On Monday April 25 while it was peaceful and quiet, God whispered into Brenda L. Morris ear, it is time to come home, my daughter. Therefore, He put a smile on her face, kissed her cheek, gently wrapped her in His arms, and carried her to her heavenly home.
Brenda was educated in Norfolk Public Schools, graduated from Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1971, and received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norfolk State University in 1995.
Brenda taught at St. Mary’ Academy in Norfolk, VA and Star of the Sea Catholic School in Virginia Beach for a total of over thirty years.
Her father and mother, Melvin and Geraldine James, preceded her in death. Brenda was the wife of LaMar S. Morris for 44 years.
Brenda was an active member of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. Alpha Chi Chapter for 19 years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Upsilon Omicron Chapter for 16 years, Concerned Citizens of Booker T. Washington High School, and a member of the Praise Dance Team at New Calvary Baptist Church. Her interest and hobbies were collecting dolls (especially the Obamas) and tending to her flowers.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband 44 years, LaMar; a daughter, Cherwana Harris (Julius D.) of Woodbridge, VA; three sisters: Sarelda James-Green of Chesapeake, VA, Shelia Johnson (Joe) of Virginia Beach, VA, and Adriane B. James of Norfolk, VA; one brother, Keith James of Chesapeake, VA; two grandchildren: Reagan and Brayden Harris; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Lecretia McCollum-Truesdale saysApril 27, 2022 at 11:52 am
Brenda was a light and I was blessed to teach, to serve, and to dance beside this beautiful soul. Her, my daughter, and mother shared the same Birthday Month and she always made sure my Babygirl felt special. She loved teaching and sharing and “staying on task!” I have so many fond memories of her strength that I am so hurt to have lost her in this way. God knew she needed rest and I am happy to know she is no longer suffering and may now rest. But I can’t say that I won’t miss everything about her spirit. We really wanted to dance together just one more time but I guess I will dance that for you my Love. Hugs prayers and Love to her Family, Friends and Sorors who loved her so. She blessed my Life and I want you to know that she was loved and admired deeply. From Golden Ages Praise Dance Ministry GAPT we Love you!
Lee E. Bond, Jr. saysApril 28, 2022 at 4:50 pm
I have known Brenda for more than 60 years. We attended the same faith community during her adolescent years. I knew all her brothers and sisters as the James family. She was one of those persons you could say was born a leader and accepted the calling to serve. She lead the Booker T. Class of 71 along with her husband LaMar for over a decade in what was unforgettable experiences that we could all treasure. Her energy was ever evolving even when her health was a challenge. She embraced the fruit of the spirit. A Black woman who never strayed away from her roots. We all loved her but God loved her more and my wife Irene and believe he took her home to rest and to issue her reward for her service to him.
Linda (White) Boone saysApril 27, 2022 at 7:26 pm
I am sorry for your loss. Remember that Brenda is with the Lord now, and she no longer in pain. If it’s any consolation one of my favorite Bible verse to when comfort is the 23rd Psalms.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; he leadeth me besides the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the path of righteousness for his name sake.
Ye, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou are with me; thy rod and staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Lamar, I hope that these words will comfort you and your family.
Estherine J. Harding saysApril 28, 2022 at 11:45 am
Deepest sympathy and prayers to the family of Soror Brenda Morris. May God bless and comfort you during this difficult time.
Estherine J. Harding, NSU Retiree and
2016 Distinguished Alumna of NSU
Kathleen Griffin saysMay 1, 2022 at 8:18 am
Condolences to the family of Brenda Morris. May God continue to comfort you, love you and give you the peace that only He can give!
Kahleen Griffin and Family
Wesley and Carolyn Whitfield saysMay 1, 2022 at 9:02 pm
Sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to the family.
Wesley and Carolyn Whitfield
Tawana Bates-Burtt saysMay 2, 2022 at 5:07 pm
To the James / Morris Family,
We are sorry to learn of Brenda’s passing. Our prayers and sincerest condolences are extended to family.
With loving memories.
Tawana Bates-Burtt and Bates Family
Kimberlee Crittendon saysMay 2, 2022 at 6:56 pm
My condolences to the bereaved family, may the lord strengthen you through these difficult times
Kimberlee Crittendon & Family