James "Jim" Morris

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James Earl “Jim” Morris, age 57, of Robbins died at his home, Thursday, May 26, 2022.

A native of Forsyth County, Jim was the son of James Sr. and Jenny White Morris. He was a 1983 graduate of East Forsyth High School and  a 1988 graduate of Appalachian State University. He was a proud “Mountaineer.”

Jim was a dedicated teacher for 29 years, teaching at Tyro Middle, East Montgomery Middle, Westmoore Elementary, Highfalls Elementary, Elise Middle, North Moore High and West Pine Middle.   Coaching was a joy for Jim. He coached many recreation, middle school and high school sports.  As a coach, teacher, mentor, youth leader and friend, he impacted countless lives, both young and old. Jim was a faithful servant of the Lord at Smyrna United Methodist Church, as a Sunday school teacher, grounds committee, trustee, administrative council, “Santa” and beloved youth leader.   God blessed Jim with the talent of woodworking and he was a man who used that talent to glorify God.   Homes all across North Carolina have cabinets designed and built by Jim’s hands. Jim was BBQ Pit Master and he shared that gift with others.  Many people looked forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas meals that included Jim’s pork and/or turkey. Jim will be remembered for his faith, a strong work ethic, his friendly face, warm smile and  “BIG” personality.

Jim is survived by wife of 33 years  Kim Hussey Morris; sons: Lt. Levi James Morris and wife Maggie, Mason William Morris and wife Emily; grandson: Grayson; parents James Sr. and Jenny Morris; brother: Jonathan Morris (Luis); sister: Jennifer Sell (Scott); nephews: Cole and Jake Sell and many friends.

Memorial service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, May 29, 2022 at Smyrna United Methodist Church, with Dr. Jerome Smith and Reverend Farrell Hussey officiating.   The family will receive friends following the service in the Smyrna Family Life Center and at other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Smyrna United Methodist Youth, P O Box 1661, Robbins, NC 27325 and the Jim Morris Memorial CTE Scholarship, North Moore High School,  P O Box 9, Robbins, NC 27325.

Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Morris family.

Condolences online at www.pinesfunerals.com


Memorial Service: May 29, 2022 2:00 pm

Smyrna United Methodist Church
203 Smyrna Church Road
Robbins, NC 27325


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  1. Thinking of the family. You will be in our thoughts and prayers, Love Hank & Allison Craven

  2. Praying for all of you Kim, and for our whole community- a Great Man and Teacher gone to soon.

  3. Prayers for Kim, Levi, Mason and all the family. Big Jim held a very special place in our hearts!

    Chris, April, Ashlee, Nathaniel & Nickolas

  4. Kim, my prayers are with you and the family during this sad time and in the days ahead.

  5. Kim
    I am so sorry about the passing of you husband! Please know you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers now and the days to follow! I have always heard great things about your husband. God will give you the strength to get through this difficult time.
    With my deepest sympathy!
    Martha Oldham Kidd

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss! May God wrap his loving arms around you and your family in the days ahead. Praying for you and your family and friends!

  7. Kim, Levi, Mason and family,
    Our hearts are saddened to hear about Jim. He was such a blessing to all who knew him and he made such an impact on all those young people he taught. Praying for God’s comfort, strength and grace for you all now and the difficult days ahead. Love you all!🙏❤️🙏

  8. Kim, Jim is following all those lighthouses that we traveled too. He will be our light and footing on those breakwaters. All our adventures, he will join us. Prayers to you and the family. We love you. Teresa and David

  9. Love and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time Kim. May God hold your hand and give you strength.

  10. I am deeply saddened to hear of Jim’s passing.You and your family will be in my prayers.Not only a loss to family and friends but for our community.

  11. We are so saddened to hear this news! Everybody loved Jim. Ted has many good memories coaching with Jim, and my boys loved him as their coach and teacher. Prayers for you and your boys.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family during this time. May God give you comfort and peace.

