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Celebrating the life of
Howard Jackson Morrison Jr.
May 14, 1943 - January 24, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Service
  • 3:00p.m. - Monday, January 28, 2019
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • 520 Washington Avenue (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31405

Our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Morrison family. We’re so sorry to hear about your loss, may fond memories provide solace for your family during these most difficult times. God keeps those who have fallen asleep in death in His memory because they are precious in his eyes “Psalm 116:15” and “John 5:28,29”

Sheila, Lawrenceville ,

We pause to pay tribute to a fine man who did much for his community. I had the privilege of beneffing from his dedicated Work with the Georgia Historical Society. Our condolences to MAry and the family. God Bless Howard

Vince Dooley, Athens , Georgia

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Morrison's passing. Howard, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss seeing you at Country Day but hope you will stop by at Cedar Point.

Ann Jones, Savannah, GA

Howard had more meaningful and socioeconomic impact on GA than anyone else in GA's history.Truly a loss for Savannah and GA! We have lost a great man!

Jim Lenahan, Miami, Florida

Mary, years ago when Stratton and I were dating, you and Howard welcomed me into your beautiful Atlanta home many times. I fondly remember your children running around and us enjoying delicious dinners (I think the main course was pretty much something Howard had a hand in getting - duck?). Thank you for these sweet memories of my first years in Atlanta. I'm so sorry about Howard's passing. He certainly gave his all to life. What a legacy he leaves to you and your family and all of the others he advocated for through the years. May he rest in peace and his peace be yours.

Page Middleton Olson, Atlanta, GA

What a wonderfully generous and creative man. His Choate and Yale classmates are honored to remember him.

Rick Fabian, San Francisco, California

We were so sorry to learn of Howard's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her family. I regret that we were not able to spend more time with my Choate classmate and Mary since we moved to the area.

Terry and Pam Hannock, Bluffton, SC

Dear Mary, Please accept our deepest sympathies for Howard's passing. Due to recent surgery, Jane and I were unable to attend his Memorial Service. I wish we could have been there for you and Howard. We will miss him deeply. Sprague

JANE and SPRAGUE EXLEY, Savannah, GA

We are very sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was an extraordinarily generous and focused person who had a deep commitment to the larger community. Our sympathy to his family.

Tony and Laura Pizzo, Savannah, GA

I'm so very sorry for your loss to all of Howard's family. I will miss Howard greatly as he was not only a mentor and friend as I arrived from San Francisco back in 1986 to teach these Georgia folks about this new movement called high tech from we cool experts from the coast where it all started. That tall glistening bald pate in the crowd moving toward me at every new reception I attended early on was always non other than Howard's hand outstretched to greet yet another stranger making them feel instantly both welcome and important with that twinkle in his eye and soft vaguely gullah accent. I can see Howard and St Peter arm in arm moving slowly toward that full buffet and drinks table in Heaven fully engaged in rapt conversation about one of Howard's latest causes ending in an outburst of laughter and back slapping. Go quietly my friend Howard to one more eternal technology meeting in Heaven to sit with all the Atlanta luminaries who went before you. Rest in peace brother.

Bill Porter, Atlanta, Georgia

I am so very sorry to read of Howard’s passing. He was a remarkable man who has left all of Georgia, not just the coast, a much better place. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Adriane Wood, Macon, GA

Oh, Mary, so many memories! Howard was a wonderful, complicated, talented man. He pushed me, us, to be so much more. He was unique and we won't see his like again. We wish you peace, and comfort in all that he was able to do. Our love and prayers for you and your family Jim and Dodie

James Sanders, Savannah, GA

I was saddened to read about Howard's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of working with him at C&S. Howard III and Mary were just young children! I am very sorry for your loss. Penny Isop

Penny Isop, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

Howard Morrison believed in the company I helped create. He believed in me and my co-founders. When many others didn't. Howard served as more than an investor and board member. He was a mentor and a friend. It was an extraordinary privilege to talk with him and to know him. Howard, rest in peace. You left an awesome and beautiful legacy for the rest of us to learn from and try to live up to.

Joe Michaels, Bellevue, WA

Howard was a dear friend and I shall miss him. He was a visionary that guided us in developing a vision for Savannah's future. His name will not be on all the great things that will happen here; however, his vision will have made them possible.

