Broderick Crawford Morris was born to Carl and Dorothy Morris in Ashland, Kentucky on October 9, 1953. He was the 7th son, and 8th child of 11. The nickname BC, came while he worked for the Navy because the sailors refused to call him Brod. He always claimed that “He got by being quiet and shy in a world full of pushing and shove” but he was anything but… Basically he is a very sensitive guy who could be very rowdy. He graduated from Russell High School in Kentucky. He married Suzzie Anderson on August 13, 1975 for time and all eternity in the holy temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC.
Brod and Suzzie have 6 children together: John, Melissa Raye (Michael) Pozzo, Stephen Whiggy (Sarah), Amanda Boo (Tyler) Williams, Emily Emmy (Colter) Brink, and Brandon Maas (Kirsten). They went on many an adventure as a couple and as a family, some planned, but mostly directed by the seat of his pants. If it looked interesting while we were on the road, we detoured. What a wild ride we’ve had.
He loves music, especially songs that tell a sensitive or historical story. He collected guitars and loved to play for anyone, and to play with others. He had a gift for music that he shared with all who would listen.
Movies were a special part of his life, in fact, he was named after a famous movie star, Broderick Crawford, because his father saw the movie The Last Posse the night before he was born, and by then, they had used all of the common names for the 8 kids before him. He and his kids were always able to communicate through movie quotes, which left Suzzie out of the conversation. He loved audio books, and learned so much from them. His latest favorites were the Harry Potter series and he loved to play Mad Eye Moody, in fact he dressed as Professor Moody at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Studios in Florida. He was put to the front of every line as the “Vacationing Professor Moody”. He loved it.
BC was a man of many talents. He spent time working on navigation systems in the Air Force and on submarines and air craft carriers on the Aegis systems at the Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, MS. He was an electronics technician in the Air Force and for the United States Postal Service. He started schooling to become a nurse while he was working full time at the shipyard. Being an active and supportive dad called for him to leave Nursing school. He was also a letter carrier (mail man) in Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi. He hated being a letter carrier, he would do his route one day, and then he had to do the same thing the next day, it ate up his mind. His route was in the poorest part of town and he often asked his Heavenly Father what he had to learn so that he could stop delivering mail. One day he was inspired that he was not any better than the people he was serving, and that he needed the humility to continue to serve them, and he did. For years after that he purchased new basketball nets and new basketballs for the park that was in the middle of his route. Within the month he was offered the position to be an electronics technician for the US Postal Service. He served in many capacities in the National Association of Letter Carriers while he was a letter carrier, and then the American Postal Workers Union as an electronics technician, in a labor of love for over 30 years. He loved the union and his Brothers and Sisters locally, in the state and for the National Union. He WOULD NOT use a self-checkout at stores in support of jobs that were replaced by automation.
He had pride in his “vast garbage can of trivial knowledge”. He could tell you anything about the Civil War, any Jimmy Buffet or Mark Knopfler lyrics, or Harry Potter facts.
BC never met a stranger. He had a kind and generous heart. He was larger than life, and lived accordingly. His love language was giving and he never missed the opportunity. For Christmas every year he gave Suzzie a trip to Mardi Gras and the opportunity to visit her southern family, home, and friends, and to play with her beloved band friends and perform during the parades.
He always had a story to tell and we’re sure he is spreading them around the Spirit World with his loved ones and anyone else he can find to talk to. Suzzie always said that he was “working the room” and “entertaining the troops”. He had 2 “brushes with greatness”. On one of his many union trips he and his group happened up on Bill Clinton, and BC being BC, had to go over and talk to him. Bill knew he was from the south from his Kentucky accent and was surprised to find out BC was there from Idaho. They spoke for about 20 minutes when President Clinton told him to call him Bill. Oh that meant so much. Brod also asked him about Area 51, and asked Bill about his favorite jokes about him. A few months later, at another Union convention, Brod was in the front row and reached out as “Bill” walked by and told him that they had met a few months before. Bill recognized him and remembered that he was from Idaho. That was such a thrill for him.
At yet another Union conference in Washington DC, they were at the hotel and Suzzie needed ice and a coke. He went out and got the ice and coke and told Suzzie when he came back to the room that he had just met the first black president of the United States, Barak Obama. That was when Obama was in DC for freshman orientation for his first year in the Senate.
Brod’s most favorite thing is his family. He’s always been so proud of his family and never missed a chance to talk about them. His family has brought so much joy and happiness to his life. His eight grandchildren have multiplied that love. “Pop” is always funny and a wonderful center of his family. He is very missed, and we can’t wait to be reunited with him again to enjoy his special spirit and hear any new jokes he’s learned.
Services will be held on Friday, January 8th at 11am in the LDS Church on 1433 Gwen Dr., Pocatello. A live stream/recording will be available around 11am on the Cornelison Funeral Home Facebook page. Family will receive friends one hour prior to services. Interment will take place at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery - Blackfoot at 1pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home, 431 N. 15th Ave., Pocatello. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.cornelisonfh.com
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