Morris Dandridge of Blackwell died Monday morning, July 30, 2018, in Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home at the age of 95 years.
Morris Dandridge was born on July 5, 1925, in Porum, Okla., to Sheridan and Pearlie Dunn Dandridge. He grew up on a farm near Porum and graduated from Porum High School. Following his education he entered the United States Army serving during World War II and was stationed in Japan for a year. Upon his discharge he moved to Blackwell in 1948 and he began working for Blackwell Zinc Company. While in Blackwell he met Florence “Flo” Arzella Rader at a medicine show and they were married on Jan. 29, 1950. They later moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he worked for the highway department for five years. They then moved to Cushing for a year and he worked for the county. They returned to Kansas and settled in Pittsburg where he again worked for the highway department for seven years and retired in 1987. In 1996 they returned to Blackwell to make their home. His wife preceded him in death on Jan. 22, 2007, and he continued to make Blackwell his home. He enjoyed fishing, coon hunting and camping in Noel, Mo. Other hobbies included reading and watching Oklahoma Sooner athletics. He also coached little league baseball for a few years.
He is survived by his son, Jim Dandridge and wife Kelly, of Ponca City; a daughter, Janet Adams, of Tunisia; a brother, Harold Dandridge, of California; four sisters, Maxine Sexton, of Shawnee, Alice Messingale, of Harper, Kan., Martha Yancy of Boulder, Colo., and Dorothy Jeffries of Bakersfield, Calif.; six grandchildren, Tracy Bacon and husband Alex, Michelle Foster and husband Conan, Aaron Adams, Abigail Stewart and husband Jason, Micah Adams and Taylor Young; and five great grandchildren, Kira Bacon, Evie Stewart, Gabby Foster, Alex Foster and Callum Stewart.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Dandridge; and three sisters, Verna Stockton, Iva Lee and Wilma Jean Kern.
A service is scheduled for 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 4 in Blackwell Cemetery with Chaplain Drew Drawbridge officiating. Military rites will be performed by the United States Army.
A memorial has been established in his honor with Ross Hospice or Hillcrest Manor Nursing Home in c/o Roberts and Son Funeral Home, 120 W. Padon, Blackwell, OK 74631.
On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com