Morris Vaughn Pyle III

February 18, 1953December 25, 2016
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Morris Vaughn Pyle III was a brother, husband, father and grandfather born to Barbara Ryan and Morris Vaughn Pyle II on February 18th, 1953 in Houston, Texas. Morris, more affectionately known as “Mo” to those close to him, spent his formative years in Houston as a high school and collegiate student-athlete and received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Texas Southern University.

Upon graduation, Morris was hired by KHOU-TV in Houston as a photographer. For the next 30 years Mo would build a respected television news career, going on to win a News & Documentary Emmy Award for WSB-TV in Atlanta and eventually becoming Assistant News Director for the NBC news affiliate WFLA-TV in Tampa Bay.

He was an avid golfer, gun enthusiast, jazz enthusiast and member of the National Association of Black Journalist.

On January 31st, 1976, Morris married his high school sweetheart, Joyce Edwards. From this beautiful union came three children – Morris V. Pyle IV, Christena J. Pyle, and Shayla N. Pyle. Morris was a big hearted man who never met a stranger and treated everyone as a neighbor. He gave more than he took and believed that you can take and give only from an open hand connected to an open heart.

Morris was a perpetual student, voracious reader, and believed in the undeniable power of education. He taught as an adjust professor at Boston University, belonged to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and mentored countless young professionals.

Of his many accomplishments, Morris was most proud of the family and friends that loved and surrounded him. He believed that a heart is not only filled by how much it is loved but by how much love it gives. Morris was deeply loved and will be forever missed.

He is predeceased by his parents Barbara and Morris V. Pyle, II and is survived by his wife Joyce E. Pyle, son Morris V. Pyle, IV, daughters Christena J. Pyle and Shayla N. Pyle, brother Phillip Pyle and two grandchildren; Alexis Pyle and Morris V. Pyle, V.

The family will greet family and friends on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 p.m., both at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511 PH: 813.689.8121


  • Gathering Friday, December 30, 2016
  • Memorial Service Friday, December 30, 2016

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January 13, 2018

Not many pix of Pyle out in the wild, but this one taken by S. Degregorio @ a birthday celebration at WFLA does Morris well


January 13, 2018

Best boss I ever had @ WFLA. Old school news guy that paid his dues out on the street before perching up in the newsroom....yet still loved to get his hands dirty.

More importantly, there was a man with as big a heart & as level a head as there could ever be.....and that's where Morris rose head & shoulders above his peers.

I hope you "Pyle girls" continue to carry his torch throughout your lives, that would be a blessing for all the lives you will touch.

Barbara Cross-Scott

December 2, 2017

I attended Jack Yates high school in Houston, Tx with Morris and Joyce, Vaughn is what Joyce affectionately called him. I remember him playing football and Joyce, a cheerleader eagerly cheering him on. They were high school sweethearts and married soon after college. Morriss smile, friendliness and kindness will always be remembered. A gentle soul for those who knew him. God Bless the family and his soul rest peacefully.

Fred Rhodes

July 10, 2017

Word has just reached us that Mo Pyle has left us. No better friend and no better professional ever existed. We worked with him at KHOU-TV, Houston in the late 1970s. His friends at the KHOU-TV Alumni group on Facebook extend our deepest and most sincere condolences on his family's loss.

Charlotte Gordon

January 7, 2017

So shocked and saddened by Vaughn's passing. My deepest sympathy to you, Joyce, and your family. He was such a warm and kind person. I knew him when he was at UTEP (I'm Virginia's sister) and enjoyed his company whenever the family got together. God be with you. May your memories of Vaughn give you peace. Sincerely, Charlotte O'Neill Gordon

Lazette Jackson

December 30, 2016

Our mothers, Jeanette and Barb, were best friends, and we grew up close...running around hollering and being sent outside or to another room by Dear, beating each other at Chinese checkers and any other game we thought we had mastered----showing no mercy in hurrahing about who won. No mercy at all. We got into trouble more than a little bit listening to "grown folks" talk before learning to become invisible-quiet, so we could hear and learn all the "adult language" that could trip us from civil rights to the whose-"who" of life in 3rd Ward, Houston,Texas---faster than we could swallow the spit of staying still. We listened hard and learned "to keep in silence" cuss words, I have yet to truly master. Although both of us loved the sweet poetry and jazz of Alfred, Jr.'s visits, we traded nicknames like 'Watermelon Head', 'Cantaloupe Face', 'Banana Breath', and Butterball-Biscuit-Eater that echoed down school hallways always-always at a time when we thought the other would be embarrassed the most. We learned about politics, the truth behind the politics, conspiracy theories, books, art, Biggers and jazz and each and every thing that the other found "interesting", and shared. We called each other "cousins" because we didn't have another word that could encompass the complexities of all that history. We drifted, but I remember thinking more times than I would ever let you know that you were one of the "best humans" I'd be forever grateful to have known, and still I say to myself today, "Vaughn, we hardly knew ye." My heart and prayers go out to Joyce, Mo, Christena, Shayla and Phil, and all the others who love you! May their grief be brief, and their hearts full of the love you brought with you for them. Travel in the Light, Morris Vaughn Pyle, III. You are missed.

Joyce Lueders

December 30, 2016

I worked with Morris at WFLA-TV. He was always kind and generous with his time. He was a joy to work with and always willingly answered any question that I may have had about the technical side of the business. I missed him when he left the station. My heart and thoughts are with Joyce and their family. I know that in their hearts, love will live on and memories will bring them comfort. With deepest sympathy

December 30, 2016

What more can be said about this man than what's been written above "Morris was a big hearted man who never met a stranger and treated everyone as a neighbor. He gave more than he took and believed that you can take and give only from an open hand" That's the Morris that I know. He was a very dear friend to me. I know I am only one of many who will truly miss him. My heart and thoughts are with Joyce and their family. Dick Ade (The Villages, Florida)

December 30, 2016

I worked with Morris at WBZ TV in Boston. He understood what was needed on complex live events. As a crew chief putting equipment together to get the job done Morris was always behind me making sure I had what I needed. He was a great guy to work with. I was sorry to see him move on from WBZ and it saddens me to learn he has move on again. God bless.
Edward Dooks (Lexington, MA)

Anne Johnson Moultrie

December 29, 2016

I should have signed my earlier entry as Anne Johnson Moultrie (instead of Anne Moultrie) since Vaughn and his brother knew me as Anne Johnson.