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William "Bill" Grady Morris, Jr., 86, of Mooresville, NC, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at his home. Born in Statesville, July 12, 1926, he was the son of the late William Grady Morris Sr. and Margaret Bryant Morris. He was a graduate of Statesville High School and Virginia Tech University, with a degree in Forestry.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War, and was proud to serve on a submarine. Bill Qualified in submarines on the USS Billfish (SS-286) in 1945 and was a GM3(SS) when he left the Navy. He was a member of the Submarine Veterans of World War II.
Bill was a forester with Duke Power Company and retired in 1985. He was a member of the North Carolina Society of Forestry. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, smoking his pipe, and was proud to be a "Hokie" from Virginia Tech. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ellen Sain Morrisand son-in-law, Capt. James O. Hensley III, USMC. On Jan. 2, 1982, he was married to Deane Landis Morris, and she died Jan.18, 2008. Bill is survived by one son, Thomas A. Morris (Robin), of Raleigh; and two daughters, Karen M. Collins (Lenwood), of Greensboro, N.C., and Linda A. Morris, of Statesville. He is further survived by two step-daughters, Susan M. Ritchie (Don), of Crandall, Ga., Linda M. McRorie, of Atlanta, Ga.; and a stepson, Donald K. McRorie (Marsha), of Sunnyvale, Cali.; one granddaughter, Lara Hensley, of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Annette Morris, of Statesville; and two step-granddaughters, Megan and Jacqueline Martin, also surviv