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D.C. postal worker was Southern Baptist

WASHINGTON (BP)–One of the two Washington postal workers who contracted anthrax was a Southern Baptist whose wife is the church secretary at Kendall Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Md.

Thomas L. Morris, Jr., 55, of Suitland, Md., died after apparently inhaling anthrax bacteria at the U.S. Postal Service office in the Brentwood section of northeast Washington.

Lamont Jones, pastor of Kendall Baptist Church, said he has been asked to preach at Morris’ funeral 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the church. Jones said Morris’ wife, Mary, is the church secretary and has been the example of strength during these hard times.

“When I got to the hospital to pray for Mary, she was telling two doctors you need to know Jesus Christ, you need to put your trust in him,” Jones told The Washington Post. “We were all laughing in the room that she would actually do that.

Morris died Oct. 21 after arriving at Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington complaining of flu-like symptoms.

Neighbors of the Morris family said he was a good man who helped his friends.

Mary Morris told The New York Times her husband was a very private person.

“He was just a great guy,” she told The Times. “The reason I agreed to talk to the press was to proclaim my faith in Jesus. That’s the only way I can make sense out of this whole thing.”

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