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Originally published: 2013-10-14 13:19:23
Last modified: 2013-10-15 08:48:34

Ross Morrison Jr

Ross Morrison, Jr, 81, of Harrisburg, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at University Hospital CMC following several years of declining health.

Morrison was born May 7, 1932, in Charlotte, the son of the late Ross M. Morrison, Sr. and Beatrice Blackwelder Morrison. He retired as the owner and operator of Ross Morrison Machinery Company.

Morrison served as President of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for 16 years. In recognition of his many years of service to the Grandfather Games, he was awarded the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the Agnes MacRae Morton Award and the Founders Award.

In addition to his contributions to the Grandfather Mountain Games, Morrison judged Scottish Athletics at Highland Games throughout the southeast. In recognition of his service he was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel from the Glascow Highland Games in Kentucky, the Order of Merit from the Alabama Highland Games in Montgomery, an Athletic Judge Award from the Jacksonville Highland Games in Florida and the Loch Norman Highland Games “Hairy Coo” Award for 10 years of service as Scottish Heavy Athletics Director.

Morrison was a member and elder of Rocky River Presbyterian Church, in recognition of his dedication to the church he was awarded the Faithful Servant Commendation. He was an active member of the Charlotte Chapter of the Robert Burns Society and the Kingdom of Raknar. He was an Eagle Scout and a Korean War Veteran having served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Polaris AF-11 and the U.S.S. Piper SS-409.

His wife of 49 years, Ruth Angelovich Morrison and sister Reba Florence Morrison preceded him in death. Survivors include his three children and their spouses, Ross “Kinny” McKinnon Morrison, III (Deatry Bost) of Harrisburg, Johnna Ritchie (Dale) and Krista Eason (Malcolm) of Concord. His grandchildren are Melissa Morrison of Walnut Creek, Calif., Mark Morrison of Harrisburg, Ethan Ritchie of Cary, and Kendal Ritchie, Joseph Eason and Micheal Eason of Concord. Survivors also include his sister-in-law, Gianna d’Angelo of Mint Hill.

The family received friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Wilkinson Funeral Home. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Rocky River Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Kyle Hite officiating. The burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, P.O. Box 1095, Linville, NC 28646 or Rocky River Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 7940 Rocky River Rd., Concord, NC 28025.

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