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James Claudis Morris

February 13, 1936 April 11, 2010
James Claudis Morris
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Obituary for James Claudis Morris

JAMES CLAUDIS "RED" MORRIS, 74, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday April 11, 2010.
He was born February 13, 1936 to the late Benjamin Morris and Arra Long Morris. He was predeceased by his wife of fifty years, Eleanor Morris; brothers, Benjamin Morris, Jr. and Thomas Dolson Morris; sister, Dorothy Moore and great granddaughter, Mary Rosa.
He was a native of Rocky Mount where he graduated from Bevenue High School in 1954. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He played American Legion baseball in Rocky Mount and then he later was offered a scholarship to play baseball at East Carolina. He was a pitcher and third baseman. He played baseball at Fort Bragg while in the National Guard.
He was a 1958 graduate of East Carolina with degrees in Social Studies and Health and PE. He later received a degree for Drivers Education, allowing him the privilege to teach many Washington County residents to drive.
He met Eleanor Morris in 1958 while student teaching in Robersonville. They moved to Plymouth in 1959 where he taught for more than forty years. He was an amazingly kind man that loved people. He coached both youth and adult sports. He was a great instructor in many areas from coaching to repairing houses or just giving advice.
He along with his love, Eleanor, were avid PIRATES fans and donated to Athletic/Educational Scholarships, fed The ECU cheerleaders and traveled with the PIRATES for many years. Their PIRATE family was and is an amazing source of comfort.
He was a dedicated husband, Daddy, Pawpaw, fishing partner and friend. He put his heart and soul into everything he did whether it was supporting his ECU Pirates or sharing his knowledge.
He is survived by his two children, Jimmy, wife Liz, and Jakki, husband Mark; three grandchildren, Devon Morris, Summer Morris and Ashlee Sawyer; two great grandchildren, Sebastian and Lily Morris. Special nieces and nephews and fishing buddy/brother-in-law Bob Jzyk.
Funeral srevice will be Wednesday, April 14th at 3:00 pm at Maitland Funeral Home Plymouth, NC. Family will receive friends from 2:00 - 2:45 pm prior to funeral.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the ECU Educational Foundation or Community Hospice, 107 West Blvd., Williamston, NC 27892.
Arrangements are by Maitland Funeral Home, Plymouth.


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