Peter Edward Morrisett ’59

Peter Edward Morrisett '59Peter Edward Morrisett, 77, passed away Aug. 18, 2014. Pete was born July 12, 1937, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He grew up in Boiling Springs, North Carolina and graduated from Shelby High School. He earned a BS in Chemistry from Davidson College in 1959 and a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from University of Florida in 1963.


Most recently the one closest to his heart was the House Committee. He also contributed selflessly to multiple service organizations, serving as President of Kiwanis and of Habitat for Humanity where he was involved in the building of more than 100 homes. He also served on the Boards of Link House and the Girls Club.

His numerous community activities, family relationships, andfriendships were a witness to his strong Christian faith. His hobbies included model railroading, clas-sical music, and restoring brass cash registers. Pete enjoyed his membership in the East Tennessee Rail Fan Association and was an active member of the “Clinchfield (Railroad) mafia.” He was a one of a kind, life-long learner, generous, thoughtful, giving, quick-witted, beloved father, grandfather, and husband.

Pete was preceded in death by his parents, James Stephen and Mary Keeley Morrisett and his first wife, Suzanne Hamrick Morrisett. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Beggarly Morrisett; daughters, Cathy Gott (David), Laura McCall (Jeff), Julie Clark (Steve), Janet Kleinfelter (David); son, Greg Morrisett (Tanya); brothers, Steve Morrisett (Jean) of Richmond, Virginia, and Joel Morrisett (Mary) of Houston, Texas; sister, Rebecca Causby (Da-vid) of Shelby, North Carolina; his grandchildren, Katie Gott Bentley (Brandon), Matthew Gott, Kayla McCall Chaney (Phillip), Clark McCall, Benjamin Kleinfelter, Emily Kleinfelter, Amy Morrisett, and John Morrisett; his great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Bentley; his mother-in-law, Hilda Booth; sister-in-law, Lois Keller; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held 4 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiat-ing. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorial gifts may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 247 West Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Please visit to leave an on-line condolence for the family. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport is serving the family of Peter Edward Morrisett