Erma Morse of James Island took an eternal flight home Saturday. She was 74. The relatives and friends of Erma Morse were invited to attend her funeral service at 11:00 Friday, February 14, 2014, from the sanctuary of Fort Johnson Baptist Church, 1473 Camp Road on James Island, S.C. A reception and time of celebration immediately followed in the church fellowship hall. At her request, cremation had taken place and burial was in private.
Erma was born in Baxley and grew up in Savannah. She began college at Armstrong State University where she met her husband, Jack. Erma later transferred to UGA and graduated with a degree in Home Economics. She began teaching elementary school in Savannah then moved to Charleston, S.C. when she and Jack married in 1961. She was the first teacher hired at O’Quinn School on James Island, S.C. and finished her teaching career 30 years later by retiring from Sea Island Academy on Johns Island, S.C. Erma was very active in WMU plus other committees and functions at Fort Johnson Baptist Church. She loved to travel and escaped town often with her daughter.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Jack, of James Island; her sister, Lynda Holland Huey of James Island, S.C.; one son, John, and his wife, Kathy, of Culpeper, VA; one daughter, Tali, of Charleston, S.C.; one niece, Jennifer Thompson of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., six grandchildren, two grandnieces, and her beloved pug, Sumter.
Erma was such a lovely lady, simply southern, outgoing, funny, a wonderful cook, and full of spunk and sass; she will be missed terribly by all that knew her and the students whose lives she touched.
The Morse family would like to extend their sincerest heartfelt thanks to Dr. David Ellison and his staff at Charleston Hematology Oncology Associates; the sweet, caring, and lovely ladies of Roper 5th floor cancer unit, Dr. William Wilson and his nurse, Norma, of Mt. Pleasant Family Practice, Dr. Lee Leddy, Dr. Bubba Gilmore, Amedysis Home Health, the Deaton family, Fort Johnson Baptist Church, Hospice of Charleston, as well as caregivers, friends, neighbors, church members, nurses, and techs that we worked with or received help from. It was a long journey and we all fought the good fight - God Bless each and every one of you and thanks so much for your compassion and assistance. Also, a huge thank you goes to the clients of Jack and employers of Tali who made caregiving possible through amended work schedules.
Online condolences may be offered at www.JamesAMcAlister.com. Donations in Erma’s memory may be made to the WMU of Fort Johnson Baptist Church.
Arrangements were by James A. McAlister Funerals and Cremation in Charleston, South Carolina.
Erma’s physical rest will be at Holy Cross on James Island, S.C.