Bill Brundage, Savannah, Georgia

Mary, Tina and I are deeply saddened by Howard's passing and heartbroken for your personal loss. He was one of the kindest and giving people we have ever known. It was a pleasure to get to know the two of you for the few years he served on the GTRC Board. Without him the world is clearly a lesser place. You and your family are in our prayers.

Nick and Tina Perez, Lilburn, GA

Deepest condolences to Mary & the Morrison family. Howard was a dynamic, charismatic, kind and caring man who will certainly be missed. His passion for maritime history and vision for how to bring it to life in Savannah was instrumental in establishing a home for my father's model ship collection at the Massie Center. Through Howard's determination, my father's legacy is able to be carried on for other's to enjoy & appreciate. Our thoughts & prayers to Howard and his family from the Greco family.

Jerry Greco, Malvern, PA

Like so many people, I have wonderful memories of time together at Lebanon with Mary and Howard and consider myself lucky enough to have been a friend. Howard was a life force and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Walter Smalling, Washingon , DC

Mary, Walter let us know about your Dad last night. Sorry we never had the opportunity to meet your him, we are thinking of you and Tim, your boys and all of you family, take care, prayers and love, Mopsy and Doug

Doug and Mopsy Aldridge, Atlants, Ga

Our deepest sympathies to the Morrison family. His passing is a loss to all of us who knew him and treasured him as a dear and loyal friend. But it is also a loss to the countless organizations, initiatives and people in our state that never knew him, but benefited from his huge intellect, his extraordinary commitment to the betterment of our community and his passion to advance the cause of honor and good deeds. Howard Morrison, a giant of a human being.

Craig Lesser, Atlanta, Georgia

I had the great honor of working with Howard for several years until his retirement in the High Tech Banking Group at NationsBank. I learned many life lessions from Howard in his selflessness, humility, and concern for other people. The world is a lesser place without him. My prayers and condolences go out to Mary and family.

Christopher Jones, Canton, Ga

Deepest sympathy to you and your family. No words can express what it is to lose a loved one. Find strength and comfort in the Lord and in happy memories of time spent with your father. Howard, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

David M. Hooker and family, Savannah, GA

Howard's daddy and my father Hubert Keller were friends and we spent many happy days as children playing together at Lebanon and Hopeton. I still have some of the pictures that his Daddy took of us. We also went to Country Day at the same time. He was always such a nice and caring person. I am sorry to hear that he is gone. Blessings to you all. Georgi Keller Valentino

Georgianna Keller Valentino, Jacksonville, Fl

So sorry to hear of Howard's passing. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry & Samantha Austin, Savannah, Ga

I'm grateful that we came to know Howard via his friendship with Stratton Leopold. His words at a tribute dinner introduced me to the depth of character and the inspiration that his legacy will always be. The laughs and stories will be remembered, dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are for all who love Howard. May you be Blessed with precious, loving, memories.

Linda and Alan Goodman, Atlanta, GA

Mrs. Morrison, Anthony, Sade and I have you in our prayers. No words can make up for your loss. Howard-- focus on your memories and the bond you had with your dad ...

Kwasny, Savannah, Georgia

What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

Ursula Y.Jackson, Richmond Hill , Georgia

A true Giant among men

Scott Backus, Savannah, GA

Billings and I extend our sincere condolences. Howard enriched the lives for all with whom he had contact. Savannah is certainly a much better city for having had his tireless initiatives constantly improving it. He will be greatly missed. John Cay

John and Billings Cay, Savannah, GA

So very sorry to hear about Howard’s passing. Big Howard was my Godfather and I was Howard’s “Mother Merrill” in high school. I’ve been married and gone from Savannah for over 55 years but all my memories are fresh.

