(Jan. 7, 2013)
Augustus Morris of Madisonville, went to be with our Lord on
Monday, Jan. 7 at U.T. Medical Center with his devoted wife who refused to
leave his bed side throughout a long hospital stay. In his final moments he looked at her and said "I love you"
and slipped away. The son of the
late John and Mary E. Morris of Alabama, he was a decorated combat veteran of
both the Korean and Vietnam wars as well as a member of the Military Order of
the Purple Heart. He was of the Baptist faith and had made his peace with the
Lord many years ago. He was a loving loyal and devoted husband, father,
grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle. He always will be remembered for his
humorous personality, his generous spirit and love for children and those in
need. He never met a stranger and loved kidding around. Everyone he met always
had kind and loving things to say about him. To his immediate family he always
remained a force of strength and encouragement and was never one to show
weakness. However, the ones closest to him knew how sensitive his big generous
heart could be even when he tried to hide his pain or disappointment. He also took comfort that knowing
when his passing came he would be with our Lord and reunited with his son Johnny
A. Morris who passed away in August, 2004. Mr. Morris felt especially
responsible for those who were his immediately family and was truly a fighter
until the very end. He always said that his love for his wife Thelma was not
"until death do us part" but a love that would last throughout eternity.
He was 74.
Survivors include: wife of 53 years-Thelma Christine Morris;
Daughters and son-in-law-Samantha Hatfield of Vonore; and
Donna and Rodney Ray of Niota;
Grandchildren-Nicholas and Heather Hatfield, Mollie Morris
and spouse, Dillon Womac of Athens;
Great-grandson-Tristan Jace Womac, lovingly known as "Papa
baby." Tristan truly was a gift sent from heaven and he brought great joy to the last six
months of Mr. Morris's life and even at the last few weeks when barely able to
speak would try to tell everyone about
Sisters-in-law-Faye Pearson and Ruby Hull, both of
A devoted nephew (whom he loved like his own son)-Russell
Prater of Madisonville;
Step-grandchildren-Jeraldine and Ryan Ray of Ten Mile; Nikki
and Warren Cooper of Georgia.
Due to their undying love and complete devotion for one
another, it was their wish that he be cremated and upon her demise her ashes
would be joined with his and then be buried beside their son, Johnny. There
will be no viewing or ceremony for Mr. Morris, who even to the end didn't want
to "take folks away from their work or families." In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in
Memphis in his memory. The family
thanks everyone for their prayers and words of encouragement and asks that you
continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
"Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you." I Peter 5:7.
Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home, Madisonville.