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CHURCH HILL – James Ray Morelock, Sr., 86, died at home Saturday, January 16, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

James was a longtime Hawkins County resident, Korean War veteran, and retired U.S. Army First Class Sargent. He worked as a millwright in the maintenance department of the AFG Greenland factory for over 30 years. He served as vice president of the SOAR United Steelworks Organization. James was an early founding member of the Church Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Loving spending time with his family, James was always involved in the children’s lives and loved to encourage them. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, a great support to his family and an extremely hard worker.

He was predeceased by his parents, Orville Ray Morelock and Mary Alice Baldwin Morelock; brothers, Jack Morelock Don Morelock, Lynn Morelock and Ben Morelock; sisters, Lee Wright, Bobbie Crawford and Ailene Mills.

James is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Joan Mallicote Morelock; son, James “Jimmy” Ray Morelock, Jr. (fiancé, Traci Percer), Terry L Morelock (Ronda) and K. Brad Morelock (fiancé, Lana), daughter, Shelia Morelock Dixon (Brent); grandchildren, Jarrad Isaiah Morelock (Cassandra), Sarah Maureen James (Travis), Brandon Jacob Morelock, Brian James Morelock (Brianna), Eric Levi Morelock Dixon (Lyndsey), William Cody Morelock, Caitlin Marie Morelock, Cassandra Jobeth Morelock Zook ( Benjamin), and Trevor Lucas Morelock Dixon (Grace); great-grandchildren, Ally Holder, Townes David James Zook, Elliott Laurel Morelock and Eleanora Frances Estelle Zook; brothers, Malcolm “Bo” Morelock and Dillard Morelock, sisters, Ethel Roop and Peggy Duncan; special caregiver, John Flinchum; several nieces and nephews.

A private family funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, with his former pastor of many years, the Reverend Gary Gerhardt officiating. Immediately following there will be the Military Honors Funeral Services at Church Hill Memory Gardens. Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Hammond Post #3 and Gate City Post #265. Everyone is welcome at the funeral services, we only ask that you wear a mask.

The pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jarrad Morelock, Brian Morelock, Brandon Morelock, Eric Dixon, Cody Morelock and Trevor Dixon.

Special thanks to Smokey Mountain Hospice, Carie, Christy and Kelly for their loving care of James.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Church Hill in memory of: James R. Morelock, Sr.

To leave a message to the Morelock family online, go to www.johnsonarrowood.com

Johnson-Arrowood Funeral Home in Church Hill is honored to serve the Morelock family.

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