James Morris III Obituary

James B. Morris III
Brad Morris
James B. Morris III

December 11, 1948 - September 7, 2009
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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James Bradford Morris, III, 60, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at Methodist Hospital on September 7, 2009. Born on December 11, 1948, to Mr. and Mrs. James B. Morris, Jr., Brad's life was dedicated to legal and public service.

After graduating Des Moines North High School in 1967, Brad proceeded to the University of Iowa graduating from the University of Iowa College of Law with his Juris Doctorate in 1977. He returned to Des Moines joining his family law firm, Morris & Morris, where he served his clients through Iowa's oldest African-American family owned business founded in 1919 and celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Brad also served for 11 years as Assistant Polk County Attorney.

Brad is survived by his beloved wife, Linnea (Morrill) Morris; his mother Arlene Roberts-Morris; brothers, William (Amelia) Morris and Robert (Vivian) Morris; and his niece Jessica and nephews, Omar, Robert, Jr., Brandon and Stephen Morris.

Brad was preceded in death by his grandparents, James and Georgine Morris, Sr., and his father James B. Morris, Jr.

Brad was a humble servant of the Lord. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as an Elder for many years.

He served on the Board of Directors of Crossroads Area Agency, as well as many other community service boards. Throughout his life, Brad was an active member of the legal, civil rights and religious community.

He was a longtime member of the National Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association and director of the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP and the Morris Scholarship Fund. Brad wrote a column for the "New Iowa Bystander" newspaper and was featured in the 1994 Iowa Public Television documentary "Tradition And Valor" about his family.

An avid outdoorsman, Brad enjoyed cooking, jazz music, marching bands, fishing in Canada and hunting and shooting across Iowa with family and friends. A loyal Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, Brad loved sports and politics including the election of America's first black President, Barack Obama.

He persevered in death by meeting the challenges of kidney disease treatment for 28 years.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2009, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3223 University Ave., Des Moines, Iowa 50311. Family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran Church
3223 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, September 10, 2009
10:30 AM


Trinity Lutheran Church
3223 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311