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Mr. George William Morris

September 29, 1939 ~ February 22, 2021 (age 81)


George William Morris, 81, has left earthly bonds to be with his Lord Monday, February 22, 2021. He was a son of the late William “Bill” Morris and Marjorie Morgan Morris Ewers.

George worked at Roanoke Times and World News for 12 years and retired from Norfolk & Western after 28 years. He was a life time member of Gold Wing Motorcycle Association for 28 years. He graduated from Roanoke Catholic Class of 1957. He attended Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. He brought joy to countless children with his portrayal of Santa Claus over the years.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his step-father, C.R. “Dick” Ewers; brother, “Ham” Morris and special cousin, Emerson Payne.

Surviving him are his loving wife of 63 years, Shelba Morris; children, Terri Massey (George), Patty Ruble (Geary), Becky Hood (Brian) and Joe Morris (Nancy); step-brothers and sisters, Butch Ewers (Janice), Molly Robinson (Tommy), Mike Ewers (Debbie), Patricia “Cookie” Ewers and Sharon Richardson (Larry); grandchildren, Jacqui Hood, Cameron Massey, Ashlee Hubbard and Joel Ruble; 6 great-granddaughters; special cousins, Sue Ellen and Curtis Turner; 12 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating George’s life will be held 2pm, Friday, February 26, 2021 at Lotz Funeral Home, 1001 Franklin Road, Roanoke with Msgr. Patrick Golden officiating. Burial will be private. Online condolences may be made at

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February 26, 2021

2:00 PM
Lotz Funeral Home Roanoke
1001 Franklin Rd SW
Roanoke, VA 24016

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