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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 (, 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.

Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory 702 Eighth Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 817-336-0345

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Published in The Friendswood Journal from Nov. 26 to Dec. 9, 2014.
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March 18, 2018
In Jody's youth he brought up the standard of being a good boyfriend as he dated my best friend. He was such a good guy even in his youth. I will forever be a Red Tape fan... Sadly the brightest lights go out quickly. Blessings to all who miss Jody.
Melissa Reid-Logan
November 28, 2014
Dear Anne,
Your friends and colleagues at CCPN are so sorry for your loss. We hold you and your family in our hearts and prayers.
Britt Nelson
November 28, 2014
I was deeply saddened by the news of your son, Jody's passing. My heart felt condolences to you and your family.
Ab Dreitzler
November 26, 2014
Anne and Heather,

Sahan and I were so terribly saddened by the news that Jody had passed. He was a wonderful guy and a great friend. He was always nice to us poor college kids and we enjoyed the times we spent with you all. My love to you both.
Sheryl Somathilake
November 26, 2014
Anne and Heather,
We are thinking of you and all the family with the loss of Jody.
Know he will be greatly missed, but well remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Jerry and Shirley
November 26, 2014
Dear James Morris,

I am so terribly sorry to hear of the loss of your son Jody. I cannot imagine how you must feel at this time.

I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies for you and your family and let you know that you have my support. Please call me at any time if you need to talk.

We are all thinking about you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. I hope that strength serves you now in your time of need.

We send you our prayers in this time of grief,

Javier Portos
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