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James Clifton Moon

November 10, 1937 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Darryl James Heuser

Dec. 1, 1953 ~ Aug. 21, 2019

Services will be held:

Betty Z. Cowing

August 15, 1922 ~ August 20, 2019

Services will be held: August 23, 2019

Oral Wise

March 1, 1952 ~ August 19, 2019

Services will be held: August 24, 2019

Joseph Rickey “Rick” French

August 28, 1945 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: August 28, 2019

Martin “Matt” Willoughby

Feb. 9, 1950 ~ Aug. 6, 2019

Services will be held: September 6, 2019

Jean Carroll Kaplan

October 23, 1933 ~ August 17, 2019

Services will be held: At a later date

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Brenda Kay Ward

September 3, 1945 ~ August 16, 2019

Services will be held: August 19, 2019

Helen Meeks Morris

05/23/1929 ~ 02/11/2019

GARNER – Helen Meeks Morris, 89, of Garner, NC passed away February 11, 2019. Helen was born on May 23, 1929 to the late William Ernest and Velma Mills Meeks. She married Benjamin H. Morris on September 13, 1951.

Helen lived a long and blessed life. She saw each day as a gift from God, and lived it to the absolute fullest. The most important thing to her was the people that her life touched. The walls of her home attest to a life full of love and memories. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find much wall space at all because of the countless pictures of family and friends that cover every inch. Over her years, she was employed by Greenbrier Apartments and K-mart, where she was known for a cheery smile and a compassionate desire to help people anyway that she could. Her life was full with family, friends and church. She was a faithful founding member of the Capitol Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she was delighted to serve her church family. She was the first elected woman to be on the church board and also served in the Women’s Ministry. In her retirement, she has made many new friends through organizing, calling out, and playing bingo at McDonald’s and Chick-fil-a in Garner. She continued her spirit of giving by also volunteering at the Garner Senior Center as well as spending countless hours helping at the Garner Area Ministries. Her legacy in loving and giving lives on in all that her life

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Benjamin H. Morris. Brothers; William D. Meeks, Sr. (Georgia Pearl), James A. Meeks, Sr., Johnnie R. Meeks. Sisters; Elizabeth McKinney (Robert), Catherine Meeks Mills (William Lewis), Joann Meeks Valencia. Sister-in-law; Frances H. Meeks; Brother-in-law, Joe Williams.

She is survived by her brothers; Charlie Lee Meeks, Sr. (Dorothy) of Newport, David Earl Meeks of Grimesland, Edward E. Meeks, Sr. (Sybil) of Ayden, Carlton R. Meeks (Judy) of N. Chesterfield, Va., Franklin D. Meeks (Gail) of Chocowinity; Sister, Barbara Jean Williams of Greenville; Sisters-in-law, Emily Meeks of Greenville, Virginia Meeks of Kinston; Son, Ernest Ray Morris (Susan) of Raleigh. Daughters; Ann M. Beasley (Tim) of Benson, Faye M. Skinner (Rev. Jim) of Four Oaks. Grandchildren; Marie Moss (Jeremy), Stephanie Kinley (Clarence), Jeff Beasley (Paige), Amy Cook, Wendy Roberts (Josh), Rebecca Kivett (Greg), Michael Skinner (Elise). Great Grandchildren; Kaleb and Ethan Moss, James and Carson Kinley, Hailey Warren (Chris), Parker, Blake, and Cole Beasley, Caitlyn and Wesley Cook, Reid and Taya Roberts, Emily and Noah Kivett. Great-Great Grandchild; Bentlie Warren.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the estate of Helen Morris, and may be sent to, 1405 Beichler Rd. Garner, NC 27529.



6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bryan-Lee Funeral Home
1200 Benson Rd. Garner, NC 27529



2:00 PM

The Capital Church
1308 Hwy 70W, Garner, NC 27529

Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 12830 US 70 Business HWY W, Clayton, NC 27520


  1. Evon Sutton

    Aunt Helen will be greatly missed by all the family. I have wonderful memories of her.

  2. Ronald White

    Our condolences to the family of Mrs Morris.

  3. Sandra Byerly Barden

    With our deepest condolences for Helen and family. May she RIP!

  4. Wanda Capps

    So sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of you mom and days after school in her home. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother.

  5. Janette and Tony Ward

    We will miss your smiling face. Our sweet cousin

  6. Lynn Showers

    My condolences to all the family. Ms. Morris was a wonderful lady. I remember when Hurricane Fran came and she offered my husband (at the time) and I to come over and take a shower. We didn’t have water for two or so weeks. She also invited us to dinner. She was a sweet and caring lady, was there ready to help. RIP Ms. Morris. You will be missed.

  7. Wayne Denning

    A more loving and softer spoken woman there has never been. She has achieved absolute freedom.
    God Bless
    Wayne and Kay Denning

  8. Pastor Fred and First Lady Lenora Morris

    Our condolences to the Morris Family.
    We will miss Helen Morris at the Garner Senior Center. She was a sweet lady that loved every body.
    May Helen R I H.
    Sincerely Pastor Fred and Lenora Morris

  9. diane dolese

    You will be sadly missed Miss Helen ,it won’t be the same at chic fila on Friday ,rest in peace love Diane

  10. Joye Stephenson

    I will miss chatting with Helen at Garner Senior Center and Garner Area Ministeries. She was a blessing to our community. RIP

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