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Remembering the Life of Georgia Morris

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Ten days shy of her 89th birthday, the life of Georgia Floyd Morris, was remembered on December 17th at St. Paul AME Church. Morris was born December 21, 1922 in Waverly Hall, GA and was raised by “Uncle Buddy” and “Aunt Pauline” Marshall in Williamson, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband Rudolph Morris and only son, Donald Floyd Johnson, as well as both her parents and two siblings.

Morris’ highly successful career in education began in 1940 after she graduated from Liberty High School in Williamson, as class Valedictorian. She continued her education on a full scholarship at West Virginia State College where she earned a degree in 1944 in Home Economics and Science.

She received her Master’s Degree in Administration from Atlanta University. It was at West Virginia State College in 1941 that she became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. , Nu Chapter. At the graduate level, her sorority participation included Beta Lambda Omega, Bluefield, West VA; Gamma Tau Omega, Columbus, GA; Beta Kappa Omega, Wichita, KS; and Eta Nu Omega, San Bernardino- Riverside, CA.

Her teaching career began in 1944 and in 1956 she became the Assistant Superintendent of Harris County Schools in Hamilton, GA. In 1967, she began her career in education in the Rialto Unified School District. She was a teacher, counselor, director of Pupil Personnel Services and Human Relations and retired in 1981. In 1987, an elementary school was named in her honor and opened March 5, 1991. She served on numerous boards throughout the Inland Empire and was the recipient of many awards as a tribute for her outstanding and great contributions.

“I shall pass this way only once and whatever good I can do, let me do it day by day” is a quote by which she lived her life.

She was a firm believer in the potential of all children to learn and become all that they could be. Her final years were proudly spent compiling more than fourteen pictorial binders on the life of President Barack Obama which she displayed in her home. Her home is a historical monument, representative of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., West Virginia State College and the diversity of world cultures. Her legacy has been sealed in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.

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