Anna Man Honored Through Scholarship Fund

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By Evie Allen
By Randy Livingston

UNION CO. -- The tragic death of Jimmy Morrison prompted community members to develop a scholarship fund in his name.

Jimmy Morrison was a star athlete at Anna-Jonesboro High School. Close friends of Morrison want to make sure his death was not in vain.

"We can't bring him back, that's not a possibility, but we can keep his memory alive," says longtime friend Eric Gulledge. 

It's been almost a month since Gulledge lost his long-time friend.

"Jim was a very likable guy," he says. "He just kind of had this personality that drew you to him."

Early on Apr. 12, Morrison was found outside a Douglas Street home in Anna. He died a short time later at Union County Hospital. Two men -- Jessie Bell and Travis Turner -- are charged with first degree murder in Morrison's death. Prosecutors say the two men beat Morrison with their fists and with a piece of wood.

Gulledge is determined to see something good come out of something so tragic. So he came up with a scholarship fund.  

"It's a way to give back to a person who is just like Jimmy, you know, a multi-sport athlete who is getting ready to go to the next level," explains Gulledge.

Morrison played basketball, football and baseball and excelled at all three. But it was baseball that took him to the Minor Leagues. In 1986, Morrison was drafted as pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.   

"He was a fantastic athlete. The best natural athlete I ever saw," says Gulledge.

The annual scholarship is worth $500 and will go to the best all-around male or female athlete at Anna-Jonesboro High School. 

"This gives his kids something to be proud of and a piece of their dad to hold on to," says Gulledge.    

Donations to the Jimmy Morrison Memorial Scholarship Foundation can be made at Anna State Bank. 

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