John C. Morris, 72, longtime tailor

November 24, 1997

John C. Morris, a longtime tailor, died of cancer Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 72 and a lifelong Southwest Baltimore resident.

Mr. Morris, who learned his trade at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in the early 1940s, retired in 1981 after working for 10 years as a tailor at the now-defunct Klein the Tailor shop on Baltimore Street. Earlier, he spent almost 30 years at Forest Park Cleaners and Tailors on Garrison Boulevard.

His daughter, Darlene Bailey of Baltimore, described her father as a skilled craftsman who enjoyed carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, cooking, sewing and telling jokes.

"He kept us laughing," she said. "We always had a good time with him."

Mr. Morris' first wife, the former Gloria V. Smith, died in 1955. He and his second wife, the former Ella Byrd, separated in 1978.

Services are scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. today at Charity Community Church of God, 3208 Frederick Ave.

He is survived by four other daughters, Brenda Young, Whittona Molock, Jonetta Rowley and Denise Morris, all of Baltimore; an adopted daughter, Teresa Bailey-Wilks of Baltimore; two adopted sons, Harold Lyles and Philemon Wilks, both of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a longtime companion, Earldene Johnson of Baltimore.

Pub Date: 11/24/97

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