J. Helms Morris

J. Helms Morris, 84, of Dickinson, passed away December 22nd in his home surrounded by his loving family. J. was born October 8, 1936, to Vivian and W.B. Morris in Temple, Texas. He graduated from Temple High School in 1955. J. proudly served his country in the Texas National Guard from 1956 to 1964.  J. married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn, in 1957.  He started his career with General Telephone Company (GTE) as a Draftsman in Robstown, Texas.  From Robstown he was promoted and transferred to League City in 1962, then back to Robstown, Baytown and Weslaco, before returning to League City in 1971 as the GTE Division Manager.  J. was very active in the community and joined the Galveston County Chamber of Commerce in 1971.  He served three different terms as President of the Chamber, was on the Board of Directors, and served as a Good Will Ambassador with the Red Coats until his retirement.  J. received a Lifetime Membership Award from the Chamber in 2012 and a flag was flown at the State Capitol of Texas in his honor.  He also served the community as President of the League City Little League and Chairman of the Dickinson United Way.

In 1975, he resigned his position at GTE to become the Business Manager of League City First Baptist Church to oversee the development of the new property, 50 acres of land the church purchased, at the site where Bay Area Church is now located.  He served in that position until 1978.  That same year, he became a Real Estate Agent and Broker.  Also in 1978, J. founded “The Stepping Stone,” a Foster Group Home in Dickinson for teenage girls.  In 1983, he co-founded and served as co-pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in League City for three years. He then founded and served as pastor of Bayou Baptist Church in Dickinson from 1986 to 1996.  J. retired in 2019 after 36 years of service with Bayou Realtors.

One of J.’s passions was collecting books.  Seems he had thousands.  He enjoyed playing golf.  He loved being with his big family with Thanksgiving being the highlight of the year when everyone gathered in his home.  He enjoyed traveling, especially to Oklahoma and Kansas to visit his family and grandchildren.  Above all else, he loved the Lord and sharing the gospel.  He went on three mission trips to India and one to the Philippines.  As it says in the Bible, he fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.

J. was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Ryan Todd Morris and Joel Caleb Morris. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 63 years, Carolyn, and brother Neil Morris (Carol); children J. Todd Morris (Lynn), Terry Morris (Cindy), Tami Clark (Jerry), Sheryl Paul, and foster son Hyden Miftari (Deti); grandchildren Brittany Flowers (Travis), Courtney Garcia (Roy), Caleb Morris (Kristen), Daniel Morris (Erin), Bethany Morris, Elijah Morris (Savannah), Anna Foster (Micaiah), Micah Morris (Katie), Andrew Morris, Joshua Morris, Jeremiah Morris, Hosanna Morris, Josiah Morris, Mercy Morris, Hannah Guzman (Diego), Garrett Clark, Danielle Norman, Ajah Norman, Aleigha Paul, Ayla Miftari, and Enya Miftari; great grandchildren Ty Brumbelow, Koby Brumbelow, Sierra Flowers, Ryker Flowers, Connor Flowers, Kylie Garcia, Mia Garcia, Peyton Garcia, Rowdy Morris, Summer Morris, Weston Morris, Crosby Morris, Shiloh Foster, Leo Guzman, and Avery Norman.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday January 9th, visitation at 10:00, service at 11:00 at Bay Area Church, 4800 West Main St., League City.  A burial service will be held at 1:00 pm, January 11th at the Little River/Wilson Valley Cemetery, in Little River, Texas.

Donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse.


  1. So sorry for your loss. J. was a wonderful and Godly man.

    Fran Summers
  2. We meet J and Carolyn at Bay Area Church in 1976. We started attending his Sunday school class for young married couples. We had no family here in Texas and J and Carolyn became like our parents. They were always there when we needed them. J was one of the most Godley men we have ever met. He will be greatly missed by us and many others. Our class has continued to have reunions over the years and we look forward to our last reunion in heaven.

    Pat and Alex Quinones
  3. J was our mentor, Pastor, Sunday School teacher but most of all our amazing friend that we loved very deeply. He helped us through many hard times with wise counsel from God. His family became like family to us and always will be. We had many fun trips skiing that are forever a wonderful memory. We love y’all and will be praying for you Carolyn and the family during this deep loss. J is well now and it just makes Heaven sweeter. Love and many hugs. Laura and Dale Dudley

    Laura Dudley
  4. What a dear, longtime friend, a genuine Christian who witnessed to everyone. He never said a negative word about anyone. J. truly cared about people’s souls and always asked them if they knew Jesus, and would ask them if they died right now would they be destined to hell or live eternally in Heaven with the Lord.
    We worked together at the telephone company for many years, as field staff directors and managers. J. would work as long as it took to make a telco customer happy. Everyone knew J.H. Morris and respected him. I know one thing for sure, I’ll see him again in Heaven. He’ll be welcoming his Christian friends into the pearly gates.

    Beau Miller
  5. I loved him so much.
    In 1994 he married my husband and I.
    We have been through so much in our married life and he has always been there for me when I needed guidence.
    Love you Jay and I know I will see you again.
    Thanks for everything

  6. Such a precious soul. Thank God for you and Carolyn’s walk of faith. So many lives are better because of yalls faithfulness to God. Love each of you dearly!♥️

    Lise Olson

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