Colonel Morris Lafever
Colonel Morris Lafever, USA (Ret.) passed from this life at the age of 87 Monday, July 2, 2018, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.
He was born Tuesday, January 13, 1931 to Joe J. and Kate (Foster) Lafever in the Wolf Creek Community in DeKalb County.
Morris was a graduate of Baxter Seminary (1949) and Tennessee Technological University (1953). While at Tech, he completed the Army ROTC program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1953. He served as an Army Officer for 23 years until his retirement in 1976 with the rank of Full Colonel. During his military career, he served overseas in many countries including South Korea (2 Tours), West Germany, South Vietnam, Thailand and Iran. He was assigned to many Command and Staff Positions in addition to serving as a Communications Advisor to the armies of Vietnam, Thailand, and Iran. As a result of his service, he was decorated with the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 times), Army Commendation Medal (2 times), and the Joint Service Commendation. Upon retirement from military service, he established and operated the Lafever Insurance Agency in Cookeville for more than 38 years with his sons. Morris married the love of his life,Katie Lee Clemons, in 1957 and they shared their life together for more than 60 years. Morris and Katie Had 3 Sons, David, Steven, and Daniel.
He is survived by his Wife:
Katie Lafever of Cookeville, TN
David M. Lafever of Chattanooga, TN
Daniel S. Lafever of Cookeville, TN
In addition to his parents Morris was preceded in death by a Son: Steven Lafever, and a twin Sister, Doris Lafever Nabors (Cookeville).
Funeral services for Morris will be held Friday, July 6, 2018 beginning at 11:00 am from the Chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home with Bro. Hillier Duke officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery, with Full Military Honors.
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 5, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm , and again on Friday, July 6, from 10:00am until time of service at 11:00 am.
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