Larry Lee Morrison                                                

Larry Lee Morrison, 63, of Mount Alto died in a tragic dozer accident on the family farm on July 2, 2007.

He was born Oct. 6, 1943, in Cottageville and was baptized on the same day at Cottageville Methodist Church. He was raised by his loving mother, Willogene Winter Ohlinger, and an uncle, Joe Winter, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his father, Dencil Morrison.

Larry graduated from Wahama High School, Mason, and, following his graduation, he served in the United States Army. He received his training at Fort Seal, Okla., and then six years with the Reserves.

He was an equipment operator in the plate department at Alcan Rolled Products, Ravenswood, with 42 years of service, and was the number one, senior man in the plant. He was a member of the United Steelworkers Union Local 5668, the Operating Engineers Union Local 132 and the Laborers Union.

In 1965, he joined the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department, where he was currently serving as chief. Larry's garage workshop was the “community center” for many people over the years.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Maxine Marie Wheeler Morrison. Larry and Maxine were married on Jan. 13, 1963. They raised two sons, Matthew Lee and Michael Drew. Their daughters-in-law, Rhonda Gayle Wines Morrison and Angela Marie Wheatcraft Morrison, are considered equal members of the family. Grandchildren, Megan Danylle Morrison, Caleb Lee Morrison, Alisha Michelle Morrison and Michele Marie Morrison, are close by in their lives.

Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 6, at McCoy's Conference Center, Ripley, with the Rev. Curtis Sayre and Chaplain Robert Bibbee officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto, where Larry will be honored with the fireman's “last call.”

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the conference center.

Fire departments and emergency squads are encouraged to attend the service with apparatus.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to the Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 115, Cottageville, WV 25239.

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