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James (Jim) Ivey Morris Jr., 83, of Woodleaf, NC passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Mr. Morris Jr. was born in Cedartown, GA January 22, 1929 to the late James Ivey Morris, Sr. and Lula Pearl Morton.
James graduated from Greensboro Senior High School in Greensboro, NC in 1946 and graduated from North Carolina State College in Raleigh with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He went to work from Union Carbide at their Institute West Virginia Plant, where he worked for 10 years. He returned to NC to work at Fiber Industries in Salisbury, where he was employed for 17 years. He worked for Sandoz in Mt. Holly for 10 years. After retiring from Sandoz, he worked part time for the Census Bureau for 15 years.
He was with Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge. He was Past High Priest of Salisbury Chapter #20 (2002) of Royal Arch Masons and Past Commander of Salisbury Commander #13 of Knight Templar (2008), and was Current Principal Conductor of the Work of Adoniram Council #2 of Royal Select Masters. He was also secretary of Mecca Council of AMC. James also belonged to the Oasis Shriners, Shrine Radio Club, Rowan Shrine Club and Scottish Rites. He was a member of the Spencer Order of Eastern Star. He was in the National Guard for 7 ½ years. He was a very active volunteer at Rowan Helping Ministries (Salisbury and West). He was in the Milford Hill Lions, Cleveland Lions, Rowan Master Gardeners since 1997, and Toast Masters. He was a member of Rowan Amateur Radio Association, call sign KA4MPP is now a silent key. He was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church for 46 years where he served as Elder, Clerk of Session, and taught Sunday school. He was proud of doing aerobics for 22 years.
Mr. Morris Jr. was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Jack Morton Morris, and nephew, Joseph Perry Morris.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nona Lee Young Morris, Daughters; Ive Lee Morris Hutt (Rocky) and Tania Kelly Morris Keller Frazier (Steve), Granddaughters; Ellen Hutt Carter, Julia Hutt, Mary Hutt Botkins (Jason), Edith Hutt Onorato (PJ), and Anna Hutt, Grandsons; Zachary Keller and Michael Frazier, Great Grandsons; Benjamin Hutt, Caleb Oden, Ethan Carter, Rocco and Tony Onorato, Sister; Peggy Morris Dornseif in Lakeland, FL, four nieces and three nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Unity Presbyterian Church at 885 Woodleaf-Barber Road, Cleveland, NC 27013 on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 2:00 PM conducted by the Rev. Phil Hagen. A visitation will follow the service.
Memorials: In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church Capital Campaign Fund, P.O.Box 28, Woodleaf, NC 27054.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury, North Carolina is assisting the Morris family. Online condolences may be made to www.carolinacremation.com.