Joseph Rand Morphis Jr., "Randy," of Crossville, passed away after a lengthy illness on June 9, 2016. Born in Los Angeles, CA, on Feb. 17, 1943, to the late Joseph Rand Morphis Sr. and Elsie Deane Morphis, he was a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in computer science. He married Karen Kellogg Davis in 1994.
Randy was always on a quest for knowledge and new experiences, which led him to a variety of employment from his first at Hughes Aircraft, lumberjack, railroad brakeman, salesman, gas man on a NASCAR team, set dresser on the movie "Days of Thunder," to the gas and oil business that brought him to Tennessee, telephone contractor and his last employment as a computer programmer for The Trades in Crossville. Music was an essential part of his life and played keyboard, organ and guitar and loved singing in choirs.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Morphis; four children, Yvette Ford of California, Heather Jenkins, Daniel Morphis and Eric Morphis of Alaska; 12 grandchildren; three stepsons, Dustin, Charles and Derek Davis; and five step-grandchildren.
There will be no formal service but a gathering of remembrance for family and friends will be held in the near future.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on June 14, 2016