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Dr. Barry S. Morris

Dr. Barry S. Morris

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Posted: Thursday, August 25, 2016 1:52 pm | Updated: 2:44 pm, Mon Aug 29, 2016.

Dr. Barry S. Morris

Dr. Barry S. Morris, of 566 Lee Grant Ave. in Appomattox, died at home on Sunday following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Morris was born on February 25, 1948 in St. Louis MO. He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Frederick and Winifred Lewis, and by his father, Roy Morris of Little Rock, AR.

After attending public schools in Little Rock, he obtained a BA degree in Social Science from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX in 1970. He then served in the Peace Corp in Malaysia until 1972, working in outlying villages with a tuberculosis prevention program. His Peace Corp experience was a major highlight of his life and he returned five times to visit the country and people he loved. For several years until his death he was President of the national Friends of Malaysia organization. His work with that group included speaking at the Malaysian embassy in Washington, DC.

In 1975 Dr. Morris received his MA in Education from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA and he was employed there as Area Coordinator until 1979. He then served as Assistant Director of Housing Operations for the University of Dayton OH, from 1979 until 1984. In 1984 Dr. Morris became the Director of Residence Services at Clarion University, Clarion, PA and maintained that position until 2003.

In May 1994 he was awarded his PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA and received a Master’s degree in Library Science from Clarion University in 2003.

Locally, Dr. Morris was the Director of Appomattox County Libraries from 2003 to 2011. He then served as Consultant for Nottoway County Public Libraries and was an instructor for that county’s GED Program. For the past several years he has taught American Government classes at Central Virginia Community College in Appomattox.

Dr. Morris is survived by his wife Diane Morris, of Appomattox, two stepchildren Sara Campbell (Brian) of Lynchburg, VA and Joshua Grajek (Brittany) of Meadville, PA and two grandsons. He is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Morris Ferguson of Vinton, AR and Luanne Nicks (Brandon) of Yorktown, VA; two stepbrothers, James Lewis (Gayle) of Jacksonville, Or., and Stephen Lewis (Savannah) of Seldovia. Ak. In addition, he is survived by several nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond.

Dr. Morris was active in the community and had been a member of the Lions. Club, Library Book Club, Lynchburg Classic Car Club, Appomattox County Emergency Planning Committee and Appomattox County Planning Commission. He traveled extensively and enjoyed hiking, camping, kayaking and taking short excursions in his1969 Jaguar.

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to Hospice of Central Virginia, Farmville, VA. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date for friends and family.