Dr. James Cohen Morrison Jr., 91, of Gainesville, Ga., passed away peacefully at his home of natural causes on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.
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Born in Gainesville, Ga., he was the son of the late Dr. James Cohen and Mittie Peeler Morrison.
Dr. Morrison was a graduate of Gainesville High School in 1939, where he lettered in three sports: football, baseball, and basketball. He attended North Georgia College from 1939-1941. In 1941, he transferred to the University of Georgia where he played baseball as a starting varsity pitcher, and there he received his bachelor's in business administration degree in 1942. On Dec. 27, 1942, he married Ruth Ashford Lumsden. Dr. Morrison entered the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School at Harvard University in 1942, and was assigned to the USS President Monroe as a supply officer. Dr. Morrison was honorably discharged from the Navy with the rank of lieutenant. When he returned in 1946 from his service in World War II, he continued his education at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn., where he received his doctorate of optometry degree in 1948. While attending SCO, he made the highest grade ever given to a student at that time. Dr. Morrison practiced in Gainesville for the next 56 years. Dr. Morrison received the Lifetime Appreciation Award in 2008, from the American Optometric Association, for over 50 years of continuous service.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 7, the Gainesville Elks Club, the Gainesville Jaycees, and was board chairman of the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department. He was a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church for 65 years where he also served as church treasurer.
Dr. Morrison was the son of an optometrist, and his son, Dr. Bill Morrison, is also an optometrist. The three together have provided eye care to the Gainesville area continuously for 97 years. Dr. J.C. Morrison Sr. received his original optometry license in 1915, in Hickory, N.C. He then moved to Gainesville, Ga., and received his Georgia optometry license in 1917. Dr. Morrison Sr. also opened a jewelry store in 1917. He practiced 10 years until he was "conned" by an unscrupulous man, causing the jewelry business to go bankrupt. He then moved to Thomaston, Ga., later returning to Gainesville to practice optometry and continued until 1964, for a total of 47 years. Dr. J.C. Morrison Jr. opened his practice with his dad in 1948, with a branch office in Buford, Ga. On Bradford Street in Gainesville, his brother Bill had a taxi service business and Atlanta Journal-Constitution delivery service in the back of their building. Dr. J.C. Morrison Jr. practiced there until 1979, and then moved to Brenau Avenue. He moved to Sherwood Park Drive in 2003, and joined his son, Dr. Bill Morrison, in practice until 2006, when he retired after 56 years of practice. Dr. Bill Morrison started his practice in 1975 with his dad on Bradford Street and in Buford until 1979. He then he built an office on Sherwood Park Drive and has been in practice for 34 years.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Morrison is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Lumsden Morrison; son, James Thomas "Jim" Morrison; and siblings, Zelda Mae Morrison, William James "Bill" Morrison, Elizabeth Amanda Morrison, Harvey Peeler Morrison and Creola Ruth Morrison.
Dr. Morrison is survived by his children, Dr. William "Bill" Lumsden Morrison of Gainesville, Ga., Victoria "Vicki" Ruth Morrison (Terry Nyhagen) of Brimson, Minn., David "Dave" Jackson Morrison of Asheville, N.C., and Jim's wife, Louise England Morrison of Gainesville; grandchildren, James Thorance "Thor" and Lee Ann Morrison, Richmond, Ky., Meg and Matt Zink of Nashville, Tenn., Alex and Emily Morrison of Suwanee, Ga., Matthew and Jennifer Morrison of Newnan, Ga., and Mike Morrison of Newnan, Ga; and great-grandchildren, Jim Morrison, Anne Morrison, Thomas Morrison, Maggie Chase Morrison, and Cooper James Morrison.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the Little-Davenport Chapel. Dr. Terry Walton will officiate. Interment will be in Alta Vista Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Little & Davenport Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, from 6-8 p.m.
Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made to The First United Methodist Church Children and Youth First Building Fund, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506, or to the Disabled American Vets, Gainesville Chapter, P.O. Box 6055, Gainesville, GA 30504.
Those wishing to make online condolences may do so at www.littledavenport.com.
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway SW, Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.
Little-Davenport Funeral Home
355 Dawsonville Highway Southwest Gainesville, GA 30501
Published in gainesvilletimes.com from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2013