Morris Harrington (1953 - 2014)

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Morris Harrington, a retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant, was born on July 29, 1953 to Gertis Whichard and Marshall Harrington in Bridgeport, Conn., and died July 16, 2014.

Morris served in the United States Air Force from Oct. 21, 1971 – Oct. 31, 1995.

He married Bernice Cherry on Feb. 16, 1974 and they had five children. For the past 40 years they built a life together and raised a family, instilling in their children the importance of a relationship with God, higher education, and hard work.

Morris lived and served on several Air Force bases throughout the world including Torrejon Air Force Base, Madrid, Spain; Royal Air Force Alconbury, Huntingdon, England; Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, N.M.; Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Del.; Hill Air Force Base, Clearfield, Utah; Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, Nev.; Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City; and Eglin Air Force Base, Valparaiso.

After retiring from the Air Force, Morris worked for security forces on Eglin Air Force Base.

Morris enjoyed singing, fishing, bowling, woodworking, and going to the Senior Bowl. Morris, known by nicknames such as Mo, Mr. Mo, and Mackey was known for his quick smile, boisterous laugh, and keen sense of humor. He loved to entertain anyone in his presence with his jokes and stories.

Morris leaves behind to mourn his devoted wife Bernice; his daughters Carmielia, of Atlanta, Ga., Vaneesa of Crestview and Tamara of Tallahassee; his son, Morris II of Tallahassee; and his grandchildren, Darion, Amira, Vyandori, Jawanza, Samia, and Nilah.
In addition, Morris leaves behind three sisters, Evelyn (Eldridge) McNeill of Fayetteville, N.C., Diane Williams and Teresa Davidson, both of Bridgeport, Conn.; and a host of other relatives and close friends.

His parents, Gertis Whichard and Marshall Harrington; his daughter, LaTresa Harrington; his brothers, Willie Whichard and Tony Whichard; and his favorite aunt, Betty Reed, preceded him in death.

Morris created a network of friends and extended family which, along with his immediate family, mourns his passing but celebrates the life he lived. They rest in the knowledge that Morris has been called to glory and they will one day see him again.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McKinnie funeral home in Crestview. The home going service is at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the East Gate Chapel on Eglin Air Force Base.

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