Atha Thomas “Tommy” Jamison Morrison ’59

Atha Thomas Jamison Morrison, 76, a life-long resident of Hartsville, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2014.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 31, at First Presbyterian Church, 213 W. Home Avenue, Hartsville. The Rev. Dr. Dan Sansbury will officiate and the family will receive friends following the service in the narthex.

Mr. Morrison was born in Hartsville, SC, on May 19, 1937, to the late Archibald Ewart Morrison and Willia Martha Agnus Morgan. He was a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church of Hartsville. He served as President of Morrison Oil Company until he retired. Mr. Morrison graduated with honors from Hartsville High School in 1955 where he was captain of the football team.

He received a BA degree in Economics from Davidson College in 1959. At Davidson, he was ROTC Captain and a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. After graduating, he returned to Hartsville and married Gay Taylor of Belmont, NC after she graduated from Coker College in 1964.

He served as a Captain in the Army National Guard. “T-Bone,” as he was known to his friends, was a member of the Hartsville B & F Club and the Second Thursday Club. He served as President of the Hartsville Rotary Club and Director of Hartsville Chamber of Commerce. He loved to shag and was an avid sportsman who enjoyed sailing, fishing and hunting with his friends, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Gay Taylor Morrison, his four children, Margaret Mertens (Anton) of Atlanta, GA; Thomas A. Morrison (Holly) of Darlington, SC; Reeves Coward (Thad) of Charlotte, NC; and William W. Morrison of Richmond, VA; his four grandchildren, Anton F. Mertens II and Madeleine R. Mertens, Olivia L. Morrison and Jesse M. Coward; a sister, Martha M. Sweeny (Jim) of St. Petersburg, FL; two brothers, Alexander S. Morrison (Peggy) of Saluda, SC; John Stevenson (Steve) Morrison (Johanna) of Myrtle Beach , SC; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to First Presbyterian Church or to a charity of their choice.