Dateline: April 13, 2006

James McMorries, 62, of Howardwick died Sunday, April 9, from injuries suffered while battling a fire on March 12.

Funeral services for were held Wednesday, April 12, at Paramount Terrace Christian Church in Amarillo. Burial was at 4 p.m. at the Masonic Cemetery in Seymour with arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors.

James Wilson McMorries, Jr., was born April 4, 1944, in Seymour, Texas, and lived in Amarillo before making his home in Howardwick about a year ago.  He graduated from Amarillo High in 1962.  He was a member of the Clarendon Country Club, Howardwick Volunteer Fire Dept., National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, Amarillo Association of Realtors, and the Khiva Shrine. He was a Master Mason and member of San Jacinto Lodge #1330, Palo Duro Lodge #1239, Amarillo Lodge #731, and Clarendon Lodge #700.

James married Tanis Price on May 3, 1997, in Amarillo. James owned and operated McMorries Appraisal Co. James was a loving son, husband, father, and Papaw and will be dearly missed by family and friends. 

James had a great sense of humor and a little stubborn streak to go along. He helped everyone he could even if he didnít know them.

James was preceded in death by his mother, Helen McMorries. 

He is survived by his wife, Tanis, of Howardwick; his father and step-mother, James and Linda McMorries, of Jacksboro; three daughters, Annette Montano and husband Paul of Amarillo, Robin Schroeder and husband Jim of Mesa, Ariz., Brenda Harshman of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one step-daughter, Megan Bowes of Amarillo; one step-son, Kelly McWhorter and wife Dai of Amarillo; three sisters, Jo Helen Irwin and husband Terry of New Orleans, La., Judy Blalack and husband Johnny of Hobbs, New Mexico, Janet Williams and husband Johnny of Amarillo; three step-sisters, Brandy Gardner of Vernon, Sharmy Brownlee of Paducah, and Torry Stover of Mckinney; and eight grandchildren, Orie and Brett Dunn, A.J. and Allton Montano, Connor and Keenan Montoya, Connor McWhorter and Coble Bowes.

The family requests memorials be sent to the Volunteer Firefighters Fund at Amarillo National Bank, PO Box 1, Amarillo, TX 79105, in care of Jeff Cook and Joseph Garcia.

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