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Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch
Thursday January 13th, 2022
6:00pm - 7:00pm

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Funeral Service

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Fall Branch
Thursday January 13th, 2022

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Graveside Service

McPheeters Bend Baptist Church Cemetery
Friday January 14th, 2022

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"Don" James Donald Morrell Jr.

“Don” James Donald Morrell Jr., age 68, of Fall Branch TN, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday January 7th, 2022. He was born in Kingsport, TN on November 11th 1953. Don graduated from Central High School in 1971.

He married the love of his life, Teresa Lynne Guy Morrell, on August 12th, 1980. Their family grew with 2 daughters, Jennifer in 1983, and Jamie in 1985. Don and Teresa were happily married for over 41 years, and he was a wonderful husband and father. Don brought joy and laughter to the lives of everyone he touched, and he lived his life portraying the values of Jesus Christ, always in service to others. He always had a welcoming smile, a listening ear, a helping hand, and a wise word of advice.

Don worked for TN Eastman Chemical Company for 32 years. He started working there at age 19, sweeping floors and changing light bulbs, but his work ethic led him to become an Operator, then Safety Officer, then Senior Team Manager. He was so well loved that his retirement celebration in 2004 had the highest attendance that anyone could remember.

Don was survived by his wife, Teresa Morrell; his daughters, Jamie Morrell and Jennifer Erickson, and his son-in-law, Chris Erickson; his cousins Brenda Morrell, and Harvey Morrell. Preceded in death were his mother and father, “Jim” James Donald Morrell Sr. and Carol Horton Morrell; and his very close friend, Jeff Webb. Pallbearers are his family and dear friends whom he considered brothers: Chris Erickson, Bill Bowman, Darrell Horne, Rickey Rolen, and Chris Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home in Fall Branch, TN on Thursday, January 13th. Visitation will be from 6-7pm and the funeral service will be officiated by his dear friend, James Bowman, at 7pm. Graveside services will be at 1pm on Friday, January 14th at McPheeters Bend Baptist Church Cemetery at 430 Church Road, Church Hill TN. Please meet at the cemetery at 12:45. The family encourages everyone to dress casual and to wear tie dye in the spirit of Don if you would like. For the graveside service, the family would love for Don’s friends and loved ones to share a few words or a favorite story about him.

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Teresa & girls so sorry for your loss. May God give you peace & comfort the next few days. You are in our prayers. Love you bunches

Tina Goins Lyons Jan 13 2022 5:22 PM

I love you Big Don. And, you, Teresa.

Shelly Burleson Jan 13 2022 5:02 PM

I worked with Don for several years when he was the Team Manager in OB-1. I can't believe he is gone at this young age. Don had tremendous skills as a leader and was very effective in managing four shift crews at the same time. He was a people-oriented leader and such a positive person to be around. I know from many conversations that he loved his family deeply. Even though we lost touch over the years, I consider him a valued friend. May God bless his family and everyone who knew and loved him. Rest in Peace Don.

Rob Wicker Jan 13 2022 4:11 PM

Mike and I have fond memories of Don. So blessed to have gotten to meet and receive his positive loving friendship for all he knew. God bless Teresa and girls. Love and prayers.

Sue and Mike Crofoot Jan 13 2022 2:08 PM

Being one of Don's friends will always be something I will treasure. My thoughts and prayers are with the family .

Jim Smith Jan 13 2022 1:28 PM

So sorry to learn of Dons passing. Thought very much of him. I worked with Don for several years. I enjoyed working him. He was a joy to be around. An outstanding worker and wanted to help you any way he could. He will be sorely missed. God Bless

Charles Penley Jan 13 2022 1:09 PM

Worked with Don B267 OB-1 and he was great boss and friend. Instead going to break shack we'd go to Don's office and hang out with Don and shoot the bull. In 34.5 years at Eastman and some of my best moments was working with Don. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jerry Hall Jan 13 2022 9:58 AM

When I went online to look at obituaries, my heart just sank when I saw Don had passed. I always enjoyed seeing him and all of you when you would come into the office. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know him and all of you for so many years. He was such a special and caring man, and he loved his family so very much! May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you and give you peace and strength through the days ahead. Much love, Rita

Rita Overbey Jan 13 2022 9:44 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Morrell Jr.

Tim Stafford Jan 13 2022 8:23 AM

Teresa , Jenny & Jamie ,l am so broken hearted for the pain you all are going though . I love you all so much & I am praying for you all to get through the emptiness of not having him with you .🙏🏻💔

Kim Maskew Jan 13 2022 1:19 AM

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