Joseph Littleton Morrow
November 17, 1966 – September 18, 2021
This beautiful, but challenging and often inexplicable world lost one of its much needed good guys on Saturday, September 18, 2021. A fierce competitor in many arenas, cancer proved too strong and cruel of an opponent. Joe lost his six year battle quietly and bravely; reflective of his approach to life in general.
Joseph Littleton Morrow was born on November 17, 1966 in San Francisco to Joe and Demetra, a government appraiser and secretary, respectively. The Morrows moved “Joey” and younger sister, Helen to Knoxville, Tennessee when young Joe was five. Joe attended Cedar Bluff Elementary, Webb Middle School and Bearden High School where he played “The Big 3” sports for the Bulldogs, lettering in basketball and baseball multiple times and was voted “Most Athletic” in his senior class. Joe then became a Tennessee Volunteer where he was a proud member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Joe majored in Finance and graduated with honors but continued to be a truly focused student of all things athletic, attending the Vol’s games, and joyfully representing first his fraternity and later the “Wild Turkeys” in the intramural league in any and all types of sport. Joe also enjoyed serving up a cold draft beer on the nights he worked at Quarters Bar off the Strip and was partial to playing his “mixed tapes” featuring Kiss, Peter Frampton and many other popular College Rock sing-alongs for all to enjoy.
In 1989, Joe just missed out on a summer internship with the Chicago Stock Exchange which, he would go on to say, “was the only lucky loss of his life”. Instead, Joe traveled with a few close buddies out west where he met the two greatest loves of his life: Jeanie and Yellowstone National Park. Joe and Jeanie were wed two years later and went on to have a most successful thirty year marriage.
Like his father, Joe worked all his adult life as a real estate appraiser. He ran his own company and proudly provided for his family. A humble man, Joe would say his children, sons Will (24), John (21) and Ben (12) were his greatest achievements. Joe happily gave up his weekly tennis matches and fly fishing weekends to help coach his sons who, just like their dad, felt their best on a ball field or a court. Joe’s greatest memories are those spent throwing a ball at the local fields with his boys, skiing with his family and fishing with his sons, friends, and brother-in-law, Munsey. His ideal locations to do all things outdoors were Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks but the Smokys were always there to lovingly embrace Joe and his beloved small circle of family and friends.
Joe leaves behind his mother Demetra, sister Helen, her husband Chris Ruberg and their daughters, Tess and Lucy both of whom he was very proud. Joe also leaves his in- laws, Munsey and Jean Wheby to whom Joe was a cherished and loved son-in-law who always brought a calm word of reason to the loud and rambunctious Wheby clan. He leaves his brother and sister-in-law, Munsey and Katherine Wheby, his nieces, Campbell and Margaret who often shared they hoped to meet a boy “just like Uncle Joe” and his sister and brother-in-law Rose and Ralph Hollinshead and their sons Stephen and Henry who Joe loved and admired very much.
His own little family, Jeanie, Will, John and Ben will feel Joe’s loss tremendously, miss him terribly, but speak of him often with nothing but love and fondness as he was a committed and generous husband, selfless and devoted father, loving son and kind and patient brother.
Joe set a great example of determination and humiliation and exhibited a strong work ethic to which his entire extended family marveled and his children can only hope to aspire. Joe will join his father in the great beyond where they will, no doubt, continue into perpetuity their debate about Tennessee and Alabama athletics as theirs was truly a house divided.
Family funeral and burial to be officiated by Joe’s dear friend, Reverend Drew Prince. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Joe Morrow Memorial Fund at Knox Youth Sports, 5908 Lyons View Pike Knoxville, TN 37919. These gifts will be used at the Link- House Fields where Joe loved watching his boys play Vance League baseball.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Joseph Littleton Morrow
October 3, 2021
What an amazing tribute to Joe, he really was a great person. I remember him as always friendly and kind. Prayers to all for such an untimely loss. Glad he has 3 sons to carry on Joe’s talent and good nature and to be there to support their mother, grandparents and other family through such a difficult time.
William (Bill) Wilson
September 28, 2021
So sorry to hear of Joes passing. Knew him and his father for many years as I am a fellow real estate appraiser. Always enjoyed getting a call from Joe to ask me real estate standards or value questions, good guy and good appraiser. I will miss his calls. May he and his family be blessed an consoled and may he Rest In Peace.
September 23, 2021
Joe was a wonderful baseball friend with whom we spent countless hours totally absorbed in the pursuit of excellence. We praise his memory and extend our deepest condolences to his beautiful family. Michael, Amy, and Mike Fitzgerald
September 21, 2021
Dearest nephew Joe,
I am heartbroken to see you gone, you leave behind a legacy of love and comfort to your family and friends. May you find rest among the angels and saints in paradise.
May your memory be eternal,
Love Aunt Sylvia
September 20, 2021
I feel somewhat unworthy of putting my words out here as I am not a direct family member. However, like many of us who knew Joe, I am carrying an incredibly heavy heart right now. Joe was a tremendous father, husband and friend. He was incredibly involved with his boys sports and was proud of all of them.
For several years, I had the great honor to be involved with him coaching Will in baseball and subsequently watching our sons play basketball and football together in middle school. For many years, I couldn’t even begin my work week without a phone call discussion for an hour or so on Monday mornings. We both loved to review and live vicariously through our kids.
All of you Knoxville moms and dads who were there through the days of Knox Sox, KYS, Sacred Heart, and Bearden Middle School etc. , you know what I mean when I say how blessed we were to have such great relationships with our friends and other families. Jeannie, Joe and their boys were always in the mix and have always been so special to all of us. The Morrow family turns heads when they arrive because Jeannie is so sweet and kind. The boys are always smiling and know how to make us laugh. What a tremendous family.
When I think of Joe, I think of a ball park. Shades on, hat pulled down tight and wearing some type of hiking boots or birken stocks to remind us he had other interests. He had an exceptional mind for baseball. I feel confident in saying he had a lot of his old mans whit and charm.
Joe is someone who passed through my life that I will never forget. I hadn’t seen him in a while until a few years ago in the airport. It was late at night and we both were at McGhee Tyson waiting on our kids to fly in from college. It was like no time had past since I’d seen him last. He’s one of those guys that no matter what happened you knew he was in your corner. Joe also knew how to make me laugh. I appreciate so much that I got to experience his friendship. God Bless the Morrow Family.
September 20, 2021
Debbie and family
So shocked and saddened to hear news about Joey. Forwarded the news to David as he and Joey were part of the young crew that played together at Crestwood in the early ‘70s. Joe was always so proud of Joey and his grandsons and kept all of us at HUD apprised of their ball playing accomplishments. Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.
Bill and Vi McClister
September 20, 2021
My son worked with Joe and spoke so highly of him. He was a great mentor, friend, and support for Sam. I’m so sorry for the family’s loss. I hope the amazing legacy Joe leaves behind brings comfort to your hearts. Rhoni Speed
September 20, 2021
To cousin Joey,
I am sorry that you left this world to soon not to see your sons grow up and marry. I am sorry for Jeannie and your mother who wont see your face again. But know that you will be in paradise with your father and settle your rivalry between the Vols and the Tide. May your memory be eternal.
Your cousin Louie
September 19, 2021
We had the pleasure of living next door to the Morrows at one time. I have always admired their sweet and loving family. Envious of the house of boys with such loving, devoted parents. I've also admired their love and adorable marriage. What a loss of a great man. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers! And I know that you wonderful boys will take care of your Mom. Love to all, Paige