Charles Edwin Morris, age 87, of Cadiz, Kentucky, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2021, at his home in Cadiz.
He was born December 7, 1933, in Owensboro, Kentucky, to the late Charles Barr and Elsie Freeman Morris. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary Virginia “Jenny” Morris on May 20, 2021, and his brother, William L. “Moose” Morris in 2015.
Those surviving to honor his memory are his daughters, Suzanne (Tom) Ledford, Paula (Tad) Anderson, both of Cadiz, and Kristina London (Mike McCraw) of Hopkinsville; and five grandchildren, Matt Ledford (Michael Flaherty), Mark (Lanie) Ledford, Alayna Anderson, Liam London, and Logan London. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Sherry McNichols Morris of Cadiz; nephew, Colby (Staci) Morris and their children, Nash and Emery; and an uncle, Frank Freeman of Cadiz, along with many cousins and extended family.
After 36 years of service, he retired in 1987 as a toll test board manager for Bellsouth, now AT&T, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. During his service with Bellsouth, he was granted special security clearance and was instrumental in maintaining the communications hub for the “Birdcage” located on the Ft. Campbell Army Base. After retirement he worked at Fuqua Hinton Funeral Home and most recently Goodwin Funeral Home. He considered the staff of Goodwin Funeral Home as part of his family. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting arrowheads, playing baseball with friends, and traveling. Charles was a member of Cadiz United Methodist Church, a Kentucky Colonel, the Kentucky Pioneers, and a past board member of the Trigg County Historical Society. In his vast circle of friends he was known for his quick wit and a prankster with a great sense of humor.
An avid genealogist all his life and a skilled researcher, he enjoyed talking to people while at work and around town, gathering information and compiling it into stories everyone would enjoy. His research led people looking for information about their families to contact him from Germany, England, France, Canada, and all across the United States. He has worked on family histories for well known authors, song writers, and politicians such as Former President George Bush while serving as Texas Governor. Not only did he write several books on his family history, he also collaborated on several books about Trigg County history. While researching interesting history of Trigg County, he was led to write the book he was most proud of. The book is about the orphan train children that were sent to the Kentucky Children’s Home (KCH) in Louisville. The focus of this book is about the children brought to Trigg County and the surrounding areas, along with the stories of the Trigg County children that were sent across the state to foster homes. He later compiled information for a second book that included the KCH foster children from every county in the state of Kentucky. According to a close friend, Trigg County has lost one of its foremost historians and researchers.
Funeral services will be at Goodwin Funeral Home, Inc., 138 Main Street in Cadiz, at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2021, with visitation to begin at 4 p.m. until the time of service. The Reverends Nickey Knight and Mike Rambo will officiate. A special eulogy will be given by his grandson Matt Ledford. A private graveside service will be held later at Bethel Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to John L. Street Library, 244 Main Street, Cadiz, KY 42211.