6/18/13 — George William Morrison, 78, formerly of Carter County, passed away at his residence in Fairfax, Va., on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
He was born Aug. 25, 1934, in Ashland, a son of Leonard Hermond and Etta Waggoner Morrison. He grew up in Carter County and enlisted in the United States Navy from high school. George proudly served in the Navy from 1951 to 1955 and was an aviation machinist on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid from 1954 to 1955.
After the Navy, he moved to Alexandria, Va. He met and married Alice Smith, formerly of Morganfield, Union County, in 1956. They moved to Fairfax in 1963, where they lived for the rest of their lives.
George was a life member of the Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department and the U.S.S. Intrepid Association of Former Crewmembers. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a licensed pilot and owned antique cars.
In addition to his parents, George was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, and their son, William “Butch” Morrison, and by three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by daughters, Deborah Brown and Sharon (Richard) Fossum; son, Jeffrey Morrison; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five sisters.
Visitation was June 2, 2013, at Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax, Va. The memorial service was June 4, 2013, at Fairfax United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Fairfax Memorial Park.
The Flying Circus Airshow in Bealeton, Va., flew a “missing man” formation in George’s honor on June 16, 2013.
The family would like to have a memorial plaque placed on a seat in the auditorium of the Intrepid Sea, Air, Space Museum Complex in New York City, N.Y. Contributions may be sent to www.intrepidmuseum.org/Support-the-Intrepid/Gifts-in-Honor-or-Memory.
Online condolences can be made at www.everlyfuneralhomefairfax.com.