Pastor Francis's Story
Pastor Francis E. Morris, 83, of Cumberland, went to be with his Lord and his loving wife, Shirley, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at Western Maryland Health System Frostburg Nursing and Rehab.
He was born Nov. 18, 1934, to the late Peter M. Morris and Edna Mae (Devore) Morris. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Katherine Shirley Morris, and four premie babies, Loretta Kay, Mark Steven, David Lee, and Crystal Angel. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Morris and wife, Marlene, James Morris and wife, Audrey, and three sisters, Anna Taylor, Shirley Plummer, and Delores Stottlemyer and husband, Michael Oliver.
Surviving are five children, Vicki Inglish and husband, Jay of Potomac Park, Wayne Morris and wife, Diane of Oldtown, Janet Wellmon and husband, Doug of Concord, NC, Karen Lancaster and husband, Dave of Ellerslie, and Patty Fink and husband, Mike of Rawlings; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Plummer of LaVale; and brother-in-law, Dick Plummer.
He started his love for the ministry holding street meetings, tent services, and also had services in a small house on Oldtown Road until he and his wife Shirley founded the Chapel Hill Christian Fellowship at 16 Virginia Avenue. It has been an active continued ministry for over 60 years. The congregation of Chapel Hill Christian Fellowship have and always will be an extended part of his family. Even while ministering, he worked for 46 years as a city bus driver for Queen City Bus Lines and Allegany County Transit Authority. He was also a bus driver and contractor for Allegany County Schools for over 40 years. He touched the lives of many.
Francis never met a stranger, and he had a tender heart of gold. He was always taking care of the needs of others. His tender heart would carry spiders out of the house because they were God's creatures.
He was a devoted, faithful, and loving husband, father, pap, son, brother, uncle, and friend.
He set the standards high for all. His humble spirit never judged or showed favoritism. He was an encourager to all, an amazing role model and mentor. He never stopped or gave up. He was a handyman who would do it all while smiling and whistling like a bird. He has left a legacy for all to be proud of.
There was nothing like listening to his music while he played the guitar, banjo, steel guitar, or sang with all his heart.
His favorite Bible verse was Psalms 103: 1-5, "Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's."
II Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race and kept the faith. And as he always said, 'I am God's responsibility.'"
We can rejoice that he is smiling as he has been reunited with his beautiful, loving wife and his Lord and Savior for eternity.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Western Maryland Health System Frostburg Nursing and Rehab Center. And, to all of those who have taken an active and loving part in treating and taking care of our father.
Friends will be received at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, from 3 to 7 p.m.
Services will be conducted at Chapel Hill Christian Fellowship on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at noon with Pastor Doug Wellmon and Pastor Danny Stottlemyer officiating. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior.
Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Jason Inglish, Zachary Inglish, Bryan Inglish, Brandon Inglish, Bryan Morris, and Steven Morris.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com.
Published on December 17, 2017