Edwin Craddock Morris, Sr., 88, of St.Matthews and the husband of the late Patricia Martin Morris, peacefully went to be with the Lord, on Saturday, June 16, 2018, after a very courageous six-month battle to regain his health and vitality. He was a man of great faith and humility and a distinguished true Southern gentleman who always dedicated his life first to God, family, community and country. He enjoyed the outdoors and all nature including the mountains, the beaches, gardening and admiring God’s beautiful bounty. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 21, 2018, at First Baptist Church, Bridge Street, St. Matthews, with the Rev. Dr. Thomas B. Huggins officiating. A brief visitation will be held in the church after the service. A private burial will be held at Barnwell Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, June 20, 2018, at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, in Orangeburg. Craddock was born on November 19, 1929 in St. Matthews, SC, a son of the late John Bunyan Morris and Mary Hogg Morris. He was an honor graduate of St. Matthews H.S. and The Citadel (Class of 1950), where he was selected as a member of the elite Summerall Guards and Bond Volunteers. After graduation from The Citadel, he served as an Army 2nd Lieutenant in the Korean War and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. After he completed his military service, he returned to St. Matthews to become the Editor and Publisher of The Calhoun Times. Craddock loved and served his local community, his church and many civic and charitable organizations. He was a charter member and past president of the Rotary Club of St. Matthews, where he received Rotarian of the Year. Other recognitions include: American Legion Americanism Medal; DAR Excellence in Community Service; and Honorary Life Member of the American Lung Association. He received special recognition from Calhoun County Museum, Calhoun Conservation District, Sandy Run Ruritan, SCDOT, National MS Society, DHEC, American Cancer Society and Best Chance Network. As a cyclist for over 20 years, he raised support and rode in numerous two-day 100-150-mile bike tours for the MS Society and the SC Lung Association. Craddock and Patricia loved dancing and were charter members of The Coterie Club which was founded in 1957 as a social dance club. They were also members of several other dance clubs in later years. As a devout Christian, he served his beloved First Baptist Church, where he was baptized at 12, became a member and served as a longtime deacon and Sunday School teacher until his death. He read devotions and scriptures daily and always honored the Sabbath. Even when on vacation, he would find a church and attend to honor the Lord. Survivors include: a son and a daughter-in-law, Edwin C. and Susan Morris, of St. Matthews; a daughter, Anne H. Morris, of Simpsonville, S.C.; a grandson, Jefferson Craddock Morris, of Washington, D.C.; and a granddaughter, Katherine Hunt Morris, of Charleston, S.C. Memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, PO Box 340, St.Matthews, SC 29135, or the charity of ones choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.dukesharleyfuneralhome.com.

Posted in: The State

Posted on: 2018-06-19

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