History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

William Howard Morris began his funeral directing career in Bellbrook, Ohio in 1886. The Morris Funeral Home was incorporated in 1890. William and his wife, Lillie ( Austin) had owned a boarding house for carpetbaggers, and saw a need in the area for a reputable funeral home. The first location after Bellbrook was in the small town of Alpha, and then they moved to downtown Xenia for a short while. They later moved to Old Osborn, which has since become Fairborn.

William and Lillie had five sons, Austin, Warren, Art, John and James E. and one daughter, Katherine. All five sons were active in establishing a highly reputable and respected family business. William opened the Dayton location on East Third Street in 1905, and his grandson James R. Morris (Bob) built the Kettering location on E. Dorothy Lane, in 1974. In 1986 a 3,500 square foot, handicap accessible addition, with beautiful furnishings and stained glass windows to complement the existing Victorian home, was added to the Fairborn funeral home. Many renovations and updates have been made to each location, the most recent being a new addition to the Kettering funeral home. The whole front of the building was bumped out and a pitched roof was added to the entire building. The new addition has a ceiling height of about 23 feet. This added space has allowed us to incorporate a beautiful fireplace, additional sofas and side chairs, and large windows to allow natural light to filter the entire building, giving it a warm and homey atmosphere.

Our Valued Staff

James R.  Morris

James R. Morris, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer


Bob was born and raised in Fairborn, Ohio and graduated from Bath Township Exempted High School in 1950. He is the third generation of the Morris Sons Funeral Homes, one of the three children to James E. and Ruth (Ankeney) Morris. Bob is the Secretary Treasurer of Morris Sons Funeral Home, attended the University of Dayton and Miami University at Oxford, a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1955, member of the Majestic Lodge #405 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, Antioch Temple Shrine, Centerville Rod & Reel Club. He is a past member of Fairborn Rotary Club, American Business Men’s Club, Civaton Club, Dayton R.C. Model Boat Club, WORCS – West Ohio Radio Control Society. Bob is past President of the East Dayton Kiwanis Club and past Secretary Treasurer of the Greater Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association.

Dale R.  Morris

Dale R. Morris, President

Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Fourth Generation
Licensed Insurance Agent

Dale was raised in Dayton, Ohio and is the fourth generation of the Morris Sons Funeral Homes, third son to Bob and Nancy (Scott) Morris. He is a graduate of Stebbins High School Class of 1979, has a Bachelor’s Degree of Science at Wright State University, graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1984, is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, and a Licensed Insurance Agent. Dale is President of Morris Sons Funeral Home, past board member of the Greater Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association and the Downtown Fairborn Business Association. Dale enjoys golfing, fishing and boating at Norris Lake in Tennessee.

Lora J.  Morris

Lora J. Morris, Vice President

Licensed Funeral Director
Licensed Insurance Agent

Wife of Dale Morris, Lora is one of eight children and grew up in Dayton, Ohio attending St. Helen Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Wilbur Wright High School Class of 1980. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Wright State University and is a Licensed Funeral Director and Insurance Agent. Lora has served on the board of Greater Montgomery County Funeral Directors Association for many years and is currently serving as President.

Henrietta Neikov

Henrietta Neikov, Receptionist

Hank has been Receptionist at our Fairborn office since 2006. She was born in Fairborn, graduated from Fairborn High School and has lived in Fairborn most of her life. She began working as a civilian for the U.S. Army in Wildflecken, Germany and retired from the Air Force Audit Agency, WPAFB, in 2004. She has two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys sewing, cooking, reading and spending time with her family.

Melissa Walker Peel

Melissa Walker Peel, Admin

Melissa is the administrative assistant at the Kettering office. She has been married 25 years to the love of her life, Jeff. Melissa takes care of the many details required to serve our families, including composing and submitting obituary notices, filing death certificates, printing service merchandise, and offering full support to our funeral directors. Her experience has taught her to be a good listener for families during the most difficult times in life.