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James Morris

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James Isaac Morris, 86, of Houston, TX passed away in the presence of his devoted daughter, Dinah Myers, on June 2, 2011. Jim was born on December 22, 1924 on a farm in Glen Elder, KS, to Albert James Morris and Faye Electa Woolman Morris. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Ann Morris of Houston, TX and Dinah Kay Myers of Katy, TX, grandson Paul Myers of Katy, granddaughter Lacey Dahse (husband Chris) and great grandchild Noah Dahse, all of Kerrville, TX, sister June Rosalie Morris Golden of Topeka, KS, sister-in-law Bette Jo Smith Morris of Littleton, CO, many nieces and nephews, and close family friend Dobie Oroz of Houston, who loved Jim like a grandfather. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, Joe Ann Morris, his parents, brother Joe Welden Morris, and brother-in-law Lewis Austin Golden.
Upon graduation from Beloit, KS High School in 1942, Jim enlisted in the Marines, serving in WWII in the South Pacific until 1945. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in accounting. There, he met and fell in love with Joe Ann Oyler, "a beautiful woman with long, flowing red hair". They were married on September 4, 1948 in Pawhuska, OK. Following graduation, Jim joined Loffland Bros. in 1950 and was transferred to Maracaibo, Venezuela, where he and Joe Ann spent 11 wonderful years together and began their family with the births of Pam and Dinah. While In Venezuela, Jim accepted employment with Delta Drilling in Caracas, ultimately as General Manager of South American operations, until his transfer back to the U.S. in 1962. During a brief stint on the west coast, Jim entered the file folder business through an association with Bob Thompson, where upon he moved with his family to Houston in 1963 and established Thompson Paper Products. With an unparalleled work ethic and a can-do attitude, Jim spent the next 30 years building Thompson Paper into a very successful small business before selling the Company to his family and retiring in 1993.
Jim, more affectionately known as "Boppa" to his grandchildren, was a gentle spirit and loved to be with family and friends. Because of his great sense of humor, Jim had a unique ability to make everything fun and interesting. Always a gentleman, Jim took a keen interest in others, making them feel special and wanting to learn everything he could from his "unpaid advisors". Jim was also a teacher at heart and was always willing to pass on his wealth of knowledge to others. Among all of Jim's successes, the most important decision he made in his life came at the age of 82 years. Following the death of Joe Ann, a devout Christian, Jim experienced a grief he had never known and, as a result, began to open his heart to hearing about the Lord. Through the ensuing months and the strong witness of his family, Jim accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in 2007 and, along with his grandson Paul and close friend Dobie, was baptized by Reverend Alex Kennedy in a touching ceremony surrounded by Jim's loved ones. While his family and friends loved him dearly and will miss him deeply, they rejoice in the knowledge that Jim is at home with the Lord and Joe Ann for eternity.
A Memorial Service will be held for James Isaac Morris on Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Kingsland Baptist Church, 20555 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX, with Reverend Alex Kennedy officiating. Interment will be at Katy Magnolia Cemetery, Katy, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the , either by mail at , P.O. Box 960111, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011 or online at www.alz.org.

Published in Houston Chronicle on June 9, 2011
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