Elbert R.V. “Buddy” Morris Jr., 77, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on August 13, 2023.
Buddy was born on February 2, 1946, to Elbert R.V. Morris Sr. and Juanita Morris in Norfolk, VA. They later moved to Jackson, TN, where Buddy spent most of his childhood. He was the child that made countless trips to the principal’s office for being the “class clown.” Buddy had no reservations when it came to trying to get a chuckle from a crowd. All that knew him would agree that he should have been a comedian. Instead of taking the big stage on a comedy tour, he chose to light up the rooms he was already in and the souls of the people he loved. Everyone left Buddy’s presence feeling lighter.
After graduating from Jackson High School, Buddy served proudly in the United States Army 9th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War from 1966-1969.
He later went on to study computer technology and diligently worked in that field for 27 years with NCR. In 2001, he started his own business, Southern Networks— always providing for his family’s needs and wants.
In 1975, he met his “honey,” as he’d sweetly refer to her. Buddy married Brenda as quickly as she’d allow in March of 1976, and with God’s help, they raised a beautiful family.
Buddy had a love for aviation, holding a pilot’s license and flying for many years. When his children were young, they would often leave the house to go to the grocery store and end up on a flight with their Daddy. He loved nothing more than spending time on the river with his grandchildren. Boating and camping were a way of life for Buddy, and as he got older, the jokes around the campfire only got better. Buddy was a grill-master; his favorite time of day was mealtime. He valued quality time with others spent over a shared meal, and if you ever had the chance to taste his barbecue sauce, you should count your lucky stars. Buddy was a family man if there ever was one. You could often find him wrapping one of his grandchildren in one of his big bear-hugs or annoying his mother with his rendition of the classic Christmas song, “Oh Holy Night.”
Buddy was proceeded in death by his parents, sister, Patsy Howell, and grandson, Dakota.
Buddy will be greatly missed by his wife of forty-seven years, Brenda Morris; a daughter, Barbie Miller (Glenn), a son, Jimmy Morris, a daughter, Lori Walls, and a daughter, Christy Hughes. He was loved by 7 grandchildren: Christopher (Laurel), Jade (Jacob), Austin, Celeste (Mark), Joshua (Ashley), Cheyenne (Nicholas), and Summer (Ryan). He was blessed to have 9 great-grandchildren: Riley (8), Nora Lynn (7), Maria (3), Clay (3), Dallas (3), Charlotte (2), Elena (2), Karmen (10 months), and Eden (10 months).
A Celebration of Life & Memorial Service will be held in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. with Rev. Glenn Miller officiating.
The family will be receiving friends beginning at 4:00 p.m. and continuing until 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to American Diabetes Association (ADA), PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or online at www.diabetes.org or Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 200 Vesey Street, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10281 or online at WWW.jdrf.org in Buddy’s honor.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38305
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