Merrill Davis Guttry, Salem , SC

Some of my best memories are of the Morrison's at Lebanon which was down the road from Hopeton, our home place. My father and Dr. Howard were good friends for many years before they married and had children. We have many wonderful pictures which Dr. Howard took of us at Lebanon and at Hopeton of the adults and children which I treasure. He was a great photographer. Rest in Peace, old friend. How I miss those innocent days Sally Keller

Sally Keller, Savannah, GA

Howard befriended Joyce and me shortly after we moved to Savannah. I thoroughly enjoyed our periodic get togethers, and learned much from Howard. He had so many different ideas for me to help the community sometimes I thought I worked for him. But that was one of his strengths...putting people into areas where they could help. We will miss him. Ed and Joyce Conant

Edward H Conant, Savannah, GA

Hail and farewell. A life well lived. We will miss you at our St. Andrews gatherings. Greg and Gerry McLean

Gregory J McLean, Savannah, Ga

We are so sorry to hear of Howard’s death. He was a friend, business associate and a giant in economic development in our state. He was a gentleman who was always willing to help others. He gave of his time freely and was always available to discuss new ideas. He was a larger than life person and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary during this sad time. God bless you.

Danny &Queenie Ross, Dunwoody, Georgis

Prayers and thoughts are with the family. He served our community with such a high degree of loyalty which will not be forgotten.

Missy Jarrott, Savannah, Georgia

We are so saddened to learn of Howard’s death. He was a wonderful friend and we have missed seeing both of you over the years. Our hearts are with Mary and the family.

Kaye and Craig Cairney, Atlanta, Geotgia

We cannot imagine the loss Mary and the children are experiencing. Howard was responsible for an enormous amount of caring, creative energy going into community on a scale both large and small and across so may diverse issues. He was all about improving people's lives and helped Trish and me in countless ways. While we will miss his earthly presence, his spirit will live on quite convincingly through all of us who have been blessed by his love. With our best possible wishes of blessings to come. Trish and Larry Heichel

Trish and Larry Heichel, Hilton Head island, SC

Howard was a dear friend and shared business and charitable concerns (The Georgia Conservancy. I knew him almost from when he moved here, as I was in the C&S family... ultimately selling my bank to them. His bio is deservedly impressive and his work is for benefit literally of millions. Best wishes

Joel H. Cowan, Peachtree City,, Georgia

Blessings upon a Real Gentleman who had a great spirit. An unselfish Leader. The Morrison Famoly is blessed to have had Howard. Marc Morris, 93, Acquainted in the 1970s. ???

Marc Morris, Decatur, GA,

I worked with Howard for many years at C&S and enjoyed knowing him tremendously. I also had no idea how many activities he was involved in! His life left a positive impact on the many people and organizations he touched. Rest In Peace and rise in glory my friend.

Carter Fowlkes, Atlanta, GA

I worked with Howard for many years at C&S and enjoyed knowing him tremendously. I also had no idea how many activities he was involved in! His life left a positive impact on the many people and organizations he touched. Rest In Peace and rise in glory my friend.

Carter Fowlkes, Atlanta, GA

Dear Mary, You of all of us bear the greatest personal loss for Howard loved you as deeply and as much as any person can love another. It's said that a man continues to live through his reputation and our dear Howard was a member of so many associations, so many good initiatives, devoted himself to so many individuals that his good reputation will continue generation after generation. I cherish the friendship he extended to me over the years. Rare is the man who walked the world as he did. Please accept my sympathy, my condoleances.

Mark levinson, Paris, France

Dear Mary and Family, Ray and I are so sorry for your loss. There are no words to adequately express how much Howard meant to me and, I’m certain, to anyone who ever had the good fortune to benefit from his wisdom and guidance. Above all else, his love for his family was his greatest example to us all. Kathy Love

Kathy Love, Savannah, Ga

Dear Mary, So sorry. What an amazing man he was How fortunate for Howard, that you were by his side with extraordinary love and care all during his long illmess. You are loved. My sincerest sympathy to you, your family and friends from all the McClellan cousins. My deepest love, thoughts and prayers,. Betsy

Elizabeth Geary McClellan, Hilton Head Island, , SC

Our deepest sympathy to Mr Morrison’s family. I cannot believe he is gone. My mother and I loved the visits he made to us a few times each year.He usually stopped in looking for either and Christmas gift or anniversary gift for his wife. But always had time to sit and talk about old times and the history of our neighborhood (We live in Silk Hope too ) When he started his new venture (Verdant Kitchen) he was so very excited. He loved to bring us samples of what he was working on and wanted your opinion. He certainly was a very humble man and made you feel so very special. I know there is a special place in heaven for such a sweet man.

