Morris Joseph Alexander was born on July 16, 1928, in Edgard, Louisiana to Morris and Leontine Alexander. Leontine passed away just four years later, leaving behind Morris and his infant sister, Gladys. His father later re-married and one son, Lloyd, was born of that union. Morris was raised by his aunt, Leona Alexander Louper, who he called "Mom." Leona's home was a popular meeting place for family and friends and provided fond childhood memories for Morris. He cherished the time spent listening to baseball games on the radio with a porch filled with friends and cousins and helping Leona with the vegetable garden and farm animals.
Though Morris completed only six years of schooling, he achieved many successes in his long life. The construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System began in the 1970s and competition for the high-paying jobs it offered was stiff. Morris was selected to work on the project and was eventually promoted to head foreman. Though the working and living conditions were harsh " for years he worked in cold, frigid weather and lived in isolated dormitory-style camps " Morris loved Alaska and was proud of the means it afforded him to provide a comfortable lifestyle for his wife Margaret, the love of his life. The couple first purchased a home in Los Angeles and later settled in a home on an acre lot in Victorville, CA. Morris and Margaret loved to entertain and opened their home to family and friends near and far. When Margaret fell ill with cancer, Morris tirelessly cared for her until the Lord brought her Home. He never re-married.
Morris was generous to a fault. He loved to fill up his car with food and distribute it to friends and family. He would often travel nearly a hundred miles from Victorville to deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to his sister Gladys. During his many trips to Louisiana, he would purchase huge quantities of shrimp, crawfish and other food items to share with his cousins in New Orleans, Edgard, and Hahnville. In the 1990s, Morris discovered the Home Shopping Network, which opened up a whole new world of gift-giving opportunities for him.
Morris loved road trips -- usually from California to Louisiana and Texas. He would take off in his Lincoln Continental (or in later years his Escalade) and visit his Uncle Joe in Beaumont, his Uncle Ernest in San Antonio, his cousins Alfroncine and Lovida in New Orleans, his aunts Gladys and Lillian in Hahnville, and a myriad of other cousins and friends. His trips were often scheduled around Mardi Gras. He enjoyed attending the parades and balls and was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the Elks Truck Parade and to ride on the Zulu Mardi Gras float. Mardi Gras was the perfect time for Morris to enjoy his love of jazz, zydeco, and dancing. He also reveled in giving Mardi Gras beads, coconuts and king cakes to family and friends. He made his final solo trip to Louisiana in January 2015 at age 87.
Morris was an exceptionally talented storyteller. All who knew him can recount at least one funny story that left them in stitches. He had an uncanny way of describing his life experiences, whether happy or sad, in a way that was engaging and humorous. His gift of laughter will live on in our hearts forever.
Those left to cherish the beautiful memories of Morris include his nieces and nephews, Erithe Smith, Pieper May, Byron Smith and Kevin Smith; his grandniece, Lauren May; and a host of loving cousins and friends in California, Louisiana and Texas.
The family of Morris J. Alexander would like to thank you for the many acts of loving-kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.
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