Rev. James Henry “Buddy” Morris, 76, of Hamburg, died on August 28, 2018.
He was a 1961 graduate of Hamburg High School and a veteran of the United States Army who served during the Vietnam War.
For 55 years, Rev. Morris was a minister and served as a church planter for many churches across Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He was a member of the Harper Springs Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9360 and a Mason. He enjoyed sports and hunting. He loved being around his family and watching his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild grow.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry H. and Reba Roswell Morris; six sisters, Ann Forester, Jean Cathey, Linda McCollum, Louise White, Polly Boudreaux and Marsha Morris and a brother, Thomas Morris.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Swan Morris; his children, Lisa Morris Riels and husband, Alan, Timothy Mark Morris and wife, Karen, and James Michael Morris and wife, Tammy, all of Hamburg; his sister, Doris Joan Hellums of Bossier City, Louisiana; s special brother, Joe Hellums of Beebe; four grandchildren, Kristin Morris, Logan Morris and wife, Tori, A.J. Riels and fiance, Madelyn Bagwell, and Allison Bussman and husband, Adam; a great-grandson, Henry Bussman and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 31 from 5-7 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 1 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Malone, Bro. Verlon Wood and Bro. Sammy Tamburo officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery.
Pallbearers are A.J. Riels, Logan Morris, Adam Bussman, Scott Swan, Wade White, Mike Cathey, Brent Morris and Keith Dunnaway. Honorary pallbearers are his fellow pastors and the Hamburg High School Class of 1961.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas State Mission Project, c/o First Baptist Church, PO Box 124, Cave City, AR 72521 or Arkansas Mission Builders c/o Center Missionary Baptist Church, 60 Cole Road, Rison, AR 71665.