ECU supporters Eleanor and "J.C." Morris recently passed away. The colorful couple was a fixture at ECU athletic events always riding in their 1976 Lincoln Continental painted Pirate purple and gold.
Eleanor died on March 27, 2010 at the age of 70. Just two weeks later her husband of fifty years died peacefully at their home.
WITN's Brian Meador profiled the couple during a Pirate Pre-Game Special lin 2005. As a tribute to the Morris family WITN has posted the story of their love affair with ECU.
Eleanor Williams Morris, 70, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, March 27, 2010. She was born March 21, 1940 to Alonzo and Rosa Williams. A native of Robersonville, she graduated as Salutatorian of her class from Robersonville High School. While there, she played all sports as well as played the flute and was a majorette in the band. After graduation, while working as a secretary at Robersonville High School, she met the love of her life, J.C. Morris, whom she later married on September 5, 1959. She continued to be active in adult basketball and softball for many years, with her team winning many tournaments. She and J.C. moved to Plymouth after they were married, where she worked as a secretary for Plymouth High School. She later began working at Weyerhaeuser where she worked numerous jobs while there and was known for making chocolate pies for her coworkers. She worked there for thirty-three years before retiring in 1995. Eleanor and J.C. have two children, Jimmy and Jakki, for whom she was very involved in their school activities by being a grademother and an active member of the PTA. She was an avid supporter of many charities including the United Way. She wrote a poem that was adopted by the United Way as their National Official Document. Eleanor and J.C. were lifetime fans of the ECU Pirates and active members of the Pirates Club for many years where they funded many Athletic Scholarships. They could be seen anytime traveling to the games in their "purple and gold Pirate car", where they had lots of fun tailgating and socializing with their many ECU friends. Eleanor recently became a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her loving husband of fifty years, J.C. and her children, Jimmy, and wife Liz of Robersonville, Jakki, and husband Mark of Wendell; grandchildren, Devon Morris, Summer Morris, and Ashlee Sawyer; great grandchildren, Sebastian and Lily Morris; sister, Louise and husband Lloyd of Bath and brother-in-law, Bob Jzyk. She was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Peggy Jzyk and granddaughter Mary Rosa.
James Claudis "Red" Morris, 74, died peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday April 11, 2010.
He was born February 13, 1936 to the late Benjamin Morris and Arra Long Morris. He was predeceased by his wife of fifty years, Eleanor Morris; brothers, Benjamin Morris, Jr. and Thomas Dolson Morris; sister, Dorothy Moore and great granddaughter, Mary Rosa.
He was a native of Rocky Mount where he graduated from Bevenue High School in 1954. He lettered in football, baseball and basketball. He played American Legion baseball in Rocky Mount and then he later was offered a scholarship to play baseball at East Carolina. He was a pitcher and third baseman. He played baseball at Fort Bragg while in the National Guard.
He was a 1958 graduate of East Carolina with degrees in Social Studies and Health and PE. He later received a degree for Drivers Education, allowing him the privilege to teach many Washington County residents to drive.
He met Eleanor Morris in 1958 while student teaching in Robersonville. They moved to Plymouth in 1959 where he taught for more than forty years. He was an amazingly kind man that loved people. He coached both youth and adult sports. He was a great instructor in many areas from coaching to repairing houses or just giving advice.
He along with his love, Eleanor, were avid PIRATES fans and donated to Athletic/Educational Scholarships, fed The ECU cheerleaders and traveled with the PIRATES for many years. Their PIRATE family was and is an amazing source of comfort.
He was a dedicated husband, Daddy, Pawpaw, fishing partner and friend. He put his heart and soul into everything he did whether it was supporting his ECU Pirates or sharing his knowledge.
He is survived by his two children, Jimmy, wife Liz, and Jakki, husband Mark; three grandchildren, Devon Morris, Summer Morris and Ashlee Sawyer; two great grandchildren, Sebastian and Lily Morris. Special nieces and nephews and fishing buddy/brother-in-law Bob Jzyk.