FORT WORTH-MORRIS L. BILLUPS beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, was the second child of six children on loan by God to the late Pauline and Alfonza Billups.
Born on May 8, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, October 22, 2020, the angels of the Lord came down to lead Morris to his eternal rest in the bosom of Jesus.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 2 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2020 at Brown Owens & Brumley’s Joe B. Brown Memorial Chapel.
Visitation: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, prior to service time, October 30, 2020 at the funeral home.
At an early age, he made a special decision to accept Christ as his personal Savior and became a longtime member of Shalom Baptist Church. He was educated in the Philadelphia public school system, graduating from Gratz High School in June of 1971. On July 4, 1976, Morris married Janie Johnson and from this union one daughter, Jammie was born. He was a devoted father who cherished his daughter.
On January 27, 1990, Morris married his best friend and sweetheart Bernice Edwards, and from this union two sons, Christopher and Maurice were born. He took great pride and joy in preparing and serving large holiday meals for his family and friends. He was known for his delicious turkey, greens and barbeque. Morris was such a great cook that we started calling him “Chef Billups”.
Twenty-six years of his working career was with Septa, starting with working in the track gain and ended working on the railroad. Throughout the Broad Street Subway line, he was affectionately known as “Cupcake” to his close friends and co-workers. He worked faithfully until he retired.
He enjoyed running and bowling until his accident. However, watching the Philadelphia home teams of the Eagles and the 76ers, gave him great pleasure. Morris was a people person, who really loved to talk and was known as a conversationalist extraordinaire. He also enjoyed traveling, going to the casino and watching his westerns.
His presence will be greatly missed by those who loved him, but we thank God for the years that he shared with us. We bid our goodbyes not in sorrow but in submission to the wisdom of the Almighty God who is too wise to err and too just to be unkind.
SURVIVORS: He leaves to cherish and embrace his memories; his loyal and devoted wife, Bernice; his children, Jammie (Todd), Christopher, and Maurice; two sisters, Kim (Jay) Spears of Charleston, South Carolina, Albertina (Alvin) Brown of North Carolina; three brothers, Alphonso Jr. (Joann) Billups of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Weldon (Veronica) Billups of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wayne (Tammy) Billups of Ashburn, Virginia; four aunts, Marie Mack of Hallandale, Florida, Dorothy Cain (the wife of the late Moses Cain) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mattie King and Viola Billups of Manning, South Carolina; three uncles, Johnnie (Mable) Billups of Manning, South Carolina, James (Fran) Billups of New York, Lawrence (Rita) Billups, Jr. of Hampton, Virginia and Margaret Cain (the wife of the late George Cain) of Manning, South Carolina; one granddaughter; Iyanna Yeliz Billups; three sisters-in-laws, Ruth Stewart, Edna Bynum and Elsie Hunt of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; five nephews, Jamar, Marcus, Andre, Ryan and Seth; one niece, Cherokee; and a host of cousins and many friends.
Miss Me-But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in gloom-filled rooms,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little–but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low;
Remember the love that we once shared
Miss me–but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take,
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends we know,
And busy your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me – but let me go.
Brown Owens & Brumley Family Funeral Home
425 S. Henderson St.