Nell McCallum Morris

November 22, 1938 - May 24, 2021

Nell McCallum Morris was a creative, generous, and visionary woman who loved her family, community and friends. Nell was born in Carlisle, Texas on November 22, 1938, and died peacefully at her home on May 24, 2021. She and her sister Beverly were raised by their mother Wilma Adams and grandparents Nellie and Lee Boyle in Arp, Texas. Nell is survived by her beloved husband, Dr. William T. Morris and daughter Amy Morris, granddaughter Eliza Nell Beech, son-in-law Kenny Kurtzman and daughter Jennifer Morris and niece Stacy Crawley and children Lauren and Jonathon Crawley. Nell is also survived by sisters Teresa Mattingly and Caroline Thoman and a vast number of friends she made on her remarkable life’s journey. She is predeceased by her grandparents, mother, sister, and nephew, Les Crawley. Nell was a long-time faithful member and supporter of Calder Baptist Church and Young Life and was a very spiritual person who lived her faith openly.

Nell was a fifth-generation Texan. After college, she began a career as an Official Court Reporter in Marshall, Texas. She began freelance reporting in Beaumont in 1968; and, in l984, after a 16-year partnership, established the court reporting firm of Nell McCallum & Associates in Beaumont and Houston, a successful woman-owned business. Nell was often recognized by the Texas Court Reporter Association and was strong supporter of court reporters throughout the state. From the start of Char-Nel with Bobbie Leon, she credited her long-time success to the current Nell McCallum & Associates leaders in Beaumont, Laurie Messina and Cynthia Barnes and in Houston, her daughter Amy Morris. She was a trailblazer for women-owned businesses. Nell chaired multiple committees for Texas Court Reporters Association (TCRA) organization, as well as conducted numerous seminars and lectures. In June, l999, she was honored with the TCRA’s Altruism Award and the Texas Stars of Honor in 2004. In 2006, The Texas Court Reporters Association conferred upon Nell the professional distinction of Fellow of the Texas Hall of Fame, the most prestigious recognition given to a member of the profession in The State of Texas.

Her business success was only a portion of her contribution to a remarkable life. Her interests included supporting children from Buckners, to public schools to colleges and universities. Her volunteer work focused on health and underserved neighbors in the community. Her dedication to helping others is too extensive to list. For her volunteer work,

Nell was honored by the American Heart Association as its “Woman with Heart,” and she was named to “Women of Excellence” by the Beaumont YWCA. In recognition of Nell’s service and dedication to The Women’s and Children’s Shelter of Southeast Texas and Family Services of Beaumont, she was honored as a lifetime member of the Board of Directors of Family Services of Beaumont.

Nell’s name was synonymous with The Gift of Life founded by her great friend Regina Rogers. She was serving her twenty-third year as President of The Gift of Life, an organization which provides breast cancer and prostate cancer screening for the medically underserved in Southeast Texas, as well as providing educational outreach programs regarding cancer prevention and smoking cessation to Southeast Texas. Nell was a strong supporter of the arts as well. Nell was a past President of the Symphony of Southeast Texas, a past member of the Board of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, as well as a Board Member of many other local and regional organizations.

Lamar University was an important part of Nell’s volunteer and fundraising efforts. She served as a Trustee for the Lamar University Foundation for 16 years as well as a member of its Executive Committee. She was a past President of Lamar University Friends of the Arts and chaired the Grand Bal several times. The Grand Bal is the annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Arts, which provides scholarships for students at the College of Fine Arts. She was a past honoree of this fundraiser, and she and Dr. Morris have continued their support.

In 2002, The Jefferson County Mental Health Association honored Nell with the Julie Rogers Special Service Award, which is presented annually to persons in Jefferson County for outstanding community involvement and to “a person who demonstrated a talent to make the world a better place in which to live.” This statement personifies Nell Morris. In April 2005, Nell and Terry were named “The Neches River Festival 2005 Citizens of the Year,” in Beaumont, Texas. The Julie Rogers Gift of Life Program honored Nell with the prestigious “VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR” award, recognizing her many hours of service to The Gift of Life among many other awards and commendations.

Nell was a beautiful, talented, brave and loyal friend and will be missed by all who knew her. In memory of Nell, please consider a memorial donation to the Gift of Life, 2390 Dowlen Rd, Beaumont, TX 77706.

