Mr. Edwin Eugene Morrison, affectionately known as "Uncle PoBoy" was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi on January 27, 1928 to Jerry and Mary Morrison. He ended his life's journey on March 29, 2018, at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and his only sister, Helen C. Johnson (also of Yazoo City), his son, and his favorite niece, Christine Fisher, Beverly A. Williams, and nephew, Anthony "Tony" Thomas, also of Yazoo City.
He received his formal education in the Yazoo City Public School and at an early age he joined St. Stephen's Methodist Church, where he remained a member and attended when he returned home. Later he relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where he was self-employed with Youngstown Sheer and Tube Company in Gary, Indiana. Edwin was the first African-American supervisor in the company and he received numerous awards for his service over his 32-year career. He retired in 1980.
In 1953, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and met and married his wife of 60 years, Beatrice Sharper. To this union, four children were born, and they moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1972. He was also the father of Linda Johnson of Warren, Ohio from an earlier marriage.
Edwin was a faithful and active member of Clifton United Methodist Church for 38 years. He served on numerous ministries which included: Youth Sunday School Teacher, Groundkeeper, Usher-Emeritus, Men's Choir, United Methodist Men's Organization, Foodshare Services, and Georgia Regional Hospital Volunteer. One of his proudest moments was in 2014 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for three decades of faithful service to Clifton United Methodist Church. Edwin was also the Vice-President of his homeowners association for a number of years.
He was a punctual and very task-oriented man with a great sense of humor. Edwin enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends. For many years, he traveled to attend Yazoo City Homeowners Club's reunions which allowed him to reconnect with friends and relatives. Edwin was always fashionably dressed and believed in keeping his vehicle up-dated and clean.
He was a true historian and shared his knowledge of African-American history freely. He took pride in mentoring young men and regularly emphasized to them that "your word is your bond." He always showed respect towards others, a very humble man that was not easily persuaded, and would stand his ground. He loved jazz and gospel music and enjoyed western movies. He was also a sports enthusiast with the L.A. Dodgers being his favorite team.
Edwin was an avid fisherman. When coming to Yazoo City, he was in search of a pond, lake or any body of water in search of "a good catch" with his favorite being Bream, Crappie, and of course Delta Catfish.
Funeral Services were held on April 6, 2018 at Clifton United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
Edwin "Uncle PoBoy" Morrison will be truly missed by his nieces who he loved dearly, Karen Luckett Ransom and Deborah Luckett Minor, from Yazoo City.