EAST PRAIRIE -- Melvin Lawton Morris, 90, died Jan. 8, 2013, at his home.
Born March 7, 1922, in Dorena, son of the late Simon Tinsel and Mayme Frankie Doss Morris, he lived in East Prairie most of his life. He was a retired Sgt. 1st class in the U.S. Army having retired on July 31, 1964, after serving 21 years.
On July 11, 1947, he married Lucille Woodard, who preceded him in death on Oct. 30, 2009.
One son, Melvin L. Morris Jr.; one brother, Doss Morris; and one grandson preceded him in death.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Susan Morris of East Prairie; two daughters and a son-in-law, Frankie Ruth Alexander of Miami and Melva Lee and Gary Wilkerson of Benton; and 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the Dogwood Cemetery with Martin Lucas officiating. Full military rites will be conducted by the Missouri Funeral Honors Program and the U.S. Army.
Shelby Funeral Home of East Prairie is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent at www.shelbyfuneral.com.