Morton, Jackson Bruce
August 3, 1930 - January 19, 2021
Jackson Bruce (Bruce) Morton, of Greensboro, NC, passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at Whitestone Care and Wellness Center, at the age of 90. He was born in Greensboro on August 3, 1930, the son of Jackson and Fannie Bolling Hobson Morton. He was the younger brother of Margaret Morton Anderson, who preceded him in death.
Bruce was married to Sidney Newton Morton for sixty years, before her passing in 2017. They raised four children, Meg Munson (Greensboro – husband, Karl Munson), Lee Dawkins (Atlanta – husband, Chris Dawkins), Dan Morton (Wilmington – wife, Amy Haithcock Morton), and Page Lawing (Greensboro – husband, David Lawing). Bruce and Sidney, having sacrificed for years to raise their children, were able to enjoy travel as their children gained independence, including trips to Greece, China, Malta, Egypt, France, England, and Eastern Europe. They studied and took pains to understand and appreciate the histories and cultures of the countries that they visited. Bruce also enjoyed fishing, sailing, Carolina football, Carolina Basketball, the Redskins, the Panthers, and good beer. He was an avid reader. His ideal beach vacation included lots of reading and relaxation. He loved dogs and cats, including Bruin, Rags, Tasha, Nelson, Purkins, and Midnight. He loved grilling in his backyard, with his dog by his side. He generally addressed his family by their nicknames. He was adept at assigning nicknames. He loved a good joke and was never one to take himself too seriously.
Bruce grew up in Greensboro, attended Grimsley High School (then Greensboro Senior High) and Guilford College, where he graduated cum laude, with a degree in history. He attended the University of North Carolina School of Law and graduated in 1955. He served a tour of duty in the United States Army and was posted in the United States and Europe. He practiced law in Gastonia and Brevard and then accepted a position with the North Carolina attorney general, where he tried land condemnation cases across the state. He then entered the private practice of law in Greensboro. Bruce later served for twelve years on the Guilford County District Court Bench, eight of those years as Chief District Court judge. He served as president of the North Carolina Conference of Chief District Court Judges and as an instructor at the District Court Judges' School. After his retirement, he served as Special District Court judge and held court on a part-time basis throughout the state.
Bruce was a lifelong member of Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church. As a youth he served as an acolyte. As an adult he served on the Vestry and for many years led a men's Bible study group.
In addition to his four children, Bruce is survived by his nephew and niece, Lee Newton and Sidney Newton Schwan, 8 grandchildren, Emily Hendricks (John), Katy Dawkins, Nathan Dawkins (Liz), Mitchell Dawkins, Ben Morton, Jackson Morton, Caroline Hayes (Matt), and Scott Lawing and 5 great-grandchildren, Josie Hendricks, Bela Hendricks, Sam Dawkins, Ellis Dawkins, and Harper Hayes.
The family will have a private inurnment at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church's Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate any donations in Bruce's honor be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2105 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27403.
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Published by Greensboro News & Record on Jan. 22, 2021.