Edith "Tuffy" Morris
1948 - 2020
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Edith "Tuffy" Morris, 71, died peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Monday, May 4, 2020.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vasco F. Wetherington and Lucille S. Wetherington; and brother, James "Jim" Wetherington.
She was born on May 11, 1948, in Savannah. She grew up on Old Louisville Rd in Guyton and was the fourth child of Vasco F. Wetherington and Lucille S. Wetherington. She started her career in 1972 as an operator at Southern Bell and she soon earned a reputation as a fierce competitor. She was on the leading front of women in the telephone service. She validated her nickname "Tuffy" after completing the training as a "lineman" when no women were in that field. She worked as a "lineman," or linewoman" as they would be known today, until an accident ended her "linewoman" career.
After recovery and taking some time off, Tuffy decide to follow in her mother's footsteps in nursing. She attended Armstrong Atlantic State University where she received a degree as a registered nurse graduating in 1995. She worked many years at St Joseph's Hospital. She continued her nursing career at Effingham Hospital as a nurse and case worker.
When not nursing, she was a devoted member of the Pineora Baptist church. She split her time between the kitchen and helping with the children's church class. She was always there to lend a helping hand to those in need. She never met a stranger or never turned one in need away. She touched so many lives and made a difference in many.
She is survived by four children, Lisa Griner of Port Wentworth, William Morris Jr. of Guyton, John Morris of Savannah and David Morris of Guyton. She has three grandchildren, Trey Griner of Guyton, Emily Griner of Pooler and Victoria Stanley of Guyton. She is also survived by three great-grandchildren. Siblings, Claudette Jordan of Guyton, Leon Horton of Logansport, La., and Jean Hadwin of Hampton, S.C.
Graveside funeral services were conducted May 7, 2020, at Guyton Cemetery.
All CDC and social distancing requirements will be in place.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Home, Effingham Chapel. 754-6421

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Published in Effingham Herald from May 13 to May 19, 2020.
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May 5, 2020
Celebrating the life of a great lady; a dedicated nurse, mother and grandmother. Ms Edith touched our hearts and gave so much to this Effingham community. She would make meals for church and those in need and bring homemade jam for her friends and co-workers. These labors of love are what revealed her kind heart and generosity. Prayers for comfort and peace for her family, God's love and blessings to all who had the privilege of knowing Tuffy.
Katie Appleton
May 5, 2020
Tuffy and I went to the same school although she was in a younger grade. We worked together as telephone operators for Southern Bell. She was one of the strongest and most determined people I knew. I knew that I could always depend on her. So many memories.
Joyce Fort
May 5, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
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