By Kim Swindell Wood | December 4, 2017 12:00 pm
Last Updated: December 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm
Jake Morris loved everything about life. He was born Jan. 7, 1979, in Cookeville.
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 “Most Athletic” 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 toolmaker for over 15 years, at Quality Mold Shop, in McMinnville.
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 four years, which included a four-day-a-week minimum commitment to helping kids learn the art of brotherhood and accomplishment.
Over the last two years he and his wife of 12 years, Latessa, were blessed to welcome two children into the world. Mark Jackson was born on Dec. 17, 2015, and Mylee Jade less than two weeks ago, on Nov. 22, 2017. His greatest accomplishment was his love for his family and friends.
He passed from this life after a four-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 were no match for Jake, and he won the fight at 10:22 p.m., on Dec. 1, 2017, only a short 10 days after the birth of his daughter. Jake leaves behind a legacy unmatched by others. His calm, smart, and funny approach at life is one we can all learn from.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mark Morris; nephew, Logan Morris; and his grandfathers, Lee (Kathleen) Morris, and Casto (Frances) Day.
Survivors include his wife, Latessa Morris, of Rock Island; son, Mark Jackson, of Rock Island; daughter, Mylee Jade, of Rock Island; mother, Joyce Morris, of Quebeck; brothers, J.J. Morris (Jul), of Walling, Josh Morris (Lindsay Wardlaw), of Sparta; nieces, Lydia “Goose” Morris, Stevie Montgomery Morris; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Larry and Thressa Choate; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Sampson and Megan Choate; grandmother-in-law, Hannah Choate; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends and neighbors.
Visitation will be 3-6:30 p.m., Dec. 5, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Sparta, followed by a celebration of life service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Brad Walker will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Jake Morris Family Fund on the GoFundMe website.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.