  13. Sorry for your loss He truly was a great man and teacher you all are in our prayers and thoughts.

  14. The East Middle Family is heartbroken and devastated by Jim’s passing. He brought the best out of his students, players, and fellow teachers. His friendship was as big and strong as he was, and his gentle spirit and caring gave us all comfort. Rest well, Big Coachie. Love, comfort, and peace to you, Kim, Levi, Mason, and family.

    • From an East Middle parent, I can only say thanks. Jim Morris brightened the day for each of his students. His legacy will continue because of the life lessons he taught.

  15. So sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time.
    Brandon & Kelli LeGrand

  16. So sorry prayers for you all.

    Charlie & Teresa Northcutt

    Tasha Northcutt & James Craven

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. East Middle School was a better place because of Mr.Morris. Your family is in my prayers.

  18. My heart is broken for Kim and the boys. Jim was an extraordinary teacher who always had the right words to bring out the best in his students. He was so much more than a teacher to them. Teaching alongside him at Elise Middle School was always fun. He loved Kim and remember a time when he couldn’t get her on the phone. The kids were surprised by his worry and asked him why he was so concerned. His response was…in a very Big Jim M voice, “Because I love her!!” He will surely be missed by so many.
    Kim and boys, you will be in our prayers.
    Danny and Julia Brown

  19. Sending prayers of comfort to Kim, Levi, & Mason in their time of sorrow…. He was such an Awesome man!

  20. We are so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man and loved by all who knew him. It was a joy to work with him at Elise and we are so thankful for the beautiful cabinets he made for our house. Kim, we will be praying for you and Levi and Mason during the time of sorrow. He will be greatly missed.

  21. Kim, our family is a saddened by the news of Jim’s passing. We were all shocked! He was the best of the best! He taught all 6 of our children and he was at the top
    Of their list! Always a friendly smile, encouraging word and a Big you can do it on that baseball and football field!!! You are in our prayers. Prayers for comfort and peace!!

  22. We are sorry for your loss. You and your family are in prayers. Sometimes people are like angels. They leave a little bit of heaven where ever they go. May God bless you.

  23. Kim and family…my heart is broken to hear about Jim’s passing…he was a gentle giant in so many ways..sending my love and hugs to all the family❤️🙏

  24. He was a great man and will be missed by all- we love all the family and send our condolences- will be praying

  25. Kim, Levi and Mason,

    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Jim was a wonderful husband, father, teacher and friend. He will be so missed. Please let us know if there is anything you need. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. So sorry Kim, I know the pain and I’m so sorry just know we are thinking of you and the boys and I just pray that you feel gods love around you God bless you all, hugs

  27. Kim, Levi and Mason,

    We are so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was such a great person and friend. Jim never met us anywhere that he didn’t ask about our boys, and how they where doing. We all though so much of Jim he was such a likeable person and everyone that knew him enjoyed being around him. Remember that you are all in our thoughts and prayers, and if there’s anything we can do for you just let us know.

  28. Dear Kim, Levi and Mason, We are heartbroken!!! Our love and prayers are with you and your family now and in the months and weeks ahead.

    We love you!

    Pam & Arnold Hussey

  29. Mason so sorry for your loss! Nothing worse than losing your dad! My heart breaks for you!

  30. I loved Jim as much as my girl Wren did. She would find him daily when she would come to West Pine after her elementary day ended. He was always waiting to give her a Jolly Rancher and hang out with her for a bit. He was light and happiness and kindness.
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with your family.

  31. Our thoughts and prayers for you all at this difficult time. We have such fond positive memories of our teaching, recreation, and working together. May God give you comfort and peace. Love

  32. Jim was such a good man. He was a role model to my boys and to all the children he came in contact with at school and at church. He will be missed. Prayers for your family.

  33. Our hearts are broken alonecwith yours. Prayers for the Holy Comforter to be with you. Your friends . David and Peggy Scott

  34. Kim and family, I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Jim was a good man and will be missed by his community, as well as his family. I know you have many, many wonderful memories of him. Praying they offer you some consolation in the days to come. There are no words to lessen this sorrow. Strength and courage to you.

