Adapted from the News Journal obituary published on 8/1/13

 

William E. “Bill” Morris passed away peacefully on July 25, 2013 at the age of 92.  He will be greatly missed, not only by his family but also by his many friends and associates.

 

Bill was born in Prairie Home, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1943.  He worked first with Standard Oil, then with the DuPont Co. at Chambers Works where he retired in 1982.

 

Always active in civic pursuits, Bill left a mark on the Delaware landscape.  Among other things, he founded the Libertarian Party of Delaware in 1975 and SAFE (now Secure America’s Future Economy, originally Seniors Against Federal Extravagance) in 1996.

 

Bill was known to many as a cheerful and gentle man.  Friends and family recall that he acted far younger than his age.  One of his many interests was his love for tennis, which he played weekly at the DuPont Country Club until he was 90.  There he founded the “Billie Jean King Tournament.”

 

Bill volunteered, along with his wife Lois, at the Latin American Community Center were he taught English for seventeen years.  Up until his late eighties, he also picked up trash on Naamans Road for Adopt a Highway.

 

Bill is predeceased by his parents Sam and Leticia Morris, his sister Lucille Grills, and his first wife Lorene.  He is survived by his wife Lois Moore Morris, his daughters Donna Wiley and husband Gary, Stephanie Harmon and husband Tom, and three grandchildren, Thomas, Jessica, and Grant Harmon.  Also survived by his sister-in-law Kay Massau and husband Jack, and by his brother Harry L. Morris and wife Clarita of Kansas City, MO.

 

A Celebration of Life observance was held at the DuPont Country Club’s Gold Ballroom on Tuesday, August 6th.  Scores of Bill’s friends and associates attended, including SAFE directors Betley, Martin & Whipple.  Many of the attendees recalled breaking bread with Bill over the years, and the event fittingly closed with a lovely lunch.