Charles “Charlie” Benjamin Morris, 93, passed away at Rosecrest of Inman on January 14, 2022. Charlie was born November 2, 1928, in Fork Shoals, Greenville County, SC, a son of the late James Herman and Rosalie Willis Morris. His family moved from Glendale to the city of Spartanburg early in his life.
Mr. Morris graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1945 and after an 18-month tour of duty in the Army, Clemson A & M College in 1951. Upon completion of the ROTC program at Clemson, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the army and served as a rifle platoon leader in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. He received the General Pershing Award as the Honor Graduate at the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, in 1967. He remained in the U. S. Army Reserves from which he retired in 1978 as a Lt. Colonel. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Spartanburg.
Mr. Morris worked in the textile field at Lyman Printing and Finishing Company and Phillips Fibers Corporation until his retirement in 1990. During retirement, Charlie and his wife, Sara, were the 5 AM volunteers at the Pine St. YMCA for 20+ years.
Survivors are his wife of 67 years, Sara Ellen Seay Morris; a daughter, Cindy Morris Phillips (Al) of Greenville, SC; three sons, Tim Morris (Stephanie) of Savannah, GA, David Morris of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Robert Morris of Spartanburg, SC; three grandchildren, Molly and Meredith Morris and Al Phillips, III, (Marilawren); three great-grandchildren, Harrison and Hannah Grace Phillips, and Salem Morris; two sisters, Faith Morris of Spartanburg, SC, and Rosemary Holdaway, of Richmond, VA. He was predeceased by a brother, Carroll Morris.
A private graveside service for the family will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department, 311 N. Blackstock Rd., Spartanburg, SC, 29301 or to the Spartanburg YMCA, 151 Ribault St., Spartanburg, SC, 29302.
Floyd’s N. Church St. Chapel