  35. I’m so very sorry for your loss of your husband and father! Mr.Morris he was a great person and wonderful teacher and friend I’m so heartbroken 😭. Y’all are in my thoughts and prayers…

  36. So sorry! Praying God will give you grace, peace, & comfort during this time. Love & Prayers, The Forrest Family

  37. Kim, Levi and Mason,
    Prayers for all of you and your family. Many fond memories of Jim. May God comfort each of you during this difficult time.
    Love, Jeff and Sarah Collins

  38. Kim I am so very sorry my friend. From the first time I met Jim I knew you had found the perfect partner for your adventures in life. I am saying prayers for you, the boys and the rest of your family. I love you.

  39. So sorry for your loss. Jim made a BIG impact on both my kids lives. I don’t know what may have happened to Larry if it had not been for Mr Morris keeping him in line and telling him he could do better and he had faith in him. He will be missed greatly.

  40. Kim, Levi, and Mason

    There are just no words. Jim was such an amazing man and a blessing and true inspiration to everyone he crossed paths with. We have so many fond memories of all the great times we have spent together over the years. I pray for comfort for you all through these next few weeks. God has him now and we’ll be praying for each of you. We love you all.

    The Martins

  41. My heart is absolutely broken. Jim Morris was one of the kindest, most generous, smartest, most talented person I’ve ever met. Heaven just gained an absolute superstar, and maybe that’s why he was called home so early. I can only hope to be half the husband, father, and person that you were. Thank you for your friendship and for being an unassuming role model to which I will always reflect upon to guide my own life. I would do anything to have one more beer with you. One day I hope I will. I will miss you my dear friend.

  42. Mr. Morris was a great man and teacher. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  43. Jim Morris we love you and our hearts are broken Gone way to early,, The earth will not be the same without you. Jim helped raise and influence so many of the youth and teach them about the power of the Lord. Heaven has gained one genuine man!!! We will always have the love he shared and the lessons he taught us in our hearts forever. We will meet again Jim Thank you Jim for always being there for my girls and us. Prayers for Kim Levi Mason Maggie Emily and family. Love to you all

  44. My condolences to the entire Morris Family. Praying peace and comfort to you all

  45. My daughter, Caroline Hilliard, said he was her favorite teacher at WPM. What she liked most were the “life lessons” he taught. He was caring and encouraging. Thank you for being a light to so many. Love and prayers for the family.

  46. Kim and family, so sorry to hear about Jim. May God wrap his arms around each of you.🙏

  47. Kim, Levi, Mason and family! I am so sorry! I loved Jim Morris and you all! I am blessed to have known such a great man, and many students have been made better adults because of him and his caring ways. He was a wonderful friend and colleague. He always had a caring smile and loved deeply. I think of him daily as I look at my beautiful cabinets his hands made for me! So thankful we talked with one another a week ago. Same jovial Jim! He will be missed by so many and especially you Kim. It has always been Jim and Kim! May God hold each of you deeply in his loving arms and we shall all be reunited with “Jim” in eternity! Love you all!
    Charlie, Brenda, Jerid and Katelin

  48. Kim and family, I am so very sorry to learn of Jim’s passing! You all are in my thoughts and prayers! Jim was loved by all who knew him!

  49. To all of Jim’s family. I was saddened to hear of Jim’s passing and I will be praying for all of you during this sad and difficult time in your life. I know that the Lord will strengthen and comfort you through the days ahead and my heart goes out to you.. Jo Shelton and family.

  50. We are so sorry for your loss Kim. Jim was such a positive and inspiring person.
    He made everyone he met feel good about themselves. He will be missed by his friends an community.
    We are out of town so will be unable to attend the service but will be with you in spirit.
    William, Lynne, and River

  51. I’m missing you already Big Bro. You were and still are, the BEST brother I could EVER have. I love you so much!

  52. “As long as we live, they too will live, for they now are a part of us, as we remember them.” Jim will never be forgotten because he lives in so many hearts of all those students, friends and family members he has touched through his lifetime. I consider it an honor that Kim and Jim entrusted Mason and Levi to me for so many adventures with FBLA. The candy he sold, the donated drinks for fundraising and his enthusiasm for the boys to travel will never leave my memories. Jim will be missed here on earth but I know he is celebrating in heaven. May that thought comfort you Kim, Levi, Mason and his beautiful “daughters” Maggie and Emily. He loved you all so much and that precious grandson! My prayers for strength for you all in the days to come. Love you!

