2018-04-12 / Obituaries

Mildred Amy Thornton Morris

Mildred Amy Thornton Morris, 87, of Morgan’s Point Resort, previously of Rockdale, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, March 31, 2018. Funeral services are set for 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Pastor Richard Leggett from First United Methodist Church of Bastrop officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, prior to services, starting at 1:00 pm at the funeral home.

“Millie”, as she was known to her friends, was born on April 25, 1930, to John J. and Carrie Amy (Wooley) Thornton, in Lott, Texas. She was raised in Lexington, Texas, and graduated from Lexington High School. She attended business school in Austin, Texas, Blinn College, and Sam Houston State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration and teaching certificate in 1952. She served as Secretary of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Fraternity while at Sam Houston.

Millie was known for her smile and sweet disposition but was also a strong and competent woman. The death of her father in the summer of 1952 changed her plans to teach, and with the older siblings married and with families of their own, and her younger sister in college, Millie returned to Lexington to live with her mother. She accepted a position at Alcoa, working in engineering during the construction of the new Rockdale plant.

She married Fred L. Morris, Jr. of Lexington, on December 13, 1953. When Fred and Millie opened Morris Pharmacy in 1963, she returned to Alcoa, and her mother moved to Rockdale to care for the children and home.

Millie made good use of her Business degree. When their business was more established, she left Alcoa and joined Fred at the store. Millie was the power behind the pharmacist. She served as accountant, purchaser and manager of the non-pharmacy portion of the business.

Millie was known for her apple pie. Bridge club, holidays, church functions, whenever a dessert was needed, Millie provided apple pie. She also made a mean chocolate cake, but those were usually stay-at-home goodies for Fred.

In addition to Lexington and Rockdale, Millie resided in Temple, Texas, Southern California, and most recently Morgan’s Point Resort, Texas, with her son and just down the street from her daughter.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 62 years, Fred L. Morris, Jr., in 2016; an infant son in 1957; brothers, Norman Thornton of Temple, John Thornton of Lexington, and Robert Thornton of Houston; and sisters, Ruby Alice Morgan of Lewisville, and Dora Durham of Denver, Colorado.

She is survived by her daughter, Amy Louise Cowell and husband Jimmy Reeves of Morgan’s Point Resort, Texas; son, Fred Lee Morris III and wife Aimee of Morgan’s Point Resort, Texas; grandsons, Travis Ryan Cowell of Gainesville, Virginia and Mason Andrew Cowell of College Station, Texas; granddaughters, Dr. Shelby Evelyn Morris and Rachel Ivy Morris, both of Houston, Texas; nieces, Jean Lawson of Georgia, Norma Brae of Alvin, Texas, and Carrie Durham and husband Jeff Howard of Denver, Colorado; and nephews, John and George Morgan.

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