SSG (Ret.) Wiley Floyd Morris Sr., 93, of Junction City, Kansas passed away on January 13, 2019 at Salina Regional Health Center.
Wiley was born November 1, 1925 in Norfolk, VA. He was the only child of Howard C. Morris and Daisy E. (Hyman) Morris. He attended grade school in Norfolk and graduated from I.C. Norcorn High School in Portsmouth, VA.
Wiley was married at an early age to Etta Louise Green. They had four children. At the age of nineteen he and a friend went to join the Army. While standing in line they were approached by a Marine recruiter and asked if they wanted to join. They said yes and became part of the first 20,000 blacks to join the Marines. They had their basic training at Montford Point, NC. The year was 1944.
Wiley served in the Marines for three years and the Army for twenty-three. He retired from military service in 1970 after twenty-six years and made his home in Junction City. He worked for F. W. Woolworth Distribution Center, 1st Presbyterian Church and Waters True Value Hardware.
Wiley was preceded in death by his parents, Howard C. Morris and Daisy E. (Hyman) Morris; and one daughter, Alvetta Morris.
He is survived by his wife, Eloise Lee Bly-Morris; 3 children, Lorretta Rosber of Owings Mills, MD, Etta Mae Jones of Detroit, MI, and Wiley Floyd Morris, Jr. of Detroit, MI; 7 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 2 step children, Cornelius Bly and Sarah Bly; and 2 step grandchildren.
He was a member of Church of Our Saviour UMC, life time member VFW Post 8773 of Junction City, and the Montford Point Marines Assoc. of Detroit, MI.
Funeral Services will be held, 10am, Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Mass-Hinitt Funeral Chapel, 805 Caroline Ave, Junction City, KS 66441. A reception and visitation will follow until 12:30pm. Graveside service will follow at 1 pm at the Kansas Veterans' Cemetery 5181 Wildcat Creek Road, Manhattan, KS 66503, with full Military honors.
The family requests no flowers and that memorial contributions be made to: Church of Our Saviour UMC, 1735 Thompson Dr. Junction City, KS 66441.
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