James Lee Morris

29 October, 19487 July, 2021

CREVE COEUR ~ James Lee Morris, 72, of Creve Coeur, passed away at 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria.

Born October 29, 1948 in Hickman, Kentucky, he was the son of Elmer Lee and Dorothy Mae (Wyman) Morris. He married the love of his life, Dora Gibbs on October 30, 1969 in Tazewell County. She survives.

Also surviving are his three daughters, Angie Martens of North Carolina, Jacqueline Morris of Creve Coeur and Jami Morris of Minnesota; five grandchildren, Chanel, Ashley, Rhett, Katie and Tara; one great-grandchild, Wyatt; one brother, Terry Morris of North Carolina; and one sister, Sue Harper of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Peggy Oppe.

An outdoorsman, James enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, reading, watching movies, and painting. He cherished traveling with his family and his trips to Colorado and many different museums.

James enjoyed playing the guitar, mandolin and singing in the church choir. He loved sports and the Green Bay Packers. As his children grew up he coached their sports teams. He loved his dog, Trixie.

A gathering celebrating his life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Peoria Regional Chapter Autism Society of America, 507 East Armstrong Avenue, Peoria, Illinois 61603.

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Kathie Tarlton

8 July 2021

Very strange to see your obituary, Jimmy...just doesn’t seem real. You and I were buddies growing up, baseball, cars, seem to be at each other’s houses constantly. A lot of fun times and crazy things we did. I’m thankful your pain is no longer, but hard to realize you’re gone. I enjoyed our recent visits and reminiscing. Hugs to Dora and your girls, I’m here if you need anything.

Nikki Borgmann

8 July 2021

I remember calling him Jimbo... Hes my 2nd cousin. He will be missed!

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