James Ray Morphew

October 27, 1930July 18, 2020

James Ray Morphew was born on October 27, 1930 to LeRoy Morphew and Jessie Oran Ritchie Morphew in Dallas, TX. James passed away on July 18, 2020 in Forney, TX where he was a resident with his wife Maureen Singleton Morphew. Previously, James and Maureen were residents of Belton, TX for over 25 years and were owners of Lake Belton Cottages, a bed and breakfast.

James graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1949 in the Urbandale area of Dallas and attended and taught math classes at SMU. He served in the Air National Guard as a Crew Chief on P-51 Mustang aircraft. He was an Electronic Engineer early in his career moving into various engineer related positions over the years. He was responsible for several patents during his career and finally retired at the age of 85.

James loved his family and was devoted to his Christian faith. He loved gardening, building things, and teaching his children and grandchildren to fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents LeRoy and Jessie Morphew, sister Bonita Morphew McKeever, brother Gene Morphew, first wife Bobbie Jean Kimbrel Morphew and great-great granddaughter Laney Benjamin. He is survived by his wife Maureen Morphew, children Pamela K. Morphew, Mark A. Morphew and wife Cathy Morphew, Susan G. Morphew High and husband Bill High, Chadwick L. Morphew, Timothy L. Broyles and wife LaDonna Broyles, Elizabeth A. Broyles Adams and husband David Adams, David A. Broyles and wife Michelle Broyles, Robert C. Teague and wife Christie Teague, 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

James, Dad, Papa – the Man, the Myth, the Legend!

Graveside Services Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 9:00 AM at Grove Hill Memorial Park, 3920 Samuell Blvd., Dallas, TX 75228. Masks and social distancing required.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James' memory to the ALS association at


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, August 4, 2020


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Bill High

August 3, 2020

James Morphew was an amazing man. I am honored and blessed to have come into James life when he was in his early 60's. He was in the initial stages of building what would become Lake Belton Cottages. The initial building was a two story structure and somehow I was enlisted to help with the roofing. I thank God to this day I did not tumble off the roof. James, on the other hand, was walking all over the roof placing sheets of metal roofing and securing it. At that point, I knew he was a special man. The deck he designed, engineered and built is incredible and will be standing for eternity. It served as a place for family, friends and cottage guests to gather and build memories. And James had the camera ready to document those events.
is a link to some of those memories, plus other times in his life.

James, I will always remember the trips to Oscar's (he loved his food, especially dessert!) and taking all those pictures on that amazing deck. RIP James, I love you.

Andrea Moseley Bonecutter

August 2, 2020

James Morphew was my grandfather, but so much more than that to me. He was like
a father to me and taught me so many life lessons. He opened my first savings account for me and taught me about the importance of saving money. He took me on my first camping trip. He taught me about gardening. Most importantly, he taught me about Jesus. He was a God loving man and loved his family dearly. I am so lucky to have had him in my life.

Shanna High

July 31, 2020

Papa was kind, patient, loving and gentle. Some of my earliest memories are of him teaching me how to fish on Lake Belton. Every summer, I would eagerly count down the days until I got to spend the week at Papa and Grandmas house! I could not wait to fish, kayak and hike around the lake house with my sweet Papa. He would sit outside for hours with me waiting for a fish to bite! He never once got impatient when teaching me how to put an earthworm on the line. The first fish I ever caught, I was so excited, that he told me to bring it up to the house so grandma could grill it up for dinner! I think it made maybe half a taco worth of meat, but he was so proud of me. He instilled in me a love for the outdoors and an appreciation for the simple things.

I know Papa is now one of our guardian angels watching over us from heaven. I hope we can all learn to live each day with the kindness and enthusiasm that always radiated through Papa. He truly was, and always will be, the man, the myth, the legend! I love you more than words, Papa!

Callie High

July 30, 2020

Papa was always a loving grandpa. He would take my sister’s and I fishing, hiking, and on many fun adventures around Belton! One time Papa took my sisters, cousin and I to a fishing contest and we caught one of the biggest fish and won a pair of binoculars. He was such a fun person to be around and even though he was quite, he could make you feel loved every moment you were with him.

Jaycie High

July 28, 2020

Papa used to take us fishing and one time we found a frog. He let us take it home to show Grandma. In the car the frog got away from us and was hopping all around as we struggled to catch him. Luckily we did and we got to show Grandma!

Susan High

July 23, 2020

Dad was a very loving father, grandfather, great and great-great grandfather. He was gentle, patient and kind and loved the Lord God studying his word for understanding and clarity.

He provided guidance and comfort to me and many others and was a role model and mentor.

Favorite memory is dancing with dad at various family weddings and watching him dance with his granddaughters. So much fun!

Love you Dad, see you in Heaven.


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