Morris Lani Broussard was born September 10, 1933, in Kaneohe, Hawaii to Morris Ural and Belle Butler. Morris and his wife Evelyn, now deceased, were members of Calvary Baptist Temple. They were proud parents of one son, Thomas (Tommy) Lani Broussard, now deceased and one daughter, Lynda Broussard Jones (husband Glenn). They were grandparents to two grandchildren, Meghan Jones Newell (husband Daniel) and J. Blake Jones. Morris was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Morris was a United States Air Force veteran having served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Presidential Award and the National Defense Service Medal with one Battle Service Star. While serving in Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star Medal. TSgt Broussard retired from active service as a recruiter and in 1972, earned the Top Recruiter Award from the Air Force. He later retired from civil service as a housing inspector at Hunter Army Airfield.
Morris received the Outstanding Service Award from the Chatham Association for Mentally Challenged for his efforts in funding and building the first 6 group homes in the Savannah area. He was a strong advocate for community service having been a member of the Southside Lions Club where he served as a Past President. As a member of the Savannah Jaycees, he received the Presidential Award in 1966 and the Key Man Award in 1967.
Morris was raised a Master Mason in Solomon’s Lodge #1, F&AM on April 2, 1963, and served as Master in 1980. He joined the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite in 1964, was invested with the Rank & Decoration of Knight Commander Court of Honor in 1987. He was coroneted a Thirty-Third Inspector General Honorary in 1997. Morris was also a member of the York Rite Bodies of Savannah and the Alee Shrine where he served as Past President of the Ritualistic Divan.
Morris was a superb ritualist and worked in several degrees of the Scottish Rite, most notably the Fifteenth as King Cyrus. He performed as Inspirator in the First Section at the Shrine. He won awards for several years in competition at the Southeastern Shrine Convention. Morris served as President of the Ritual Cast Association as well as Secretary for several years afterward. He served as Impresario for Savannah Court No. 134, ROJ and was granted Emeritus status for twenty-seven years of loyal and distinguished service. He was active in the National Sojourners, Savannah Chapter No. 502, serving as President and Secretary. Masons such as Morris, devoted to duty and honor, are very rare and we are so fortunate to have known and worked beside him for so many years.