(WOODLAND) The funeral for Larry F. Morrison, 76, of Woodland will be Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church with Bro. T.J. Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday. Mr. Morrison will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to services beginning on Tuesday.
Larry passed away peacefully on Oct. 15.
Born March 29, 1946, Larry grew up in Heflin, where he graduated from Cleburne County High School in 1964 and enrolled at Jacksonville State University and was a proud member of Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners. He and Martha married in 1966, and he soon graduated in 1968 with a degree in music. He was band director at various schools for seven years, including Central High School (Carrollton, Ga.), Lineville High School and finally, Woodland High School, where he founded Woodland High School Marching Band. Larry soon began teaching special education after earning master's and specialist degrees in special education from West Georgia College in which he retired after 38 years all together in education.
Larry loved music, history, HAM radio, fried catfish, big TVs and genealogy. He loved the Marching Southerners. He was a professional photographe and an armchair astronomer, and as an avid genealogist, he even wrote a book detailing the family history of the Cochran family. He loved to give. He loved vacations at the beach and traveling or camping with long-time friends Betty and Tom Hodge and their family. He loved the Atlanta Braves (sometimes), and even though they are hard to love, he still loved the Atlanta Falcons, whether he admitted it or not.
More than anything on this earth, he loved his family. His wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren were his pride and joy. In particular, he loved taking day trips with his wife, Martha, to Panama City to eat at Captain Anderson's for dinner and enjoy a box of fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts for the ride home. He loved his church (Zion Baptist), where he served as minister of music for a time and eventually as deacon. Most importantly, he loved Jesus Christ. His faith in God led him daily and defined him more than anything. Above all, Larry Morrison loved. It was a life well lived.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Morrison of Woodland; son, David Morrison, and daughter-in-law, Kathy Morrison of Senoia, Ga.; two grandchildren, Jacob and Addison Grace Morrison of Senoia; nieces, Dona Morgan of Heflin, Morgan Traylor (Payton) of Covington, Ga., and Nancy Heard (Travis and Ali) of Woodland; and nephew, Tray Traylor of Woodland. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ralph Floyd and Grace Morrison; sisters, Millie Howell and Jo Breed; sister-in-law, Debbie Traylor; and brother-in-law, Tommy Traylor.
Pallbearers will be Travis Heard, Tray Traylor, Don Strain, Hugh Fordham, Fred Lovvorn and Steve Langley. Larry Raughton will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be floral, or donations may be made to Zion Baptist Church, c/o Benefield Funeral Home, 17624 Hwy. 431, Wedowee, AL 36280. Online condolences may be expressed at www.benefieldfhwedowee.com.
Benefield Funeral Home, Wedowee.