  53. I’m very sorry for the loss! I have nice family memories from when I was younger… 🤍

  54. My heart goes out to the Morris family. Jim was a very special person. He will now be an awesome Angel among us. Special prayers will be said for your family.

  55. Jim, Jenny, Jonathan and all the Morris family, I am so sorry for your loss. From all I have read I know Our Lord has open arms for him. I pray for peace and wonderful reflection for all of you. I know that Our Father in Heaven will give you comfort!

  56. Patient, kind, warm, loving….. Jim was so much to so many. He touched our lives in ways we will never forget. Kim, wishing you strength and persistence and sending loving thoughts to you and the rest of the family.

  57. I remember you as Jimmy when you were a kid in the neighborhood. You was well mannered and behaved yourselfI am sorry for your parents and family. May God bless.

  58. I am so sad and sorry to hear this Jim was a always a great guy to me. I remember our last conversation clearly he always had a soft voice but was a true man. God bless his family at this time. What a great man.

  59. I remember the last time I spoke with Jim he was always so nice to me. He had a soft voice and people listened when he spoke. He will be missed dearly. God bless his family. Go rest high on that mountain my friend. Your work here is done.

  60. I’m so sorry for your loss, Mr. Morris (Jim) was an amazing, awesome teacher an mentor, I remember taking his class in middle school & all his classes in North Moore. I always looked forward to his class they we’re my favorite, he always made all activities exciting an always had a smile to brighten up our day. He will be missed. My thoughts an prayers to the family.

  61. Jim had such a positive impact on everyone that he encountered. I was blessed to have the opportunity to work side by side with him and Kim to introduce middle & high school students to careers in engineering and construction. His positive impact on our society will endure for many years to come. I pray that the God of grace and peace provide the family with comfort in the weeks and months to come.

  62. Jim Morris is truly one of the funniest and kindest people I have ever met. I was so fortunate to work with him at Elise Middle School. His students and coworkers adored him. I will never forget the time I found myself stranded during a lockdown drill in his classroom. Procedure required Mr. Morris, three of his students, and myself to quickly hide in a closet at the back of his very large classroom. Ten minutes later, we did not hear when the principal announced on the intercom that the lockdown was over. The five of us spent an additional thirty-five minutes (which seemed like two hours) in the closet. Mr. Morris and I were frantically whispering about whether or not the lockdown was real, and which one of us should be the one to go out and “check out” the situation. Eventually, we ever so gently opened the door, just enough to peer out into the empty classroom. Finally, he and I tiptoed far enough out until we could barely hear the Art teacher’s friendly voice next next door. She was just teaching away to her students! Jim picked up the phone and called her, only to be informed that the drill had ended thirty-five minutes earlier. 😆 To everyone who loved Jim, Psalm 56:8 says that God will collect every one of our tears. Each one is precious to Him because we are precious to Him. We know where Jim is right now, and he is happy! We will see him again!!! Kim, Levi, Mason, and family, I am praying for all of you!

  63. Mrs. Morris, I am deeply sorry about your lost. To your family and to you, I send my deepest condolences, I am too far to make it in such a short notice, but know that I send you all the love. I could write a brook on the impact Mr. Morris had in my life, yet it wouldn’t make it enough to compensate. It is thanks to his kindness and support that I pushed myself many times. Send you all the love, hugs and prayers all the way from Texas – yours truly and forever former student – Carmen Moreno

  64. Mr. Morris,
    The world is a much dimmer place without you in it. You brought the sunshine with you everywhere you went. My condolences to your family and thank you for making my life better! Love you always!

