Thomas Morris


Thomas Eugene “Gene” Morris, 78, a resident of Charleston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at the family residence.

He was the son of the late James and Mary Morris; and was also preceded in death by his grandson, Kelvin Holcomb; and his sister, Betty Miller.

He was a retired deputy sheriff with over 32 years of service. He worked with the Bradley County Sheriff Department and the Polk County Sheriff Department. He also served as constable in Bradley County.

He was very involved with the local Republican Party for many years. He loved to garden and mow his yard, of which he was very proud. His love for politics, law enforcement and his yard work paled in comparison to his love for his family, and especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Pat Morris; his children, Michael Morris and his wife ,Louise, Lynn Morris and his wife, Teresa, James Wilson and his wife, Teresa, Jeffrey Wilson, Kim Morris, Jan Morris, Deborah Brackett and Ginger Wilson; his grandchildren, Melissa Coblentz and her husband, Clifford, Ashley Wilson, Matt Morris, Tony Morris, Jessica Thurman, Jeffery Thurman, Jonathan Davis and his wife, Lili, Tabitha Davis, Brien Davis and his wife, Mary, Katrina Brackett, Anthony Foley, Julia Foley and Beth Wilson; great-grandchildren, Michael Holcomb, Marilyn Messer, Lex Coblentz, Jace Coblentz, Oliver Coblentz, Jasmin Davis and Erick Davis; brothers, and sisters, Leonard Morris, Phil Morris and his wife, Joanne, James Morris and his wife, Mary, Roger Morris, Mary Lawson, Ellen Ross and Sandy Morris; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services, North Ocoee Street Chapel, with Chaplain Gary Wilder and Pastor Mike Wallin officiating.

The committal service will follow at New Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery with Jim Ruth, Matt Ruth, P.J. Morris, Timmy Morris, Michael Holcomb and Beau Ziegler serving as casket bearers.

The family will receive friends today, from 5 until 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

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