Donald “Donnie” Morris

Donald “Donnie” Morris, 74, entered into unexpected glory with his Heavenly Father on Friday, November 24, 2023, at home in Newport News, VA. He was born June 7, 1949, to John Gerald and Anna Bernice (Brizendine) Morris in Warwick, Virginia. Donnie was a lifelong native of Newport News and graduated from the former Newport News High School and went on to graduate from the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Walter “Bud” Campbell.

Donnie is survived by his wife, Tammie (Gilliam) Morris; daughters, Lissa Morris, Lindsay Enzor (Wayne), Jessica Barnes (Cory); sister, Barbara Morris Campbell; brothers, Jerry (Cheryl) and Eddie (Pam) Morris; granddaughters, Destiny Jacqueline Morris, Kaylynn “Tink” Ann Barnes, and Clara “Toot” Virginia Enzor; great-grandson Sidney Axel Holley; and numerous other cherished loved ones to include brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces. Donnie was employed full-time with the Newport News Shipbuilding, where he spent over 41 years achieving Master Shipbuilder recognition in 2022. He was a devoted member of Menchville Baptist Church, volunteering in numerous ways to support the gospel’s spread. He spent his youth and young adult years playing baseball, softball, and umpiring. Donnie was an avid bowler for many years. He loved Christian music and spent much of his free time traveling to various concerts with his loved ones. Donnie loved to travel, tease anyone who would let him, study God’s Holy Word, and ask intriguing questions. But most importantly, he loved others so well.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Menchville Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at Peninsula Funeral Home from 6-7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at Menchville Baptist Church on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, with a graveside burial at 1:00 p.m. at Peninsula Memorial Park. There will be a fellowship for friends and family at Menchville Baptist Church following the graveside service.


  1. Jim Owens

    Oh my, I just tried to call Donnie Monday at the shipyard but there was no answer. He will be truly missed by myself and others. He was a good friend who would check in on me every once in a while, especially after I lost my wife. My prayers are with his family and other friends to remember the good times we all had with him. May the good Lord take care of him.

  2. Jim Owens

    He will be surely missed by many including myself. He was a fellow shipbuilder but more of a special friend and mentor. God bless the family and friends sharing the lost.

  3. Betty Talbott

    Tammie, although I can’t be there in person you all are in my thoughts and prayers!! Rest in peace my dear friend, you are loved and will be missed Sincerely, Betty&Pinky

  4. Jay Barth

    Donnie was such a great friend and fellow Shipbuilding who I will miss our almost daily phone calls. I am so sorry to hear pf his passing and will keep the family in my prayers. Oh to see him again one day in Glory!

    God bless the family.

    Jay Barth & family

  5. Sherry Jeffries

    Thank you for being the best Uncle a girl could have, you were always my go to person. A special thank you for being there helping me with Mom. I am going to miss my morning call “What are you doing”. Attending all those Christian concerts. I will miss you 💔 until I see you again. RIP

    Love you
    Sherry (Niece)

  6. Bill Wallace

    So sorry to learn of Donnie’s passing. I worked with him for many years in the shipyard when he was in the foundry and I was in subcontracting. I remember back in the 90’s we would kid each other all the time because he was a Lorrie Morgan fan, and I was Reba McIntyre fan. My best memories though, are of the many times I faced off against him in softball. He was a good man and I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone. He will be missed.

  7. Robert Bondurant

    Tammie, Robert and I just got word tonight of Donnie’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss. We send our deepest sympathy and our love. Robert and Peggy

  8. Amy Kittrell

    Tammie, I am so sorry for your loss. He looked like a person who genuinely enjoyed life and has the joy of the Lord in his heart!
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Amy Kittrell

  9. Joseph Corbett

    What a great guy, always smiling with a kind word. It was a pleasure to have known him. My sincere condolences to Donnie’s family whom he dearly loved.

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