Date of Birth

January 2, 1937
Harpersville, Alabama

Date of Death

May 8, 2017
Bangor Township, Michigan

Billy Ray Morris, 80, of Bangor Township was born on Jan. 2, 1937, to Dencil and Margaret (Branam) Morris. He passed away suddenly on Monday, May 8, 2017, at his home.

At age 80, “Bill” as he was known, was still doing construction work at his own company, Bill Morris Construction which he started in 1962. In his spare time, he loved fishing, and watching and going to all kinds of auto racing, however his most precious times were spent with his grandchildren.

Bill is survived by three daughters: Diane (Cecil) Wismer of Hartford, Sheryl (Mark) Horowitz of Phoenix, and Dawn McFadden-Berbert; and two stepdaughters, Cynthia Gilman and Tammy (David) Millword. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Joshua Berbert, Benjamin Horowitz and Cecil Wismer; many other stepgrandchildren; and five siblings: Jack (Joy) Morris of Decatur, Louise Tuberville of Florida, Robert (Marilyn) Morris of South Haven, Patricia (Gary) Olive and Terry (Vicky) Morris both of Florida.

Bill was preceded in passing by three wives: Ruth, Gloria, and Theresa; his parents; and a sister, Catherine Peninger.

The family will welcome friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Hartford Federated Church, where the celebration of life service will take place immediately following. Bill will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations in Bill’s name be made to Caring Circle. Those wishing to leave memorial condolences for the family may do so at

3 Responses to Obituaries: Billy Ray Morris

  • Calvin Funeral Home says:

    Please post any condolences for Billy Ray Morris in the “Leave Your Condolences” comment section below. All e-mail contact information will be made private, but will be given to the family during the services. Our thoughts and prayers go to Billy’s family during their time of grief.

  • Ivan & kimberly Schmalfeldt says:

    We are sorry to hear about Bill. We both thought a lot of him and Ivan will miss their visits. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. RIP our Friend.

  • pat martin says:

    What a wonderful man and a great loss. That smile is forever in my mind. He was a talent craftsman and loved by all He will not be soon forgotten. Patricia Schmalfeldt Martin

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