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Jim L. Morris

Jim L. Morris, 66, Springfield, passed away at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 21, 2011 in Cox Medical Center South of an apparent heart attack.

He was born November 23, 1944 in Butler, Missouri, the son of Roy O. and Thelma B. (Cornell) Morris. He was united in marriage on October 29, 1983 to Lurenda L. Sivils Worley. He was preceded in death by his father.

Jim was a United States Navy Veteran serving as Radarman, 3rd Class during the Vietnam Era. He served on the USS Kitty Hawk in 1963 off the coast of Vietnam. He was a two time past president of the USS Kitty Hawk Association. He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W. and Sergeant in the Army Reserve.

He was a Master Mason and member of Gate of the Temple Lodge No. 422, the Scottish and York Rite bodies and Abou Ben Adhem Shrine where he was active in the Legion of Honor Unit.

Jim was also active in various other professional and social organizations including the Springfield Executive Breakfast Club where he was an eighteen year member; the Missouri Burglar & Fire Alarm Association where he was a two time past-president; the Southwest Missouri Burglar & Fire Alarm Association where he was currently president; past-president of the Southwest Kiwanis Club; a member of Elk's Lodge No. 409; and a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed motorcycling, feeding the birds, cooking, dancing, NASCAR and dove hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Rendy; three sons, Bryan Morris and wife Kelly, Battlefield; Jimmy Morris, Willard; Reid Worley and wife Jennifer, O'Fallon; his mother, Thelma Morris Wheatley, Butler; a sister, Sue Lockard and husband Gene, Butler; a sister-in-law, Pat Reed and husband Eddie, Shawnee, KS; eight grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and many, many friends.

Visitation will be held from 4:00- 6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 2011 with funeral services and Masonic services following at 6:00 p.m. in J.D. Lee and Sons Funeral Home, Rogersville.

Inurnment, with full military honors, will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2011 in Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

The family requests memorial donations to Shiners Hospitals for Children, c/o Abou Ben Adhem Shrine, 601 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO 65806, or the charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences and guest book signing may be made at www.jdleeandsons.com.




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December 26, 2011
Rendy, I just learned today of Jim's pasing. What a loss of a wonderful man. He will bedeaply missed by all. MJ Vance
December 2, 2011
When you did business with Jim, you gained a new friend. We were one of his first clients when he started his own business. Then years later, we became his insurance agent. We always loved a visit with Jim. A wonderful man! Our deepest sympathy.
Loren & Joyce McCammon
November 29, 2011
Rendy & family, So sorry to hear about Jim, we go back a long time, I would always look forward to our ITI trips knowing that I would get to spend time with Jim. He was such a easy person to talk to. You will be in our prayers.
Love,
Connie & Jack Higginbotham
Viginia
November 29, 2011
Dear Bryan, Kelly, and the entire Morris family, Our prayers go out to you at this time of mourning. Jim was a wonderful man with a contagious laugh and he will be so missed. If you need anything we are here.
Love,
Kanina and Doris
November 28, 2011
To all of the family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. The world will miss a true character.

Doug and Nida Willson
November 25, 2011
Rendy, I am so sorry to learn of the loss
of your husband. I know the overwhelming
pain and emptiness that goes with the loss of the love of your life. If I could, ever, be of any help please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. May God be with you and your family. Donna Hicks
Donna Hicks
November 25, 2011
Rendy,I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I know the pain and emptiness that is so much a part of losing the love of your life. If I could help, in any way, please call on me. You and your family are my prayers. Donna Hicks
Donna Hicks
November 25, 2011
May you sense God's strength and peace as you face this great loss in your life. He must have been a wonderful man and I know will be sorely missed. God Bless
Judy Glover
November 25, 2011
Bryan, Kelly Sue Sue & Family - We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Your Dad was truly larger than life & will be missed by so many. We're praying that God will comfort & carry you all through this difficult time.
Simon & Sarah Chavez
Sarah Chavez
November 25, 2011
Jim was one of the true "characters" in my life experience. I remember a Breakfast Club dinner at Clarys many years ago when he was "holding court" at my table. His observations on business topics was so invigorating that I grabbed a pen and started taking notes on a napkin. He will be truly mised.
Joe Horton
Joe Horton
November 25, 2011
Rendy, so sorry you are having to go through this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.
Angela Thompson
November 25, 2011
Rendy, You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Your friends are here for you, so please call on us when you need someone to talk or cry with. God is with you every step of the way. Judy & Donnis
Judy & Donnis
November 25, 2011
Rendy, I am holding you close in my heart.
God Bless, Jayne
Jayne Deam
November 25, 2011
My deepest condolences to the Morris family. Jim and I were on the Kitty Hawk 1962-1963.

Melvin Schlagel, RD3 USS Kitty Hawk CVA63
Melvin Schlagel
November 24, 2011
Bryan--so very sorry to hear of the passing of your father--my deepest sympathy..
Katie Mitchell
November 24, 2011
My condolences to the family,
Geoff Sweet (MM3)
Shipmate aboard the USS Kitty Hawk
Geoff Sweet
November 24, 2011
God Bless you Jim, may you rest in peace, God Bless to Rendy and the familly, my thoughts and prayers are with you all..... he will be so missed by so many, to the big teddy bear I will surely miss.....that windmill will keep spinning for you!!
Michelle Dostal
November 24, 2011
Jim was not only my best friend, but a great person. He was quick with a smile and a hearty laugh. He had a heart of gold and was quick to help someone in need. His presence was commanding, but never in an egotistical way. It was, "Here I am, I'm Jim, be my friend". He adored his wife Rendy and was a true and loyal friend. One of the highlights of my week was when Jim and I would ride to breakfast on our Harleys on Sunday mornings. Big guy, you will be sorely missed.
Jon Wessel
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