Morris B. Stone

February 9, 2020

Morris B. Stone, age 49, died peacefully and entered God’s Kingdom called Heaven on Feb 5, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Morris was born on June 4, 1970 in Pensacola, FL to Marcus Stone and the late Gloria Stone.

Morris was a graduate of Tate High School and worked in management at Walmart until he medically retired in 2010. He loved the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Dallas Cowboys, fishing, bowling and a big dip of Copenhagen.

Morris is preceded in death by his mother, Gloria Stone; and his brother, Kenneth Morgan Stone.

He is survived by his father, Marcus Gene Stone; brothers, Mark (Wendy) Stone and Roy (Joan) Stone; sister, Susie (Dave) Hill; and also a big family that loved him dearly.

Morris passion for life started early for him when his preliminary checkup to start kindergarten revealed that he had a blood disease called leukemia. The fight was on and as he had done his whole life he fought bravely and courageously and after being in and out of remission for several years he was approved for a “experimental procedure” at the time called a bone marrow transplant. We moved our family 3,000 miles away from home to Seattle, Washington and with the odds stacked against him, Morris won his battle with leukemia and in a rare occasion with this deadly disease was diagnosed as cured. Unfortunately, out of the 12 beautiful children there at the same time battling this horrible disease, Morris was the only one to survive. Morris went on with life! Bound by the side-effects of years of chemo he persevered and touched many lives.

He played sports at the Cantonment ballpark, where many lifetime memories and friends were made. Morris went Tate High School where he never let his health become a obstacle in his joy of life and he shared that joy with many, many friends that he loved and who also loved him dearly. In high school Morris took up bowling and became an avid and very good bowler. He enjoyed competing in youth and adult leagues at Deluna lanes. He loved those weekend family bowling nights and especially the nights he got to school his big brothers and Yes, it was often!

Morris also invested in the lives of many young men through coaching football at Ensley ballpark for many years. There is no doubt he made a profound and positive difference in many of the young lives that God put in his path. Morris worked at Winn Dixie for a short time after high school before taking a job at Walmart where he worked his way up into management. After years of working with his Walmart family, who also loved him dearly, scars from the battle for life some 30 years in the past returned. The large amounts of chemo it took to save his life as a child had also caused his organs not to develop fully causing him to have a series of strokes in 2009 that left him unable to speak and paralyzed on his right side. Through all this Morris still never lost his grit and determination for life and he continued to touch the lives of those who loved him. In Oct. of 2016 Morris was diagnosed with colon cancer and stage 4 liver cancer and was giving 2 months to live.

God had a different plan! Morris blessed the lives of family and friends for another 3 yrs. This is the reason his cancer doctor simply called him “Miracle Morris”. Morris fought to the end with the same passion and love for life that he did in the beginning. The strength and resilience that he showed in every battle that life put in his path made him a inspiration to all who knew him. Morris, with his contagious smile and big warm heart that could knock the chill out of the coldest of rooms, will surely be missed by us all.

Funeral services will be held at 4PM on Sun., Feb. 9, 2020 with visitation beginning at 2PM prior to services.

Burial will be held at 11AM on Mon., Feb. 10 at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery in Andalusia Al. Pastor Wes Alvarez will officiate.

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