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Postal worker remembered for work ethic, sense of humor

WASHINGTON (BP)–A Southern Baptist postal worker who died of inhalation anthrax was remembered for his work ethic and as a friend who possessed a delightful sense of fun when he wasn’t on the clock.

Hundreds of U.S. Postal Service workers, relatives and others filled the pews of Temple Hills Baptist Church Oct. 26 to remember Thomas L. Morris Jr., 55, of Suitland, Md.

His wife, Mary, is the church secretary at Temple Hills.

Morris died of inhalation anthrax contracted while working at the Brentwood Road postal facility in northeast Washington. Morris was buried at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery.

“There has been a great deal of anxiety in this country since Sept. 11, but God does have a plan,” Lamont S. Jones, pastor of Kendall Baptist Church, told the funeral crowd.

A pianist played the hymns “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “I Must Tell Jesus.” Then came words from the Old and New Testaments, including John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.”

Coworkers recalled Morris, a 32-year postal veteran known affectionately as “Moe,” as a straight-up guy who took his job seriously, often working overtime.

“He was a hard worker. He worked overtime on the night shift the last Friday he was on the job,” one colleague said before the service in a Washington Post interview.

James Jones, vice president of the Tuesday Morning Mixed Bowling League, said that even though tempers sometimes flair during bowling matches, Morris stayed cool as team president. “He was mild-mannered and wouldn’t get angry,” Jones said in an interview with the newspaper.

As he stood before the crowd, Thomas L. Morris III, 33, said: “My father shared his love with a lot of people. He was a good man. He loved his family, his coworkers and bowling.”

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