It's been said "There's no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service" That's a quote that Mr. Morris Dobbs, age 89, of Raiford, lived out during his life. He passed away peacefully on August 9, 2022, at North Florida Regional Hospital in Gainesville, after a sudden illness. Mr. Morris was born on June 19, 1933, in a shotgun house at the Raiford prison farm, to Marshall and Susan (Hurst) Dobbs. He was a lifelong resident of Raiford and attended the Raiford school and Lake Butler High School. His life of service started in 1950 when Mr. Morris enlisted in the United States
Army at the age of 17 where he would serve our country for two years and eventually becoming Union Counties last living combat veteran of the Korean War.
Shortly after returning home and searching for work he decided to re-enlist and serve another two years in the merchant marines. In 1954 he moved to Lakeland for a job with the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. The following year he returned home to marry the love of his life Ramona Roberts Dobbs taking her back to Lakeland with him then to California for a career with Santa Fe Railroad. Returning home in 1968 he and his wife Ramona built Dobbs service station in Raiford and opened for business the following year. They would own and operate Dobbs Exxon for over 30 years. In 1972, he was approached to run for school board, a position he would hold for 24 years. After taking a 2-year break, Mr. Morris decided to get back into politics and ran for county commissioner. He would serve for the next 16 years on the commission retiring in 2014. He was a member of the Raiford Lodge #82 for more than 50 years. He was a chartering member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Raiford. He is preceded in death by his parents Marshall and Susan (Hurst) Dobbs and his brothers, Julian and Marvin. Mr. Morris is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Ramona Dobbs of Raiford; his daughters, Monette (Buddy) Hosford of Lake City and Carmen Dobbs of Raiford; grandchildren, Nicole Shaw and Branden Dukes both of Lake Butler; great-grandchildren, Jaelen Watkins, Trinity Watkins, Alayna Watkins, Brennen Dukes, and Kaylin Taylor; one great-great grandchild, Spencer Williams; numerous extended families also survive.
A funeral to honor Mr. Morris’ life will be held on Saturday, August 13, at 11:00 am at his church, Fellowship Baptist Church in Raiford. The family will receive friends for a visitation beginning at 10:00 am at the church. He will be laid to rest with military and masonic rites at Sapp Cemetery immediately following the service. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Archer-Milton Funeral Home, Lake Butler. 386-496-2008. www.ArcherFuneralHome.com