FORT WORTH -- Jody Brian Morris, 49, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: Should friends desire, memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to Yay4Life (yay4lifetexas.org), a charity set up after the death of a good friend to benefit families of cancer victims.
Jody was born June 1, 1965, in Georgetown to loving parents, James Morris and Ruth Dykes Morris. He grew up happily with his brothers, Cody and Toby, playing sports, hunting and fishing and riding motorcycles in what was later found to be a nuclear waste site. He played varsity football in Friendswood. He played percussion in the high school band and was a respected drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. After high school he worked with his father at Westinghouse Electric using his mechanical aptitude and perfectionist work ethic to repair massive engines. He left that job to work as a cardiac technician at Texas Children's Hospital and was soon running the treadmill lab. He became known for being able to convince even the most reluctant child to run on a treadmill, and the nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit often called to ask him to quiet an agitated baby by placing the baby on his magic shoulder. He met his wife of 20 years while working at Texas Children's. Anne Hackman was in training to be a pediatric cardiologist and occasionally had to admit that she knew less than him in the treadmill lab. But ONLY in the treadmill lab! Anne and Jody married in May 1995. He completed his college education at the University of South Alabama with a degree in anthropology. He worked while attending school as a contract archaeologist. In 1998, his world was turned upside down by the adoption of the most beautiful and intelligent baby in the world, Heather Jane Morris. He instantly dedicated his life to making sure that she had everything that she needed. She was the center of his life. Jody was at his best when helping someone in need, be it driving across Texas in a hurricane to deliver a generator or at the side of his family and friends during illness or crisis, he was a help and strength to everyone. He took a special interest in taking care of his grandmother, LuElle. Survivors: His wife of 20 years, Anne Hackman Morris; daughter, Heather Jane Morris; father, James Morris and wife, Alliece; mother, Ruth Morris; grandmother, LuElle Morris; siblings, Cody Morris, his wife, Sandy, and their son, Blake, Toby Morris, his wife, Julie, and children, Chris and Whitney; Anne's parents, Marvin and Jane Hackman; her brothers, Steve and his children, Emily, Tyler and Andrew, Mike, his wife, Maryann, and their children, Jack, Robin and Sammy; Dan, his wife, Carrie, and their children, Megan, Kristen and Justin.
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