Anthony Alonzo Morris
Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force
Memorial services for the late Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Alonzo “Tony” Morris, United States Air Force (retired), of 4458 Oakdale Crescent Court, #1236, Fairfax, Virginia, were held Thursday, November 10, 2005, at 3 p.m. in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Colonel Morris, a Vietnam veteran, died August 28, 2005, in Arlington, Virginia.
He was born October 6, 1947, in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of the late Thomasina Belton Morris and the late Alonzo “Soldier” Morris. He, along with his family, resided at 2027 Heidt Street, Columbia, South Carolian, in the home of his late grandmother, Lillie Cave Morris. He attendeded the public schools of Columbia, and was a 1965 graduate of C.A. Johnson High School where he participated in many school clubs and activities.
Following high school, he attended the University of South Carolina (USC), graduating in 1969. While attending USC, he was a member and unit leader of the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Drill Team. He was nominated by the late Isadore Lourie and others to become the first Black page in the South Carolina Legislative Assembly. His appointment ended upon his graduation. While pursuing his education, he worked in his father’s store, Read Grocery and at Baxley’s Supermarket.
After 21 years of exemplary service in the United States Air Force, Colonel Morris retired in July 1990 with numerous awards and decorations. After retirement, he was employed as a top Far East specialist for a Virginia consulting company with a Top Secret clearance.
Colonel Anthony Alonzo “Tony” Morris is survived by two children: his 20-year-old son, Saint-Aaron Lennard-Antwuan Morris, who is a pre-medical student in Houston, Texas, and his 25-year-old daughter, Nicole Morris, who is the mother of his two grandchildren, Jasmine and Alexandra Morris, all of Fairfax, Virginia; two sisters, Jacqulyn Morris Guion, Bronx, New York, and Beverly Morris (Henry) Woodruff; one brother, Jessie Wheeler, Jr.; and one niece, Jennifer Woodruff, all of Mt. Vernon, New York; one nephew, Todd Guion, Yonkers, New York; his beloved aunts, Lucretia Cayruth and Leotis Simons; cousins, Stanley and Gail Cayruth, all of Columbia, South Carolina; and a host of other relatives and friends in Columbia, Virginia, and New York City. Colonel. Morris also had a brother who preceded him in death.
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Posted: 27 January 2006