Maggie  Ruth  Morris

Maggie Ruth Shelley Morris, a resident of Freeport, Fla., formerly of the Tumbleton Community of Henry County, died Oct. 12, 2013, in the Westwood Health Care Center in Fort Walton Beach. She was 88.

Mrs. Morris was born and reared in the Tumbleton Community of Henry County, daughter of the late Willie Howard Shelley and Jewel Bradshaw Shelley. She lived in the Tumbleton Community most of her lifetime before moving to Freeport in 1971. Mrs. Morris was affiliated with the New Zion Free Will Baptist Church and the South Walton Baptist Church of Santa Rosa Beach.

She was the owner and operator of Eastern Lake Estates, Inc. in Freeport. In earlier years, Mrs. Morris was employed by Wex-Tex Manufacturing Company in Headland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Drew Morris, a son, Tommy Ray Gamble, a sister, Syble Stokes May, and a brother, James L. (Spud) Shelley.

Surviving relatives include daughter, Martha Jean Ethridge (Kenneth), Tumbleton Community; son, Larry Joe Gamble, Ponce de Leon; sister, Jeanette Herring (Harold), Dothan; grandchildren, Keith Ethridge (Debbie), Kim Ethridge (Tami), Kendra Feltman (Ben), Kelley Flatt (Daniel), and Rev. Thomas Gamble (Chelsea); great-granddaughter, Courtney Ethridge; several nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Dr. Steven Stokes (Angelia), Dothan; and special friend and caretaker, Gerri Brink, Freeport. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 in the New Zion Free Will Baptist Church near Headland, Ala., with the Revs. Joey Pettis and Thomas Gamble of Panama City officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Holman-Headland Mortuary in Headland is in charge of funeral arrangements. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the mortuary in Headland.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the New Zion Free Will Baptist Church, c/o David Teat, 10033 County Road 47, Shorterville, AL 36373.

Serving as active pallbearers will be the Rev. Thomas Gamble, Daniel Flatt, Keith Ethridge, Kim Ethridge, Paul Baxter, Glenn Bishop, and Nicholas Russell. 

Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with local arrangements.