William Robert “Bob” Morrow, Jr. ’33, died peacefully May 25 in High Point, N.C. A resident of High Point all his life, Morrow was born Sept. 16, 1912, the son of Deborah Sherrod Morrow and William Robert Morrow.
He graduated from Davidson, majoring in business and English. He served as circulation manager for the Davidsonian, lettered in tennis, and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving four years as lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He served on a helicopter carrier for antisubmarine work and air sea rescue in the Atlantic and on the AKA 63 Theenin, an assault ship, in the Pacific.
For 43 years of his business career, he was vice president of Sherrod Shirt Company and in sales for Anvil Brand, Inc. He operated Morrow Associates Apparel Sales from 1975 to 1998. He was an honorary lifetime member of the National Association of Wholesale Apparel Salesmen and a member of Men’s Apparel Club of Carolinas and the American Garment Manufacturer’s Association.
Joining in 1948, he was the oldest and longest serving member of the High Point Rotary Club. He served three terms on the board of directors and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army Boys Club and the Uwharrie District Boy Scouts Council.
He served in various campaigns for United Way, Red Cross, YMCA, and High Point Regional Hospital. He was also a member of the American Legion.
An avid tennis player all his life, he played until age 84, when his vision failed. He was a lifelong member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities including the board of trustees, the administrative board, the “70” visitation group, the evangelism commission, as well as having taught Sunday school. He was a loyal member of the adult fellowship class for well over 50 years.
As a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he was known for his positive outlook, gentle nature, and delightful sense of humor. His beloved wife of over 57 years, Marjorie McKay Morrow, passed away May 9, 2008.
He will be deeply missed by his two daughters and their families, Mollie M. Day (James M. Day), 2105 Fallon Oaks Ct., Raleigh, NC 27608-1676; and Debbie M. Day (John M. Day); and grandchildren, Emily Sherrod Day, James Matthew Day, Wesley Robert Day, John Michael Day, Jr., and Ashley Morrow Day. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law, Carolyn McGoogan and Susie McKay. He was preceded in death by his only brother, A. Sherrod Morrow ’32.