Funeral services for Roy Christian Marris will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in the Centennial Chapel of Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home and Crematory, conducted by Dr. Alton Fannin, pastor of First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park with the assistance of Christopher Marris, Alex Marris, Charlie Gilmore, Matt Gilmore, Michael Miller and Shawn Manning serving as pallbearers.
The son of Hale Gillette Marris and Lucille Anna (Kendrick) Bybee, Roy was born Feb. 24, 1938 at Ardmore and had lived here for the 81 years, 4 months and 17 days of his life, passing away July 11, 2019 in the local hospital.
Growing up Roy attended school at Ardmore, Springdale and Dickson. An employee of the City of Ardmore in the Street Department and later was an employee of Vickers and Total Refinery until his retirement. Following his retirement he was employed at First National Bank and Trust for a brief time.
Roy and Bonita Gail “Bonnie” Evans were married June 4, 1968 at Gainesville, Texas. They recently celebrated their fifty-first wedding anniversary. Theirs was a collaborative and caring relationship, based on mutual support and a deep love for each other.
Of Baptist faith, Roy was proud of his Mississippi Choctaw Native American heritage. His children, grand and great-grand children were the apple of his eye, he always supported their little league sports teams and enjoyed watching them participate. Roy always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. During his retirement he could often be found watching old westerns or sitting on the front porch feeding the squirrels. But more than anything he enjoyed spending quality time with family and friends.
Roy is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Marris of the home; three sons, Roy Don Marris and wife, Crystal, Steven Hale Marris and wife, Stephenie, Roy Marris, Jr. and wife, Lisa; his daughter, Lisa Gail Marris; ten grandchildren, Alex, Hunter, Brooklyn, Kaiden, Nickolas, Christopher, Haley, Taylor, Christian and Zachary; two great-grandchildren, Kylie and Daniel and nieces, Brenda Dabbs and Pam Gilmore.
Roy was preceded in death by his father, Hale Marris, his mother, Lucille Bybee and step-father, Logan Bybee, his brothers, Hale G. Marris, Jr. and Billy Ray Marris; and his son, Billy Ray Marris.
A time of visitation and support for family and friends has been set from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.