A gathering of Mrs. Morris’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 28, 2021, at Calder Baptist Church, 1005 North 11th street, Beaumont, with her dear friend Dr. Jim Fuller presiding, followed by a reception at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main Street, Beaumont.


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Randy Trahan

Nell was a wonderful lady and a community leader. She will be missed by so many, many people. May she Rest In Peace.


Sad to hear than Nell has passed, she was a wonderful caring person.

Susan simmons

A very special lady! She will be missed greatly.. She loved to gather friends for meals and fellowship.. Our prayers are with Terry snd family.

Becky & Rodney Ames

What a loss to our business community, non-profit organizations and she was truly a good friend that will be truly missed. Our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with Terry and the family. Nell was one of the kindest people we knew and also was a proven strong leader in anything she decided to take on. Nell was always just a phone call away when her input or advice was needed. We are so glad Nell was part of our life.

Kristin Williamson Beal

Dear Dr. Morris, Amy & Jennifer, Praying for your comfort and peace. Although I did not know Nell very well, I know she loved you all very much! May she Rest In Peace. Thinking of you all. Love, Kristin

Dr. Albert Reyes, CEO, Buckner International

Nell was an amazing and faithful board member of Buckner International. She served with grace, energy, and enthusiasm. We offer our prayers this day on behalf of the Morris family. She is already greatly missed.

Debbie Ray

Angie....I am so sorry for your loss....Praying for you and the Family.....

Karen Stanfield

I first met Nell and Charlotte when I moved to the "big city" in 1978, as the proprietors of Char-Nel Reporting. Nell pioneered the local world of court reporting services when she laid down her old-school pen and notebook and moved into the future- establishing the one and only reporting firm that I have trusted without fail, Nell McCallum & Associates, Inc. has been alongside me at every career change for the last 44 years of my life, from a small office's litigation needs, to mass tort litigation with thousands of clients, and back again, Nell is representative of the best times to have worked in litigation (and of those lavish and unforgettable Christmas parties, anticipated all year by everyone). She is an icon in my world and to so many of us who have depended on her hard work and dedication, to be successful in ours.

Karen Harris-Damerau

How fortunate I was to join NMA as a court reporter in November 1986. My prayers go out to Nell's beloved Terry, to Nell's family, and to the many organizations to which she contributed her talents and energy, as she leaves a void which cannot be filled.

Jamie Brickhouse

I am deeply bereft. Nell was a dear family friend whose kind heart was bottomless, and she was generous in every way. Michael and I send our love and sympathy to Nell's family and many friends, but especially to Terry, Amy and Jennifer.

Kimberly Allen-Wolfford

I have known Nell for over 25 years. She was a dynamic and multi-faceted human being that had a beautiful mixture of business savvy, leadership, compassion and philanthropy. God rest her soul. Prayers for those she leaves behind that knew her and loved her.

Betsy Boyt

Nell inspired and influenced so many of us. She exemplified what a good citizen should be. She will be missed by all who knew her. My love to Terry and the family

Shawn Kelley

What a wonderful lady. I hope Terry, Amy and the rest of the family will be comforted knowing that she is in a better place. Will miss you, Nell.

Gail Jenkins

I’ve known and loved Nell since the early 80’s when she was the court reporter on my first “big” deposition as lead counsel. If anything, I had over-prepared for that depo, but even asa young lawyer I knew it wasn’t going too well. When we took the lunch break she insisted on taking me to lunch, where she enlightened me on. what was working, and what was not. Looking back, it was the best a advice I received for the next 30 years.. We quickly became close friends, as did our husbands, and thus began a 40 year,, 4 way friendship involving shared vacations, and world travel,. Nell was a consummate professional, and a true state and national leader in her field. Gail Jenkins Brenham, Tx

Julie Diane Hatcher

I had the privilege to be with Nell every Wednesday for 20 years and style her hair. We had the best conversations and laughed alot while working on her hair. I will really miss you Nell. Love you!

Celia Crittenden

I loved Nell so much! What an asset she was to our community.. I know she had not felt well for awhile and I am thankful that she is now well and in heaven! Will never forget our trip to Scotland, England and Norway. Our host in Norway really took a liking to her!! Yea at the Dorchester waiting to see Elizabeth Taylor!! Terry-you were a lucky man to have had her as your wife. I do grieve for all of you that were close family and friends.

Melinda Garriga

My prayers and condolences to Mrs. Morris' family and wonderful staff at her office(s). What an amazing leader and supporter of the court reporting industry. May she rest in peace.