Wilmington, NC

MORRIS JOHN WOODLAND MORRIS II September 10, 1921 - August 20, 2013 Lieutenant General (R) John "Jack" W. Morris II, 91, died August 20, 2013 at Davis Health Care Center. He had been a patient at the Davis Health Care Center since July of this year. Born in Princess Anne, Maryland, on September 10, 1921, to John Earl and Alice Morris, Jack graduated high school from Charlotte Hall Military Academy and then attended Western Maryland College. He entered the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in July 1940 as a member of the Class of 1944. Due to World War II, his class was accelerated and he graduated as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers on June 6, 1943. While on assignment in the Philippines, he met 1st Lieutenant Geraldine Ludwig, a Flight Nurse in the Army Air Corps. Jack and Gerry were married on 12 May 1947, in St. John's Episcopal Church in Wilmington, North Carolina. Over the next three decades Jack served in critical staff and command. He was sworn in as the 44th Chief of Engineers on July 1, 1976. Jack retired in 1980 with over 37 years of service and held the rank of Lieutenant General. Upon retirement, Jack started his own company and provided consulting services to some 50 firms, many from overseas. Recognitions continued to come his way but none more cherished that his selection as a Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Military Academy in 1989. Due to the failing health of his wife, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2004. Jack actively participated in the activities at Plantation Village and served on numerous committees. Jack was a member of All Saints Anglican Parish. He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Gerry. He is survived by his daughter Susan M. Nelson and husband James A.; son, John W. Morris III and wife Tamelia: four grandchildren, John Nelson, Jessica M. Friley and her husband James, Chelsea Morris, and John W. Morris IV; great grandson, Damon Friley; and two nieces Sandra and husband Larry Parker and Cecilia Ann Pennington. Family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel, Wilmington, NC. His funeral is to be held at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, 1:30 p.m. September 4, with interment immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring his memory with a contribution in support of the General John W Morris Graduate Scholarship Endowment at the University of Maryland. This will support a graduate student within the Department of Civil Engineering who has served in the military or has had a relative serve in the military. Contributions are tax deductible. Please make your check out to UMCPF and in the memo/for section include "General Morris Endowment". Mail the checks to Sammy Popat, University of Maryland, 3207 Kim Engineering Building, College Park, MD 20742. Full obituary may be viewed and condolences may be sent to the family at Andrews Market Street Chapel

Published by The Washington Post on Aug. 25, 2013.
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Heartfelt sympathies from Anne M Schroeder and Tom Schroeder
Tom Schroeder
September 9, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the extended family of General Morris. When I moved to Wrightsville Beach, NC in 1981 he sold me a beach cottage (where we went to raise our family). He also held the mortgage- no background check, no papers...just a handshake. Will never forget. I owe him more than my start in Wilmington and I appreciate(d) his trust in us. A general and a gentleman. Tony Puente
Tony Puente
August 30, 2013
Sorry for your loss. Could you tell me where he is being buried and when Gerry died.
Jim Morris
August 29, 2013
The general was one of life's great people. We so valued his friendship and always admired his wisdom, wit, and charm. How privileged we were to have known him. Our deepest sympathies go to his family.
Rosemary DePaolo and Fred Wharton
Rosemary DePaolo
August 29, 2013
My deepest sympathies are conveyed to the family of LTG Jack Morris who was a role model as a soldier to me and many others and a very close friend of the late General Alexander Haig. I will never forget the good times both these fine Generals and true patriots shared together in DC, Idaho, China and elsewhere. I was honored to be in their presence on many occasions. May LTG Morris rest in peace and may it be said of him "well done"! Woody Goldberg, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and former Chief of Staff to General Haig.
Woody Goldberg
August 29, 2013
With our deepest sympathy. You will truly be missed.
Judy Holliday
August 29, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Frank Muller III
August 29, 2013
Susan & John,

