Illinois Review extends condolences to the Morrison family as our friend Fieldon farmer and community leader Gary Morrison passed away last week and is being buried Monday.
Lawrence "Gary" Morrison, 76, went to live in his heavenly home at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Ill.
He was born Sept. 13, 1935, in Richwood Township, Jersey County, to the late Lawrence and Marjorie (Harmon) Morrison.On Jan. 1, 1960, he married Joyce Flatt from Eldred in Macomb, Ill.
He spent his life as a farmer on the Family Centennial Farm where he was born. Farming was more than a vocation; it was his life. Gary loved people, especially the younger ones. He was known for pointing his finger and giving loving advice and was fondly called pops and grandpa.
Over the years, he grew to have a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Gary was active in many organizations throughout his life and currently served as a director for MJM Electric Cooperative for over 20 years and the statewide AIEC Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, and Adopt a Family Farm Board of Directors, a Christian ministry in Sikeston, Mo. He was a Trustee of the Fieldon First Baptist Church, Richwood Township Trustee, Richwood Township Republican Committeeman, member of Tri County Antique Club/Cowboy Church, Trustee for Gunterman Cemetery and he was a member of the Jersey County Farm Bureau.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two special nephews, Don (Donna) Phillips of Jerseyville and David (Lisa) Phillips of Jerseyville; sisters, Janet (Richard) Gilworth of Jerseyville, Barbara Scott of Kirkwood, Mo., Carol (Tom) Vogel of St. Louis, Mo., Beverly Phillips of Alton, Karen (Pat) Heitzig of Alton, and Patty (Bob) Wetzel of Tennessee; many nieces and nephews, and a foster granddaughter, Jennifer Schultz Dougherty.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, George Morrison; and a sister, Connie Parsell.
Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at First Assembly of God Church, 500 Cross Ave. in Jerseyville, where services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25, with the Rev. Ralph "Bo" Schultz and the Rev. Larry Hayes officiating.
Burial will be at Gunterman Cemetery in Fieldon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fieldon First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Alexander and Gubser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangemendots.
First published in The Telegraph