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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Obituary - Arthur Leroy Morris

Arthur Leroy Morris, age 77, was born on August 14, 1943 in Mountain Grove, MO. Jesus took Art into His arms on Friday, March 12, 2021 in Phillipsburg, MO.

Art loved his Savior, going to church, singing, tuning and playing piano; especially in Nursing Homes. He enjoyed seeing their faces light up as he played and sang their favorite hymns. Art served as a Music Minister for several Missouri churches including Springfield, Camdenton, Aurora, Richmond, Nevada-(First Baptist and Pine Street), and Rich Hill. 

He also played piano for Sunshine Baptist Church. Art was a long-time member of the Missouri Music Men. He also served as a Police Dispatcher in Nevada for over 20 years. Art served on the CMAAA advisory board. He also performed volunteer work in several communities where he lived. 

Art loved and took great pride in his family. He loved each one of them unconditionally. He had a great sense of humor. Art was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Leroy Morris and Roberta Shannon Morris of Springfield, MO.

He is survived by his loving wife Betty O’Dell Bender Morris of Phillipsburg, MO. He is also survived by his son Kevin Arthur Morris and wife Marla of Strafford, MO; his son Christopher Ray Morris and wife Sarah of Nevada, MO; and stepson Timothy Alan Bender and wife JY of Overland Park, KS. Art is also survived by 8 grandchildren including Whitney Jo Morris of Springfield, Missouri; Kenan Zachary Morris of Springfield, Missouri; Annabelle Paulette Morris of Nevada, MO; Kurtis Eli Morris of Strafford, Missouri; Emma Caroline Morris of Nevada, MO; James Christopher Morris of Nevada, MO; Elizabeth Joy Bender of Overland Park, KS; and Ella Grace Morris of Nevada, MO. A Celebration of Life

Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Sunshine Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri with graveside service and burial to follow at Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be one hour before services from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church.

The family has requested that those who attend the services to please wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the: Sunshine Baptist Church, 5034 E. Sunshine Terrace, Springfield, MO 65809