James Morrison

James Everette "Boogie" Morrison Jr.

Thursday, April 21st, 1960 - Friday, May 7th, 2021
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Mr. James Everette Morrison, Jr., of 192 Airport Road, Statesville, NC was born in Iredell County on April 21, 1960. He was the son of the late James Everette Morrison, Sr. and Estherlene Mayes Morrison. He departed this life on Friday, May 7, 2021, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Marilyn Annette Morrison Staley; two aunts, Frances Mayfield and Mildred Sloan and an uncle, Max Morrison.

Boogie, as he was affectionately called, was a graduate of West Iredell High School in Statesville, NC and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC. He was a member of the illustrious Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.

At an early age, he joined Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church in Statesville, NC, where he served as a choir member and later the Director of Music. He later moved his membership to New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Troutman, NC. He was a gifted musician and had a love for music, serving as the Director of Music for Cameron Presbyterian Church in Elmwood, NC and New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Troutman. At the time of his death, he was employed by Pepsi Cola Corporation as a Telephone Sales Operator and Route Relief Specialist. A loving brother, uncle, cousin and friend, he will truly be missed.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life, two sisters, Gloria M. Long of Statesville and Gladys M. Turner of Winston-Salem; a god-daughter, Marilyn Claire Ashe; nieces and nephews, Dana L. (Dwayne Brown; Pamela M. (John) Ashe, Robert Lee (Angela) Long, Jr., Kenya E. Turner, Candace L. Morrison, Derek L. (Erin) Morrison and James Michael Turner; two aunts, Eddie Bell Grant and Joann (James) Ramsey; first cousins and best friends, Homer Grant, Jr. and Jeannie M. Watts; a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives, the New Life Missionary Baptist Church Family, neighbors and friends.

Celebration of Life Services will be conducted Friday, May 14, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. at New Life Missionary Baptist Church in Troutman, NC. Reverend Timothy Bates (Pastor of Calvary Presbyterian and Cameron Presbyterian Church) will officiate and Reverend Ivan Cowan, Pastor of New Life Missionary Baptist Church, will eulogize. Burial will follow in the Clark’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Morrison will remain at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home until taken to the church to lie in state at 10:30 a.m. Members of the family will receive friends at the church from 11:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., but will assemble at the residence of his sister, Gloria M. Long, 628 North Race Street, Statesville, NC., at other times.

Visit the Book of Memories for Mr. Morrison at Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. James “Boogie” Morrison.
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  • Service

    Friday, May 14th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, May 14th, 2021 11:00am
    New Life Missionary Baptist Church
    571 South Main Street
    TROUTMAN, NC 28166
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  • Interment

    Clark's Chapel Baptist Church
    806 Eufola Road
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Jackie Wellman

Posted at 10:43am
To the Morrison Family:

Please accept our deepest condolences and know that God loves you and with time he will give you peace and strength. We will continue to keep all of you in our prayers today, tomorrow, and the days ahead. We love you!

Christian and Jackie Wellman

Cheryl Hodges

Posted at 11:40am
Dear Morrison Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your precious James. I am thankful that God gave me the blessing of working with him for nearly thirty years at Pepsi-Cola. He was a dear friend in the Lord and when I would ask him how he was doing, he would often reply " I am blessed and highly favored!" Yes, James, you are indeed a child of The King and I will miss your smile until we meet again. Cheryl Hodges- Granite Falls

John Drake (Pat)

Posted at 08:40am
Our deepest condolences to the Morrison & Long Families! James will truly be missed. His smile, the warmth of his greetings - we will remember. We are thankful for having known him and all the Christian Brotherly Love he showed to everyone. Thank God for him. May God’s Grace comfort the family in the days ahead. Our prayers are continually with you. The Drakes (Pat, John)

Rivia Brown

Posted at 08:07pm
With deepest sympathy on your loss
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Brenda Manley and Family

Posted at 12:58pm
"James (Boogie) Morrison" brought so many gifts to our life. We will never forget him. Our Love to you all. Family forever. Stay in Peace.
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