William W. Morris 1931-2013

NILES – William Walton Morris, 82, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

He was born March 24, 1931, in Augusta, Ga., the son of the late Lamar and Frances Hickman Morris.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston, his master’s degree from Duke University and his doctorate from John Hopkins University. He was a cost analyst with Thomas Steel and was a professor at several universities, including Franklin and Marshall University, the College of Charleston, the University of North Carolina and Florida State University.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.

Walton was a member of St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church and Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.

Memories of Walton will be carried on by his three sons, James Morris of Niles, Thomas (Roxane) Morris of Howland and David (Angela) Morris of Youngstown; his daughter, Katherine (Kent) Hall of Charleston, S.C.; brother, Ernest (Ellen) Morris of Winston Salem, N.C.; and six grandchildren, Gregory and Jeffrey Hall, Robert, Jonnah, David Jr. and Spencer Morris.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Gisela Burgdorf Morris, whom he married on Feb. 25, 1956; and two grandchildren, Grace Morris and Douglas Hall.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home. Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, where the Rev. Dee Emmert will officiate.

Walton will be laid to rest in Pineview Memorial Park, Warren.

The family requests that material contributions be made to St. Mark Lutheran Church, 571 Parkman Road S.W., Warren, OH 44485, in his memory.

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