Your Dad was a friend and mentor for over 28 years. We will miss him terribly but will remember a life well lived. His love for Gerry and for you Susan and John was evident in every visit we had over those years.
Honoring his life is so appropriate and what a life it was. From a life as a lad in Eastern Md. to a graduate of West Point, winning the half mile relay championship of America, World War II in the Marianas, Meeting Gerry in war time, Service in Korea, Appointed As Deputy Commander at West Point, As a General in Viet Nam, Upon return as Director of Civil Works, in charge of building the waterway infrastructure of this nation's heartland, Attaining the three star top Engineering Post in this country, Face to face dealings with our President and many world leaders, Oversight activities with the Panama Canal, The Suez Canal, Saudi Arabian King Khalid Military Community, Execution of the National Dam Safety Act, Israel Negev Airfields, US China Three Gorges Dam Project Advisor, Writer, Teacher, Business Executive, Board Member, Entrepreneur, historian, Named Distinguished Graduate of West Point in 1998...He gave and he shared himself with individuals he met and with and for his country. He may use the Thayer Gate at West Point on the 4th. His class enhanced that gate and the words there state "When We Depart From Thee, Serving On Land Or Sea, May We Still Loyal Be, West Point To Thee"...It will be fitting when all who see him standup because John and Susan..."Your Father Is Passing"! God bless you and family...We will always remember him! We loved him too!

Jim & Marlene Tegeder
August 29, 2013
I will miss you.

Cousin Dorothy
Dorothy Scott
August 29, 2013
You were an amazing man, General, husband and friend. You touched so many lives and never settled for less than the very best! You were a blessing and knowing you enriched my life immensely. My heart is heavy for the loss but rejoicing that you are reunited with Gerry once again! Till we meet again, my friend.
Ruth Finch
August 28, 2013
Susan, John and the Morris Family:
Jack was our wonderful neighbour ,and friend. He displayed honour, integrity, kindness and wit during our tenure here at PV. Harry and Jack spent many an afternoon sorting out history and all the good and bad that it infers. I miss them both.
Marlene Nelson
August 27, 2013
You will be our thoughts and prayers as you return to West Point to bury your father. We did not know him well, but in our brief meetings he seemed to be an amazing man. Patti Muller and Frank Muller III
Patti Muller
August 27, 2013
Growing up on Lynnbrook Drive in Arlington VA and having Gen & Gerry Morris as neighbors and friends of my parents was the greatest blessing and role model that a young man could ever have. My formative years are vividly etched with memories of the sounds of singing & laughter & stories from the "singing Generals" aka Morris, Sawyer, and Mathe. God Bless them...I miss them all...and with deepest sympathy for your loss. Bill & Unie
Bill Mathe
August 26, 2013
I met General Morris shortly after I moved to Wilmington in 2007. I provided secretarial services to him, creating many letters, personal documents, etc. Along the way we became very good friends. He became a fan of Thai food after having it for dinner at my home one evening. Oatmeal Raisin cookies were one of his favorites. Mr. Morris, as I always called him, was a very special friend and I will miss him dearly.
Eileen Zwielich
August 25, 2013
I am retired from Plantation Village. I worked there for 10 years as Receptionist. It was truly an honor to work for such a distinguished individual. He was truly a fine gentleman. He was a special man and always said "Bonnie, what would I do without you typing for me"! Condolences to the family.
Bonnie Morgan
August 25, 2013
John and family, Two employees of the control structure came over and told Paul and I that your father had passed away. Paul never met him And i had the occasion to meet him twice. they remarkably remembered your being here in the early 80"s and knew we were friends. we all send our sympathies and hope we have the occasion to visit in the near future. I guess we will be in DC sometime in the next several months to attend a reception after my daughters wedding in two weeks, We will def see that you are there, with our sympathies I am GREG
August 24, 2013
A mentor, leader and friend. I'll miss you, Sir.

August 24, 2013
To The Morris Family:

So much can be said about such an amazing man, warmth, spirit, charm, strength, Class Act All The Way. I am blessed to have known you even for a short time, God Be With You All, Debra Colon, CNA @ Plantation Village
Debra Colon
August 22, 2013
I will forever be grateful for the friendship and inspiration he brought to my life.
Michael Brown
August 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mike&Helen Morgan
August 22, 2013
In memory of such a wonderful person.
Stacy Hollar
August 22, 2013
I held you in high esteem as a General but we had a friendship and you had me call you Jack. I knew you from rehab as your therapist and we made a good team. We were able to joke around and yet focus on your rehab. You were such a determined person and took your rehab seriously. I called you the "class clown" when you attended my balance class. You were such a caring, bright, and loving person and I will miss you dearly. God bless your family during this time.
Stacy Hollar
August 22, 2013
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