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James Morris, JOHNSON CITY

Published June 24th, 2013 10:15 pm

James Edward Morris, passed away at the age of 56, Wednesday evening, June 19, 2013 at his home in Johnson City.
A native of McMinn County and resident of Johnson City since 1989 and was a son of the late James M. Morris, and was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Hattie Baker Moss, and an uncle, Bennie P. Scruggs.
He was of the Baptist Faith, attended McMinn County High School where he played Basketball, later received his GED, and attended Tennessee State where he was on the Dean’s List.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. While in the army he did some boxing before he was medically discharged, and went on to do some boxing training in Knoxville.
Survivors: his mother, Patricia A. Morris of Athens; 1 daughter, Edwina Morris of Johnson City; 1 step-son Narvell “Kenny” McDermott of Johnson City; 2 brothers, Kenny Morris and Benny Morris both of New Haven, Connecticut; 2 sisters: Christine Cates, and Gloria Johnson all of Athens; former wife and close friend, Linda Morris of Johnson City; 3 other nephews, 3 nieces; 2 special cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, June 27, 2013 in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Wayne Morris, Rev. Vant Hardaway and Rev. Kenneth Scaife officiating.
Interment will follow in Hammonds Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Michael Cates, Narvell McDermott, Glenn Johnson, Morrow Mack, Nicholas Morris and Maury Ragland.
The family will receive friends from 12-2 PM Thursday in the funeral home. Those unable to attend may send condolences to
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens is in charge of the arrangements.