Dr. John William Morris passed away Oct. 12, 2012.
He was born on Sept. 25, 1919, in Fort Worth, son of George Tandy and Birdie Mae Baxley Morris.
He attended Pascal High School in Fort Worth, East Texas State College, TCU and Southwestern Medical School earning his doctor of Medicine degree specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat.
He married Mary Lou Brady on March 16, 1946, at Trinity Church in Dallas.
Dr. Morris honorably served his country in both the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and then the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He began his medical practice in Greenville with his uncle, Dr. T.C. Strickland in 1950, a career that spanned more than 50 years.
He was preceded in death by his only sibling, George Tandy Morris Jr., and his parents.
He is survived by his wife and three sons, John William Morris Jr. and wife Melissa of Franklin, Wis., Thomas Brady Morris and wife Laura and family of Rincon, Ga., Gerald Andrew Morris and wife Mary Jane and family; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
There are too many accomplishments to list them all, but most notably Dr. Morris served on the Greenville City Council and was named Worthy Citizen of the Year.
Also, he, Dr. John C. Vallancey, Dr. James Nicholson and others were largely responsible for organizing the Greenville Hospital District; and he served as the first chief of staff of what is now the Hunt Memorial Regional Medical Center.
He was a longtime member of the Greenville YMCA and Kavanaugh United Methodist Church.
More importantly, Dr. Morris had such a positive impact on so many peoples’ lives that his memory will live on.
Per his request, Dr. Morris’ body was donated to his alma mater, Southwestern Medical School.
A memorial service will be Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Kavanaugh United Methodist Church. A brief reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
Donations can be made in his memory to the YMCA building fund, directly to the Y or to the YMCA New Building Fund at American National Bank.