Jamie Morris, beloved teacher and coach at Pierce County Middle School, died Sept. 4 in Jacksonville after a brief battle with the coronavirus. He was 40.
“The PCMS family is hurting right now. It is so hard to lose Jamie. We are blessed to have known him. He always had a positive and encouraging attitude, a kind and gentle spirit, and endeavored to build relationships with his students and his PCMS family,” said PCMS principal Amanda Gay.
Gay said the staff at the middle school is grateful to have known and worked along side Morris.
“Maya Angelou wrote, ‘I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.’ Jamie always made others feel welcomed, important and valued.”
Gay said Morris was a friend to all who knew him.
Morris loved working with kids in both the classroom and on the athletic fields.
He taught seventh grade social studies and had been teaching at the middle school for the last seven years.
In addition to his teaching duties, Morris was the head soccer coach at PCMS and was an assistant coach with the football team. He always enjoyed working the football concession stand on Friday nights and also worked as a volunteer coach for the Pierce County Recreation Department. Last year, he coached his 10 and under boys soccer team to an undefeated season.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.
Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, from the Blackshear City Cemetery.
For a full obituary, please see page 3.