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Thomas Franklin Morris

June 7, 1931 June 27, 2019
Thomas Franklin Morris
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Thomas “Tom or TF” Franklin Morris, 88, of Grand Bay, AL passed away on Thursday, Jun 27, 2019. He joined our heavenly father while under the care of SAAD’s Hospice Care in Mobile, AL. He was born on June 7, 1931 in Pulaski, TN.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson Morris and Gladys Holt Morris; his brother-in-law, Bob Storey and his sister-in-law Margaret Morris.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Darlena (Andy) Stratton of Gautier, MS; sisters Lena Faye Morris and Ruby Morris of Pulaski, TN; brothers Charles (Helen) Morris of Pulaski, TN, Chester (Linda) Morris of Goodsprings, TN and Paul Morris of Prospect, TN; his beloved granddaughter, Ivanna Stratton; as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

He was drafted in to the United States Army in 1955 and served until he received an honorable discharge in 1957. He lived a life of spunkiness and loved a good banter with anyone. He’d rather argue than eat when he was hungry. His favorite arguments were about politics, we will call it passionate. He loved his daughter and had started telling her daily about six months prior to his passing. His daughter very much loves him and will miss him greatly. They both loved to say the apple(s) didn’t fall far from the tree in their stubbornness. He was always right and no one could convince him otherwise, which most of the time he was right, we just didn’t want to admit it. He loved his brothers and sisters, but even then, he would still try and play the “boss” since he was the oldest. He also thought just because he was awake everyone else should be too and take his phone call and whatever crack of dawn it was. His grand dog, Ubu, was his prized possession.

For many years he struggled with rheumatoid arthritis and COPD and due to pain and discomfort, he sometimes took that out on others but his heart was huge. He would eventually circle back to you as if nothing ever happened. This last year and a half his health had continued to rapidly decline and he struggled greatly for the last several months. We have no doubt he left this Earth happy and FULL!

He leaves behind some special friends Carlos (Darlene) Manzanilla and Vance (Donna) Slocum; both of which continued to come back even in the midst of his moodiness. If he wasn’t picking on you then he didn’t like you, but come to think of it if he didn’t like you, he most likely vocalized that.

Many thanks to his neighbors, especially Phillip and his wife, who would keep an eye out on him since he was bound and determined not to leave home. Thank you Justin “JJ” Joiner for coming to pray with him as hearing the words that Jesus was in his heart was music to his daughters ears. And thanks to Laura, his family care tech from SAAD’s, who was able to convince him to go to the hospital on June 17th as well as Amy Yates who resided with him to assist in his care.

Tom was a VA patient who had received care for many, many years. This last hospital stay was at University Hospital, where his daughter works, and he was very vocal to all the teams that this was absolutely the best care he had ever received. A special thanks to Dr. Surtie; his nurses, Jessica, Kristy, Austin, Annie, David – and for those names I didn’t get and also to his case managers who worked together to get him over to hospice where he was able to be comfortable for his approximate ten hour visit and where we laughed and cut up just like we used to and he ate and drank what he wanted knowing it was a risk to him due to aspiration.

He pre planned his arrangements two years ago and absolutely did not want a service and wanted to be cremated. We will honor those wishes.

Thanks to all for the many visits and calls. Know the family appreciates you.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

Heritage Funeral Home, locally owned and operated in Moss Point/Escatawpa, MS, is in charge of arrangements. You may view and sign the online register book for Thomas Morris at

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