  65. Jim was one of a kind! He touched the lives of all who knew him. I am so thankful that I was one of those people!! Jim was my buddy at West Pine Middle School. I loved working across the hall from him because I would get to hear what was going on in his room and he would always make me laugh. In fact, I always wished that I could be a student in his class for a day so that I could experience it first hand. It is no wonder that so many students consider Jim to be one of their favorite teachers. I was so happy for him when he retired, but I really hated to see him go because I knew that I would miss him and that there would be a void. I always looked forward to catching up with him at Thanksgiving and Christmas when I would go to the school to pick up the amazingly yummy meat we ordered every year. This year I found out that he had become a grandpa!! What a proud and happy grandpa he was!! I enjoyed seeing all the pictures he shared with me, especially the one of him and Kim dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus with their grandson! I had never thought about it before, but Jim made the perfect Santa!! When I mentioned this to him, he invited me to skip the mall next year and get our annual family picture with Santa with him and Kim instead, which I was strongly considering. I will miss my friend. I will never forget what a special person he was and I know that he will continue to make me smile and laugh when I think about him for years to come. He made the world a brighter place! I pray for all those that loved Jim the most. May the Lord wrap his arms around you and may the wonderful memories of love and laughter bring peace to your heart and a smile to your face.

  66. We are sending our prayers and our deepest condolence to the Morris family. Jim was a wonderful Christian man, he always had that awesome smile. He reminder us of his wonderful grandfather Alfred White, we went to church together when he was a young mas at Walkertown Baptist Church in Walkertown I love him in our youth group. Seeking GOD loving grace to cover you all at this hard time

  67. Kim and family so sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great man gone too soon, know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. When times like this happens it shows we just don’t know what to expect day to day and don’t know what tomorrow holds.

    Teresa and David Smith your Maness Rd neighbors

  68. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kim, Levi, Mason and the rest of the family. Johnny and I are saddened for your family. May God’s peace surround you now and in the days to come. Love you

  69. Rest in heaven one of our Eagle classmate of 83. I was class of 81
    You were in between my brother Scott 82 and my brother Terry 84
    Fly high Eagle. We will meet in again in the Mansion in the sky.
    Prayers to your family. God wrap your arms around this family as they go through this difficult time.

  70. Kim,Levi,Mason and family,
    Kim and I give our deepest sympathies to you all in your loss of Jim. A good man who impacted many students and friends with his great smile, deep concern and a zest for life. Those who knew Jim knew him to always be positive and encouraging and pushing his students to go beyond their capabilities. I had the pleasure of working with him. He encouraged me many times to persevere and continue our mission at Westmoore. He and Kim were one in the same in their devotion to their students and to be commended. Jim will be missed but what a legacy he leaves behind. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  71. Kim,Levi,Mason and family,
    Kim and I give our deepest sympathies to you all in your loss of Jim. A good man who impacted many students and friends with his great smile, deep concern and a zest for life. Those who knew Jim knew him to always be positive and encouraging and pushing his students to go beyond their capabilities. I had the pleasure of working with him. He encouraged me many times to persevere and continue our mission at Westmoore. He and Kim were one in the same in their devotion to their students and to be commended.He was so proud and devoted to Kim ,Levi, and Mason. Jim will be missed but what a legacy he leaves behind. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. We love you. Bruce and Kim Williams

  72. Kim, Levi and Mason and family,

    I was so saddened to hear about Jim. He was one of the first people that I coached with at the high school level all those years ago, He was a great person and a good friend over the years. I will never forget all the conversations we had about so many topics over the years. He will be missed, but I am glad that I was able to call him a friend. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Chris Coble

  73. Kim so sorry for your loss. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.
    Jereme and Jennifer Garner

  74. Oh Kim, Levi and Mason,
    So saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. What a fine man and devout Christian. An amazing example of a life well lived for all those who knew him. Know that prayers are flowing in.

  75. You will be dearly missed by so many. Thank you for enriching the lives of so many children and families. Hard to believe ❤ Live and prayers to your family.

  76. So sorry to hear of Jim’s death. Kim, please know we are praying for you and your family.
    May God bless you.

  77. Kim, you have been on my mind and heart lately. I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. You and Jim were just “right” together. May God’s promises see you through until you meet again.

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