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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Published by News-Leader on Nov. 24, 2011.