HAMPDEN, Mass. - Edward Joseph Morris, 79, died Sunday, May 24, 2009 at his home. Services were conducted in Springfield, Mass. on Friday. The Rite of Committal and Burial will be Sunday, May 31, in Raleigh Memorial Park. A visiting hour will precede the burial on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Charles and Margaret (Geis) Morris. He worked as a marketing manager for IBM in North Carolina, retiring after completing more than 30 years of service. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean war, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.

Surviving: wife, Patricia (Burke) Morris; son, Edward J. Morris Jr. (Ginger) of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; daughter, Constance Ann Fiori of Raleigh; son, Charles M. Morris (Suzie) of Franklinton; daughter, Lynn Ann Clark (Tim) of Hampden, Mass; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimers Assoc., MA/NE Chapter, 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472.