Jake Morris loved everything about life. He was born in Cookeville, TN on January 7, 1979. Being raised in a competitive household, as a child he loved all things sports and developed a passion for being outdoors and being on the move. He was an award winning White County Warrior most of his life- and was voted the “Most Athletic”
Of his class his senior year. He played football at Cumberland College in Kentucky on an athletic scholarship. Later in life he channeled in the mechanical mind passed down by his dad Mark, and worked as a tool maker for over 15 years at Quality Mold Shop in McMinnville TN.
He would often be found with his friends and family kayaking, hiking, biking, riding his Harley, or just helping out with projects as he was the “fixer” of the family. He was also a bit of a daredevil so it wasn’t past him to acquire a new scar every now and then. The youngest of three brothers he was always focused on being the best at everything. He had an eye for precision and pushed himself and others to be at the top of their game. He volunteer coached for his hometown youth football league for nearly 4 years, which included a 4 day a week minimum commitment to helping kids learn the art of Brotherhood and accomplishment.
Over the last 2 years he and his wife of 12 years, Latessa, were blessed to welcome two children into the world. Mark Jackson was born on 12/17/15, and Mylee Jade less than two weeks ago on 11/22/17. His greatest accomplishment was his love for his family and friends. He passed from this life after a 4 month long battle with a rare and aggressive cancer of the bone (Sarcoma of the bone or MFH).The daily grind of treatments, vicious side effects, and major life changes was no match for Jake and he won the fight at 10:22 pm on 12/1/17- only a short 10 days after the birth of his daughter. Jake leaves behind a legacy unmatched by others. His calm, smart, funny approach at life is one we can all learn from.
His wife, Latessa Morris of Rock Island
Son, Mark Jackson of Rock Island
Daughter, Mylee Jade of Rock Island
Mother, Joyce Morris of Quebeck
J.J. Morris (Jul) of Walling
Josh Morris (Lindsay Wardlaw) of Sparta
Nieces, Lydia "Goose" Morris and Stevie Montgomery Morris
Father and Mother-in-law, Larry and Thressa Choate
Brother and sister-in-law, Sampson and Megan Choate
Grandmother-in-law, Hannah Choate
and a host of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and many friends and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Morris; Nephew, Logan Morris; his Grandfathers, Lee (Kathleen) Morris, and Casto (Frances) Day.
Visitation will be held from 3pm until 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 followed by a celebration of life service at The First Baptist Church of Sparta with Brad Walker officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jake Morris Family Fund on the GoFund Me website.
Online condolences may be made to the family at oaklawnmemorial.com