Lounell Caughman Morris

Lounell Caughman Morris, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior on November 22, 2017.  She passed away peacefully at The Claiborne in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, surrounded by her loved ones.

She is survived by four daughters:  Susan Williams (Neal), Miriam Seale, Carolyn Liddell (Hal) all of Hattiesburg, and Melissa Martens (Will) of Birmingham, Alabama; eleven grandchildren:  Trey Williams, Cory Williams, Susan Neal Williams, Caitlin Seale, Elise Seale, Laura Liddell Nolen, Morris Liddell, Thompson Liddell, Brannan Martens, Mimi Martens, and Maci Martens; and eight great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph Morris, and parents, D.W. Caughman and Odell Purvis Caughman.

Lounell was born on April 19, 1932, in Silver Creek, Mississippi.  She was voted Miss Silver Creek High, was a class officer for three years, and lettered as a member of the basketball team.  She loved traveling the surrounding area with her Daddy’s rolling grocery store-Caughman’s Rolling Store.  As an only child, Lounell was the apple of her daddy’s eye.  Upon graduation, she attended Mississippi College where she received her Secondary Permanent Professional Teaching License.  While at Mississippi College, Lounell was named a Campus Beauty.  One weekend, she and a group of friends offered a ride back to Mississippi College to a handsome hitchhiker named Ralph Morris.  Upon returning to campus, Ralph invited Lounell for a Coke and thus their courtship began.  They were married on April 20, 1952, in Silver Creek, Mississippi.  Their marriage spanned 64 years and was a true testament to a lasting love story.  Ralph nicknamed Lounell “Tweet”, and Lounell referred to him as “Tweet Tweet”, and they used those names for each other throughout their marriage.

Lounell worked at the Bank of Columbia for the first several years of their marriage.   In 1969, she moved with her family to Hattiesburg.

Lounell was a true Southern lady.  She was an active member at First Baptist Church Columbia and later, First Baptist Church Hattiesburg.  She taught numerous Sunday School classes with Ralph.  She was active in the Hattiesburg Morning Garden Club and Veleeta Club where she served as a committee member and as officers of both.  Her most treasured social activity was her “Wednesday Afternoon Coffee Drinking Club” where she spent time weekly with wonderful friends.

Lounell’s greatest joy was time spent with her family, in person, and by telephone.  She loved to cook and was a master in the kitchen cooking everything from meats to casseroles, vegetables and desserts. 

Services will be held at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg Monday, November 27, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.  She will be laid to rest at Highland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at the following link: