In memory of
Rev. Dr. James Morris
In memory of
Rev. Dr. James Morris
Reverend Dr. James William Morris, S.T.M, DM, 89, passed away on June 3, 2020. Born in Smoke Run, PA, son of the late Raymond L. & Helen L. (Twigg) Morris. His beloved wife Betty Jane (Wagner), his son Joel David, and brothers; Jay and Bob, preceded him in death. He attended Hollidaysburg High School, Susquehanna University, & Lancaster Theological Seminary where he received his Doctorate in Ministry education. Pastor Morris, ordained in 1950, served the following churches: Allenwood-Elimsport Methodist, Fulton Circuit Methodist, Ross Street Methodist Lancaster, Grove Methodist West Chester, St. John's U.C.C. Shamokin, & Colonial Park United Church of Christ Harrisburg. He served Interim Ministry in Upper Montclair, NJ, Binghamton, NY, York, PA, and Myerstown, PA. His devout career and leadership led to him becoming Interim Associate Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ Penn Central Conference. Before his ministry, he taught high school and wrote sports columns for local newspapers. Always an avid sports fan, he religiously followed and supported many sports programs. He held Penn State Football season tickets for thirty-five years. He ran marathons, belonged to the National Campers & Hikers Association, organized youth group camping/canoe trips, and led treks traversing Mt.Washington & the Great Smokey Mts. He directed and supported outdoor ministry for Hartman Center Church Camps of the UCC Penn Central Conference. His other passion was supporting human and civil rights; participating in peaceful protest marches promoting equality, desegregation, and education. He marched in 1963, at the Washington D. C. National Mall rally and was present for the MLK, "I have a Dream Speech". He is a 50-year member of the Freemasonry fraternity and served as Past Master, West Chester Masonic Lodge #322. James is survived by daughters Beth and Betsy. He was the number one loving fan of his grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Thomas, & Nathan. He has three great grands, Grayson, Kaiden James, & Briar. He will be greatly missed by his sister Mary Lou and brother Raymond Jr., two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration will be held at the Colonial Park UCC, Harrisburg, 10/1/20. A family committal service at Salem Church, Selinsgrove will be held on 10/2/20. Memorial donations can be made to; Hartman Center Outdoor Ministry; 5725 Old US Hwy 322 Milroy, PA 17063, , Brian Morden foundation for child cancer research@ , or Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, enriching lives with wellness opportunities; P. O. Box 304 Franconia, NH 03580. . Arrangements are by the Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Harrisburg. Online Condolences may be left at www.hooverfuneralhome.com . www.pennlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Rev. Dr. James Morris
Reverend Dr. James William Morris, S.T.M, DM, 89, passed away on June 3, 2020. Born in Smoke Run, PA, son of the late Raymond L. & Helen L. (Twigg) Morris. His beloved wife Betty Jane (Wagner), his son Joel David, and brothers; Jay and Bob, preceded him in death. He attended Hollidaysburg High School, Susquehanna University, & Lancaster Theological Seminary where he received his Doctorate in Ministry education. Pastor Morris, ordained in 1950, served the following churches: Allenwood-Elimsport Methodist, Fulton Circuit Methodist, Ross Street Methodist Lancaster, Grove Methodist West Chester, St. John's U.C.C. Shamokin, & Colonial Park United Church of Christ Harrisburg. He served Interim Ministry in Upper Montclair, NJ, Binghamton, NY, York, PA, and Myerstown, PA. His devout career and leadership led to him becoming Interim Associate Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ Penn Central Conference. Before his ministry, he taught high school and wrote sports columns for local newspapers. Always an avid sports fan, he religiously followed and supported many sports programs. He held Penn State Football season tickets for thirty-five years. He ran marathons, belonged to the National Campers & Hikers Association, organized youth group camping/canoe trips, and led treks traversing Mt.Washington & the Great Smokey Mts. He directed and supported outdoor ministry for Hartman Center Church Camps of the UCC Penn Central Conference. His other passion was supporting human and civil rights; participating in peaceful protest marches promoting equality, desegregation, and education. He marched in 1963, at the Washington D. C. National Mall rally and was present for the MLK, "I have a Dream Speech". He is a 50-year member of the Freemasonry fraternity and served as Past Master, West Chester Masonic Lodge #322. James is survived by daughters Beth and Betsy. He was the number one loving fan of his grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Thomas, & Nathan. He has three great grands, Grayson, Kaiden James, & Briar. He will be greatly missed by his sister Mary Lou and brother Raymond Jr., two sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial celebration will be held at the Colonial Park UCC, Harrisburg, 10/1/20. A family committal service at Salem Church, Selinsgrove will be held on 10/2/20. Memorial donations can be made to; Hartman Center Outdoor Ministry; 5725 Old US Hwy 322 Milroy, PA 17063, , Brian Morden foundation for child cancer research@ , or Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country, enriching lives with wellness opportunities; P. O. Box 304 Franconia, NH 03580. . Arrangements are by the Hoover Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Harrisburg. Online Condolences may be left at www.hooverfuneralhome.com . www.pennlive.com/obits
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