The Jake Morris Scholarship Fund

28198284_15203517330_r.jpegJake Morris, a native of Sparta TN, loved everything about life. As a child, he was raised in a competitive household and developed a passion for being outdoors and on the move. He was a White County Warrior most of his life, and played football for both White County High School and Cumberland College in Kentucky. He played various positions, but his most prominent was linebacker. He was voted as “Most Athletic”, and graduated from WCHS in 1998- receiving numerous sports awards during his life. 

Later in life, Jake volunteer coached for Sparta Youth Football. During this nearly 5 year adventure, he was able to impact thousands of kids and their families. Blessed to be part of numerous championship with his teams, he was known for being the calm, strong coach- and he loved every minute of it. 

In 2017, Jake was diagnosed with a very rare, and very aggressive form of cancer called Sarcoma. He had no history in his family of this, and by all other accounts was as strong as an ox his entire life. Jake elected to proceed with a rigorous treatment plan to include chemotherapy and radiation. In the final months of his life, Jake found himself unable to walk or enjoy many of the things in life he had before. But this didn’t phase him. He fought VERY HARD, and was able to see the birth of his second child Mylee. He continued daily to give his best as well to his 2 year old son Mark, wife of 12 years Latessa, and close family and friends. On December 1, 2017, Jake won his battle and made it to Heaven at the age of 38. 

This scholarship fund, entitled the Jake Morris “A Brother in the Trenches” Scholarship was created in order to provide funds to a high school senior member of the football team. It was Jakes desire to see people taken care of.  Those who were blessed to know him, appreciated “the Brotherhood” you became a part of. He was committed to helping anyone and everyone. And had a special place in his heart for kids, especially those soon entering the world to begin their adult life. 

This scholarship fundraiser will continue  until just before high school graduation, in May 2018. Lead by the vision of his brother in law Sampson Choate, and family- there are already funds set aside to kickstart this initiative. We ask you to consider donating to this awesome fund in Jakes honor. 


  • Foglight Foodhouse 
    • $100 (Offline)
    • 41 mos
  • Granny Choate 
    • $310 (Offline)
    • 42 mos
  • Katie Cotten 
    • $22 
    • 42 mos
  • Victoria Cogdill 
    • $100 
    • 42 mos
  • Jake Night 
    • $1,578 (Offline)
    • 42 mos
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Latessa Morris 
Cambridge, TN
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