Linda Gay Smith Morris

August 3, 1939January 10, 2021

Linda Gay Morris, age 81, of Jackson, passed away on January 10, 2021.

Linda Gay was born in Jackson on August 3, 1939 to the late Dr. Jack Edward Smith and Edith Nimmo Smith.  She graduated from Jackson High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  She also engaged in summer studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She was a teacher at Beech Bluff and later worked for the State of Tennessee as a Juvenile Court Probation Officer guided by the instruction of Jay Gaffeney and Judge Walter Baker Harris.  She was an avid equestrian and an accomplished aerobics instructor.

The family wishes to acknowledge her caregivers, whose tenderness was greatly appreciated.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Judge Joe Craven Morris.

She is survived by her three sons, Jack Colin Morris, John Cleve Morris, and Joseph Andrew Morris, as well as by her granddaughter, Ayla Margrete Morris.

A private graveside service will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Ridgecrest Cemetery.  A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 309 East Baltimore Street, Jackson, Tennessee 38301.


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summer newmann

January 21, 2021

Linda Gay was a phenomena lady......prayers to the family...

Dede Williams

January 14, 2021

Dear family,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet mother! She was a great lady full of life. I used to take her aerobic classes after college and she would kick our butts. She will be missed.
Prayers for all of you,
Dede Williams

Sharon Fraley-Coley

January 14, 2021

Deeply saddened of this news but many good memories working with Linda Gay at DOC. She was a very sweet lady and will be greatly missed! Prayers for the family!

Max Wilson

January 12, 2021

Dear Family ,
Holding you close in our prayers during your time of sorrow.
God's peace to you.
In Christ's Love,
Max and Diane Wilson