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Larry Hyder Morrison

Larry Hyder Morrison passed away on February 10, 2021.

Larry Hyder Morrison was born July 5, 1941 in Lawndale, North Carolina to William Addie & Daisy Hyder Morrison.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by brothers William Leander & David Morrison, and twelve step-brothers and sisters. He was the son-in law of Jim and Martha Bridges who loved and treated him as if he were their own son.

Larry attended Piedmont Elementary, then Polkville High School. After school Larry worked in the Furniture Business for over forty-five years, retiring from Precedent Furniture Company in Newton, North Carolina in 2006.

Larry was a good son to his mother after his father died when Larry was only ten years old. Larry supported and cared for his mother until her death.

Larry married Brenda Bridges May 18, 1975 at Lawndale Baptist Church. On May 18, 2020 they celebrated 45 years of marriage. They met in Dr. Dwight Hord's Sunday School Class. Larry and Brenda raised three children: Michael Morrison (Crystal), Laura Morrison Surber (Chris), and Carole Ann Morrison Church (Robert). They are the proud grandparents of Aidan Surber, Starla Surber, Max Morrison, Lilia Morrison, and Andy Church. They are step-grandparents to Teri Church, Tony Church, and Lynlee Surber. They also considered Gary Weaver a special part of their family who was their lunch buddy for seven years, and Chihiro Asano of Ageo, Japan, an exchange student whom they hosted for her senior year at Burns High School. Also, a special part of their lives were the many friends of their children who came in and out of their home over the years.

Larry enjoyed many hobbies: gardening, woodwork, volunteering at Upper Cleveland UCAN, and volunteering with Boy Scouts. He built several pieces of furniture for his home under the guidance of his teacher, Gary Reynolds. After his retirement he also enjoyed cooking and proudly took credit for the things he prepared. He also loved his church, having served as an usher, deacon, and co-Sunday School teacher in the children's department. Larry was a Mason of Camp Call Chapter # 534 and an Eastern Star Member of Camp Call Chapter# 287. He was a member of Lawndale Baptist Church for over sixty years and most recently a member of Boiling Springs Baptist Church where he and Brenda enjoyed the Sunday School class of Dr. Alice Cullinan & volunteering with the Nursing Home Ministry.

Among the things Larry loved in life were his wife Brenda, his children, his family, his dog Little Bear, his home, his church, his God, the color red, John Deere tractors, going out to eat, blue grass music, gardening and canning, and most of all, people. He loved going to the beach, but the mountains held his heart. He loved good coffee, sweets, and ice cream. Larry was known for several special sayings: "Do you know anybody from Lawndale?" (he never met a stranger), "My wife is a teacher." (he was so proud), "Let it go in one ear & out the other." (to his kids), & "You look like a movie star (which always got a grin).

Larry found out October 2010 that he had stage four metastatic melanoma and began aggressive treatments that graced his family with ten more wonderful years. Those years gave him more time to enjoy his family, time to travel with Brenda and her Kappa friends to yearly Kappa Conventions where he experienced flying on a plane for the first time in his life, taking a cruise to the Mayan Ruins, and visiting many other states where he hung out with his Kappa Guy buddy Jim Hope. Larry also enjoyed Eastern Star Grand Chapter meetings in Durham, North Carolina where he was pleased to meet & get to know other Eastern Star members. He enjoyed visiting Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Oak Island, North Carolina for yearly beach trips with his children and grandchildren.

Larry was concerned about dying. At one appointment at Levine's, he expressed this concern to his doctor. Dr. Amin looked Larry in the eye and said, "Larry I don't want you to worry about dying. I want you to focus on living." Brenda & Larry reminded each other of this many times. Another comfort to Larry was "I love Jesus, He loves me, and everything is going to be okay." When he had days where he felt down, he would repeat this many times. Finally, one day before the melanoma began to take his body, he said to Brenda, "I hope when I die that Jesus is there to take my hand." To that Brenda said, "He will be, and I will be there holding the other one." And that was a promise she was able to keep.
Larry Morrison can be described as kind, humble, friendly, dependable, caring, generous, supportive, and most of all courageous. He is a true hero and will be held in the highest regard until Heaven calls us home to be with him once again. Praise be to God for giving him to us and for being there to take his hand and welcome him into his heavenly home.

The graveside service will be held at 3:00PM Friday, February 12, 2021 at Rose Hill Memorial Park with Rev. Keith McKinney officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150 or to Boy Scout Troop 112, PO Box 214 Polkville, NC 28136.

A guest register is available at www.stameytysingerfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stamey-Tysinger Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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