James "Jimmy" Morse Sr.
1938 - 2020
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James (Jimmy) Morse, 81, passed away peacefully on March 30, 2020 at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Jimmy was born in North Carolina and grew up in Tennessee, but was a resident of Poquoson for over 60 years.

He was a sheet metal worker at the Newport News Shipyard for many years. He then worked as a civilian building inspector at Langley Air Force Base. Following his retirement, he worked for SDC for several years as a part-time facility monitor in Bldg. 1268 at NASA Langley Research Center. After that, he worked part-time at Kings Mill Golf Course for several years.

Jimmy liked to stay busy. He loved to fish and started the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Bassmasters in the early 70's. He and his fishing buddy Dan created and patented a fishing lure called "The Jim Dandy". He loved to play golf and would go play with anyone who was willing to go. He loved going to yard sales and loved having his own garage sales. He enjoyed spending time at McDonald's with the morning coffee club crew. He loved to walk and could frequently be seen walking at various locations in Poquoson. "Pop Pop" loved spending time with his family and especially enjoyed family trips to Henderson, NC and Nags Head.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jeanette Ammons; parents, John and Mamie Morse; brothers Wayne and Leonard Morse; and sister Merita Morse.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean Morse, who lovingly devoted herself to caring for him when he was no longer able to care for himself; son, James (Bubba) Morse, Jr.; daughter, Julie Timmons (Chris); son-in-law, Roger Ammons; grandchildren, Diane Boothe (Jeremy), Jennifer Moore (Benjamin), Sean Timmons, Samantha Timmons, and Jessica Timmons; great-grandchildren, Lucas Boothe, Lauren Boothe, and Casey Moore; brother, Paul Morse, Sr.; sisters, Carol Whitley (Ken), Phyllis Thomas (Wayne), Teddy Rohrbach (Sterling), Violet Firth (Jim), Cindy Jenkins, and Gail Lesesne; and good friend and fishing buddy, Dan Morris.

The family would like to thank private caregivers Erica and Pam, and Riverside Hospice nurses Danielle and Heather, for their loving care and support over the last several years.

A private family burial was held at Emmaus Baptist Church, where Jimmy was a long-time member. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association or to Emmaus Baptist Church. Condolences to claytorrollins.com

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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 5, 2020.
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April 13, 2020
Stephen Wornom
April 6, 2020
So sorry to hear about your loss. You know that God and Jesus are in the best position to comfort us when we lose a loved one in death.
April 6, 2020
Jean and family,
So sorry to hear about Mr. Jimmy. He was a fixture of our Hunts Neck neighborhood for many years and he and Dad shared many a great day on the water, hauling in bass that later nourished our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Tommy Jordan
Tommy Jordan
April 5, 2020
Dear Jean,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My fond memory is of seeing you both at Farm Fresh most weeks before it closed for good. Only saw you ocassionally after that. I worked with Jimmy at Civil Engineering at Langley from 1988 to 1992.
Barbara Sampe
April 5, 2020
Jean and family,

I was so saddened to hear about Jimmy's passing. I will miss seeing you two out together. My thoughts are with you at this time.
Betty Adams
April 5, 2020
Florida Trip 1983
Dear Jean and loving Family, Jimmy will always be remembered.!!! This was a man who I hired as a fishing guide and only met two other times and asked me to go on a fishing trip to Florida with him and his brother for a week. Every bass fisherman dreams of going to Florida to catch a 10 lb plus Bass. Well Jimmy made that dream come true and then some. I caught a 12.2lb bass, made a true friend for life and an adopted family member. I will never forget the Thousands of Bass we caught through the years and all the home projects that were fixed. It was a very good ride and will never never be forgotten!!!
Dan Morris
April 4, 2020
Dear Jean and family, So sorry to hear about the loss of Jimmy, who we'll always remember for being so warm, fun, and caring. I recall how he'd find special ways to make Jean's Christmas birthday so special and I especially remember one when he tucked a gift inside of a birthday cake which she sliced into. With a knowing smile, she knew how loved she was. Jean, you were an angel to Jimmy and a true inspiration for us all. You exemplified how love is patient and kind. I'm sure Jimmy always sensed your unwavering love. Praying for you during this challenging time. Love, Bunny, Joe and family
Bunny Fitzpatrick
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