Family-Placed Death Notice

MORRIS, Larry LARRY CLEO MORRIS Larry Cleo Morris, passed away on December 19, 2012 after an extended illness. He was born on December 10, 1933. Larry, a native Atlantan, attended Georgia Military Academy, Decatur High School, and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1955 with a degree in Industrial Management. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity and captain of both the baseball and football teams at Tech. Larry was honored as an All-American football player, All SEC, and inducted into both the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. After graduation from Tech he played twelve years of professional football with the Los Angeles Rams, the Chicago Bears, and the Atlanta Falcons. In 1963 he was named MVP of the World Champion Chicago Bears. Larry went on to establish a successful career in insurance and real estate development. In 1968 he was elected and served a term in the Georgia State Legislature. He is a member of Blackshear Place Baptist Church. Surviving relatives include his wife of 55 years, Kay Wilder Morris, currently of Flowery Branch, Georgia, son Chris and wife Cindy, and their children Olivia and Micah; son Britt and wife Kathy, and their children Katie, Emma, and Charlie; son Shan and wife Meri Beth, and their children Carson and Claire; daughter Kayanne and husband Eddie Staub, and their children Kaylin, Daniel, Nathan, Anna and Joseph. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Presbyterian Village for the love and quality care they gave him the last few years. Larry's greatest legacy to his family is his strong faith in God, expressed in the love and kindness shown through the years. He modeled remarkable perseverance and grace. Celebrating his home going and freedom, he will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held Friday, January 4, 2013, at 1:00 pm at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in Sandy Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Eagle Ranch, a Christian children's home at Eagle Ranch, P.O. Box 7200, Chestnut Mountain, GA 30502.

Funeral Home

H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel
173 Allen Road Ne Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 851-9900

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 21, 2012