graduating high school and eventually achieving his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of MO in Rollo. He was, of course, a life-long St. Louis Cardinal fan and Mizzou supporter. Brother Don followed God’s call and was ordained as a minister July 21, 1990. He continued to spread the Gospel through interacting as a rural mail carrier for the USPS the past 13 years while pastoring his beloved Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church the past 11 years.
Don was proceeded in death by his father, Daniel, and his best friend, Wylie Harmon. He is survived by his mother, Helen Morris of Ellington, Mo, mother in law, Alice Harmon, of Rector, AR, and loving wife of 17 years, Robin Annette Harmon Morris, who so lovingly called him “MY handsome man!” who he also loved dearly! Don also leaves daughters Harmony (Paxton) Lee, Toby (Kristen) Cook, and sons Jeff Cook, Luke (Chelsea) Morris, and Seth Morris. Sisters, Kathy (Gary) Hart, Judy (Lou) Vasquez, Mary (Dwain) Beck, Linda (Steve) Low, and a brother, Danny (Michelle) Morris.
Brother Don played many roles to family and friends, but the highlight of his life was being PaPaw to his grandchildren, Izabella Morris, Noah Morris, Amelia Lee, and Lorelai Lee.
A service will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation for the public will begin at 3 pm and services to follow at 4 pm with Dr. Adrian Parker and Bro. William Vangilder officiating. Memorials can be made to the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Youth Fund.
We will miss his quiet voice, his patient smile, and his loving heart, but we take great comfort in the promise we’ll be reunited again, to spend eternity at the side of our Savior Jesus Christ and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
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