OBITUARY

Jimmy L. Morrison

January 24, 1942April 3, 2021
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Jimmy L. Morrison passed away peacefully on April 3, 2021 at his home surrounded by his wife, Sally, and daughters, Sara, Julie and Joy. Born in Opp, Alabama on January 24, 1942, Jimmy is the son of the late Martha Odell and Jeff D. Morrison. He graduated from Pascagoula High School and continued his education at Mississippi College, earning a degree in History. For a short time, Jimmy taught History at Chastain Junior High School, and it was there that he met Sara Holden Gordon (Sally). After their marriage in 1967, Jimmy and Sally began their lives together on Colonial Circle in Jackson, MS, where they were members of Colonial Heights Baptist Church. After teaching, Jimmy worked in admissions at Mississippi College and Belhaven College, and in 1982, he began a career in finance, insurance, and investments. Jimmy loved working with people and found great joy in helping them prepare for retirement. He always shared his faith and always had an open ear for clients, colleagues, and family. His colleagues once gave him a plaque that read, “Your help can be the beginning of hope,” and Jimmy took that motto to heart and lived by those words. He also loved working with his hands and in 1987 helped build their family home in Madison, MS. Jimmy was an active member of his church, First Baptist Madison, serving as a deacon, choir member and Sunday school teacher. Faith, family, and friends were of utmost importance to Jimmy. He touched many lives and will be dearly missed.

Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents and his nephew, Scott Morrison of Vancleave, MS. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally Morrison, and their three daughters: Sara Watson (Paul) of Canton, MS; Julie Campbell of Phoenix, AZ; Joy Blake (Thomas) of Rochester, NY. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren who adore their Poppy: Mackenzie Pyron and J.D. Watson, Ava Grace Campbell, and Townes and Birdie Blake. He is also survived by his loving siblings: Betty Thomas of Zachary, LA; Dr. Jeffery Morrison of Vancleave, MS; Jenell Hilton of Mendenhall, MS; and June Munn of Zachary, LA.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Tammy Young for her compassionate care during the past year; and special thanks to Andrea Robinson and April Jordan of Baptist Hospice during his last days.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at First Baptist Church of Madison from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The funeral service celebrating his life will be at 11:00 a.m. at the church with graveside service immediately following at Parkway Memorial in Ridgeland, MS.

In honor of Jimmy’s love of the Lord and in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to First Baptist Church of Madison: 2100 Main Street, Madison, MS 39110 or to Mississippi College: 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056.

Please visit www.parkwayfuneralhomeridgeland.com for online guest book.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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Fred Anglin

April 7, 2021

Jimmy and I have known each other since our childhood in Pascagoula...
When I saw this obituary I was stunned...to his family I’m sending prayers...I’m loss for words...he will be missed....

Zoe Brumfield

April 7, 2021

I am honored to pay my bagpipes at the graveside service today. May God's peace provide comfort to his friends and family during this time of deep loss.

Bobby Hood

April 7, 2021

My first recollection of contact with Jimmy was in the Senior Adult Choir at FBC, Madison. He was quiet with a winning smile. He readily engaged in conversation. It wasn't long before we had shared a memory or two from his years of growing up with my wife Sue Bates Hood in the Eastlawn Baptist Church of Pascagoula, MS. Seems he was riding on the front fender of a car she was driving and barely escaped injury by jumping off just before she hit another car. She said he was blocking her vision! Funny. I am saddened by his homegoing, not for him, but us--he will be greatly missed.

April Jordan

April 6, 2021

My dear Mr. Morrison. I liked you at Hello. I’ve so enjoyed taking care of you. I know heaven has gained a wonderfully brilliant angel. I will truly miss you.

Ford Bailey

April 6, 2021

I had the pleasure of serving with Jimmy on the Board of Trustees for Madison Ridgeland Academy in the mid-90s. He was Vice-President of the Board . He provided strong leadership to the Board during a difficult period of transition for the school. The school made some major decisions during his term and has grown tremendously since that time with improvements in all areas of student life. It now has a strong Christian emphasis, including daily devotions, regular Chapel and a Bible curriculum from kindergarten through high school. Jimmy Morrison deserves credit for helping make this happen. He was a Godly man placed in the right place at the right time.

George Wilkerson

April 6, 2021

Jimmy was the permanent president of our high school class of 1960 Pascagoula.
He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Our class held reunions organized by Jimmy.
He was a wonderful person and friend.
He will be missed.
Deepest condolences to the family.

George Houston

April 6, 2021

August 1960 I met Jimmy Morrison as we both began our Freshman year @ Mississippi College. Our friendship began & has continued over 60 years. We have communicated regularly via text which has kept our relationship current. He has been as good natured as any person I have ever met—consistently positive & encouraging. His departure leaves a void, one that cannot & will not be filled by any other. But my memories of this wonderful friend, this gifted man, endure.

Larry Patterson

April 6, 2021

Jimmy was a prince of a man!!

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