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Matthews United Methodist
Tuesday October 4th, 2022
12:30pm - 2:00pm

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Matthews United Methodist
Tuesday October 4th, 2022
2:00pm - 12:00pm

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Edward James Morris

Edward James Morris, Sr., 85, entered into heaven riding on one of his favorite steam trains surrounded by family on Monday, September 26, 2022, in Charlotte, NC.

Born August 16, 1937, in Manhattan, NY to the late John Joseph and Mary (Zwihal) Morris. He was raised in New York, NY and graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School, later attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an interest in mechanical and electrical engineering.

Following his true patriotic spirit and his passion for service, he enlisted in the Air Force in 1959 and later attended flight training at Spence Field in Moultrie, GA where he met his loving wife of 61 years. Ed and Frieda wed on December 31, 1960. Together and against her southern roots they transplanted their young family to Syracuse, NY where he began his post active-duty military service at Honeywell, Inc., from 1960-1967 and later at Morris Machine Works from 1967 - 1969 as a Field Service and Application Engineer.  

In December 1969, he, along with Frieda and three children, Kathy, Ed Jr., and Kelly, moved to Charlotte, NC where he began his long and distinguished career at Heyward, Incorporated. For 51 years, he was a part of Heyward Incorporated until his retirement at the age of 82.  Ed was hired into Heyward Incorporated as a Sales Engineer on December 1, 1969.  He served in this role until the mid-1980’s when he became Engineering Manager.  Ed was Engineering Manager from this time with Heyward Incorporated and then Heyward-Charlotte Incorporated until his retirement on June 30, 2020.  In addition, Ed was Vice President of Heyward Incorporated, Board Member, and Secretary of the Board from 1986 through 1998.  In 1998/1999, Ed was one of three incorporators of Heyward-Charlotte Incorporated.  Ed served as Chairman of the Board and Secretary of the newly formed company from 1999 – 2002.  Outside of Heyward, Ed was a long-time member of AWWA and WEF (American Water Works Association and Water Environment Federation) and the NC Chapter of these organizations - NC AWWA/WEF.  He served as Chairman of NC AWWA/WEF in 1982/1983.

Ed had a love for steam locomotives and photography.  He often took his family on wonderful steam train excursions in the hills of North Carolina and Tennessee.  And to keep it interesting and always in pursuit of the perfect photo, he would on occasion take them kicking and screaming to a local railroad track in pursuit of the perfect photo of the steam locomotive that raced by.

Known to shed a tear at the playing of the National Anthem, Ed is a proud veteran and true American patriot.  Always in service, he is an active member of the Matthews United Methodist Church serving in various positions as a Trustee and photographer within the church. Every fall he could be found cheering on the Carolina Panthers both at the stadium and in his home.

He loved spending time with his family and was affectionally known as “Gdaddy”. He will be greatly missed by many friends and family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Frieda Morris; his children, Kathy Morris of Charlotte, NC; Edward James Morris, Jr. (Simone) of Ocean Isle Beach, NC; Kelly Lay of Indian Trail, NC; four grandchildren, Jessie (Ben Anderson), Sean Morris (Emily), Dallas Lay, and Haylee Morris; two beloved great-granddaughters, Blakely Morris and Tilly Anderson; sister, Wynne Neiss of Albany, NY; nephew Tom Neiss (Elaine) of Albany, NY; and many sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is preceded in death by son-in-law, Mark Lay and nephew, Ken Neiss.

The funeral service will be held at Matthews United Methodist Church, Matthews, NC on Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 at 2:00 PM.  

Visitation will be at the church prior to the service from 12:30 to 1:50 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests memorials be made to Matthews UMC for the Welcome Center Renovation Project or The United Methodist Men’s Ministry. Memorials can be made by check or online at give.matthewsumc.org

(Select “Other” and note for either “Ed Morris-Welcome Center or UMM”).

Gaskin Funeral Services, 14617 Lawyers Road, Matthews, is in charge of arrangements, (704) 882-6733, www.gaskinservices.com





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A candle was lit in memory of Edward Morris

Lisa and Kevin Moran Oct 4 2022 10:14 PM

I have fond memories of Mr Morris and his family from the summers at the pool and those post tennis tournaments. My family is praying for the Morris family.

Michael Farris Sep 30 2022 4:38 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Edward Morris

Mark and Renee Link Sep 30 2022 6:50 AM

I remember Ed with great fondness. He lived a life of integrity and faithfulness. His legacy lives on through the many lives he touched. Ken Lyon

Ken Lyon Sep 29 2022 7:57 PM

Ed, Simone and family - Foster and I extend our deepest condolences to you and your family doing this time of bereavement. May you find joy in your memories. You are in our prayers.

Gloria & Foster Payne Sep 29 2022 6:12 PM

Mr. Morris was a picture of strength and determination. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. You are such a loving and wonderful family. May God bless you all during this time. The staff at Sharon Towers will miss you all.

Maggie Kiesel Sep 29 2022 10:02 AM

Frieda, I still will want some sugar. Oh yeah, then there was my first Heyward sales meeting and the infamous “Here kitty, kitty, kitty.”.

Ed was ALWAYS fun & interesting to be with.

Sad condolences for a great friend.

Gene Barreau Sep 29 2022 3:07 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Edward Morris

Edward J Morris Jr Sep 28 2022 6:06 PM

Ed was a good customer but more than that, he was a good man. We shared a lot of funny stories over the years and he will be missed.

Wayne Britt Sep 28 2022 4:04 PM

Ed Morris, my uncle, son of my dear Grandmother Mary Morris(Nan) And Grandfather John J Morris and sister of my mother Wilhelmina Neiss has always been and always will be a man I have looked up to all my life. Everything he did was worthy of a someone to look up to. His marriage, his duty in the Air Force, his children, his career and mostly his dedication to his family. I shall always remember him. He let us and my friends share his house in Liverpool, NY, many homes in and around Charlotte and of course the beach house! We were always welcomed. God, you now have Ed, take care of this wonderful man.
With love and respect,
Tom and Elaine Neiss

Tom and Elaine Neiss Sep 28 2022 1:57 PM

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