Samuel Morris


On January 28, 2018, after a brief illness, Samuel Blair Morris, age 100 years, of Webster, Texas peacefully passed away in his home.  Three of Sam’s children and his beloved daughter-in-law were honored to have their loving hands upon him as he departed this world for his eternal home.

Sam was born to Thomas Blair Morris and Nora O. Garton in New Boston, Texas on March 18, 1917.  He attended Jefferson Davis High School and Massey Business College in Houston, Texas, before going to work as a stillman at Eastern States Petroleum Company.  A talented writer, he proudly authored a column, “Sammy Sez,” in the company newspaper.

After 44 years in the oil industry, he retired as an Operations Manager and then traveled extensively with his family.

Always active, Sam loved to play the harmonica, and played in a local three-man band for a number of years. An avid sportsman and athlete, he fished, bowled, played softball (only fast pitch!) and had a passion for reading.

Playing golf was a favorite past-time. Sam often said some of the best days of his life were spent playing golf with his family in Scotland, including the Old Course in St. Andrews.  He continued to play the local golf links until a few years ago when he traded his golf clubs for the Houston Chronicle’s daily crossword puzzle (which he generally would complete, even the Sunday edition!).

Sam is survived by daughters Deborah Kennedy (and spouse, Roland), Becky Farley (and spouse, Robert), and Kelley Morris; son Timothy Morris (and spouse, Candy), 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his infant son Thomas, his sister Alyce Andry, and his wife of 30 years, Barbara Blanchard Morris.

Sam was larger than life and blessed many people with his philanthropy and generosity.  Above all, he greatly loved his family and the Lord Jesus Christ.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the J.J. Watt Foundation (, an organization to provide after-school opportunities for middle school aged children to become involved in athletics.