SIKESTON - Morris Ellison French, 90, died at 1:16 p.m. March 23, 2002, at the Sikeston Convalescent Center.
Born Sept. 30, 1911, at Crossville, Ill., son of the late Fred and Vera Lena Endicott French, he was raised in Chaffee and moved to Sikeston in 1940. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II with the 841st Air Engineer Squadron as an airplane instrument mechanic. He was awarded six Bronze Stars for air offensive campaigns in Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, Ardenees and the Rhineland, as well as the Good Conduct medal.
He was the manager of Missouri Utilities in Sikeston until his retirement in 1975. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston and the Henry Meldrum American Legion Post 114 in Sikeston, he was a 32nd degree Mason and for over 60 years was a member of the Masonic Lodge 615 at Chaffee. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 702 at West Frankfort, Ill.
On July 27, 1940, in Chaffee, he married Gwendolyn Elizabeth Moore who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Fred S. and Gay French of Sikeston; one daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Floyd Underhill of Sikeston; five grandchildren, Brian Underhill of St. Louis; Angela Savage, Dustin Underhill, Chris French and Beth French, all of Sikeston; three great-grandchildren, Sheridan Savage, Garrett Savage and Landen Savage of Sikeston; one brother-in-law and wife, Watis and Jean Harrell of Chaffee; two sisters-in-law, Mary Slayden of Chaffee and Virginia Lamb of Redland, Calif.; one first cousin, Morris Secrest of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; one nephew, Alan Lucas of Tampa, Fla.; and one niece, Penny Rebhan of Highland, Calif.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Winifred Wilson.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Nunnelee Funeral Chapel.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston with the Rev. Watis Harrell of Chaffee officiating and Rev. Sandy Schaller, assistant pastor of the First United Methodist Church, assisting.
Burial will follow in the Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Pallbearers will be: John Peel, Ray Hindman, Charles Frey, Burl McNair, Roger Record and Gaylon Butler.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Floyd Crowley, Melford Taylor and Jim Wills.
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Memorial Contributions may be sent to:
the First United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 682
Sikeston, MO 63801