James J. (Jimmy) Morton of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on July 6, 2014, at Heartland Rehab Center in Fort Worth. He had been suffering from a recent fall and the last stages of Alzheimer's. A memorial service and burial are pending at the Fort Worth/Dallas VA National Cemetery.
Jimmy was born March 9, 1930, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Lunie May and Robert Belton (R.B.) Morton. He was the sixth born to a family of eight children, all born there but the youngest, at which time the family left the Wichita Falls area.
His mother was told by a fortune teller that she would bear eight children in the order of girl, boy, girl, boy etc. and it happened just that way and the doctor was always informed ahead of time. Jimmy formerly lived in Big Spring in the early 1950s while working for T&P Railroad. He was later in business for himself and once owned a roller rink in Abilene, Texas, having grown up skating in the family roller rinks.
He eventually spent the remainder of his working life as a car salesman in Abilene, Fort Worth, LA, New Orleans and Denver, Colo. He married June Banister in Abilene, Texas, in his early 20s and they had three children. Although this marriage later dissolved, he never remarried and continued to love and be proud of his family. Jimmy was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents; sisters Betty Jayne Morton, Wanda Sue Morton and Johnnie Bledsoe of Los Angeles, Calif.; and three brothers, Don Morton of Palm Springs, Beverly Odell (Sonny) Morton at age 26 and Bobby Morton at age 10.
Jimmy is survived by his daughter, Gwendelyn Morton of Fort Worth, previously of Big Spring; two sons, Larry Pepper and wife Nila of Fort Worth and Dwain Estes (Ikey) Morton and wife Jamalyne of Fort Worth/Dallas; one sister, Patsy Morton Sharpnack and husband Joe of Big Spring; grandchildren, Amy Morton, Meredith Morton and Leandra Morton; great-grandchildren of Fort Worth; and June Morton of Fort Worth, the mother of their children.