Barbara Bacon and Norma Hiers , Savannah, Ga

I met Howard 25 years ago when I came to work as a program assistant for Georgia Humanities. He was such a great board member and an encourager of those following the life of learning. I am grateful for having known him. God’s peace to the family. Thank you for sharing Howard.

Laura Thomson Mccarty, Atlanta, GA

The void that Howard leaves is immense. I have no idea where Savannah would be without his vision, his generosity, his creativity, and his LOVE of this beautiful city. Howard gave so much of himself...we ALL have a "Howard Morrison" story. When you were with him, he made you feel like the most important thing in his sphere. What a gift! What a cherished legacy! Rest in peace, dear friend.

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Uncle Howard was a special person and I will miss our talks and discussions on many subjects. I will miss discussing our shared interest in family history. That said, it was hard watching him suffer these last two years and I know he is in a better place now. He once said your most valuable asset is your memories and I will cherish memories of our times together

Mills Morrison, Savannah, Georgia

Howard Jackson Morrison Jr. of Savannah, Georgia passed away Thursday, January 24th due to complications resulting from a stroke suffered on March 14, 2017, his 47th wedding anniversary. He was 75.

Howard is survived by his loving wife, Mary Reynolds Morrison, his children Howard Jackson Morrison, III of Savannah, and Mary Morrison Moore of Atlanta, daughter-in-law Camille Warnell Morrison, son-in-law Timothy Temple Moore, and six grandchildren, Emma Camille, Jim Reynolds and Grace Thiesen Morrison, Andrew Jackson, Jackson Thiesen, and Hamilton Egan Moore. He is also survived by his brother Mills Lane Morrison and six nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Mary Morrison Clarke.

The oldest son of the late Dr. Howard and Mary Lane Morrison, Howard was born in Savannah on May 14, 1943 and grew up playing in Forsyth Park and on his family’s farm, Lebanon Plantation. He attended Massie School, The Pape School, graduated from the Choate School in 1961 and from Yale University in 1965. He proudly served three years on active duty in the United States Navy, retiring in 1969 as a Lieutenant.

After marrying Atlanta native, Mary Thiesen Reynolds, Howard moved to Atlanta in 1970 to work with C & S Bank, which was founded by his grandfather, Mills B. Lane. Howard’s banking career spanned nearly 30 years including being the chief financial officer of the Citizens and Southern Realty Investors and helping to develop C & S Bank’s High Technology Group (now part of Bank of America.) Howard was the founding president of the Business & Technology Alliance (B&TA) in Atlanta, now the centerpiece of the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). Howard also served on the boards of the Southeastern Software Association, the Georgia Biomedical Partnership, the Innovation and Technology Committee of the Georgia Department of Industry Trade and Tourism, and as a trustee of University of Georgia Research Foundation.

When he retired from banking in 1996, Howard returned to his hometown of Savannah where he was instrumental in establishing the Coastal Business, Education & Technology Alliance (now the Creative Coast) and initiating and developing the Georgia Tech Savannah campus where he was founding advisory board chairman and subsequently chairman emeritus.

Howard believed that giving back to his community was of utmost importance and served on, chaired, and was actively involved with many educational and charitable boards throughout his life, including: Planned Parenthood of Atlanta, the Atlanta Humane Society, the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Ossabaw Island Foundation, the Georgia Humanities Council, Brandon Hall School, and The Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, the Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation, the Skidaway Island Marine Sciences Foundation, Georgia Southern University’s Allen E. Paulsen College of Science and Technology, Georgia Tech Ireland, Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation, Savannah State University’s College of Science and Technology, The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc., South University, the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Savannah Fund for Excellence in Public Education, the Community Advisory Board of the Junior League of Savannah, Friends of the Cockspur Island Lighthouse, GeorgiaForward, the Savannah Economic Development Authority, the Mercer University School of Medicine Savannah, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation Inc (PAGE), THA Group’s Island Hospice, Junior Achievement of Georgia, the Downtown Rotary Club, Savannah, and Dawn’s Daughter. He also supported from their inception the Savannah Children’s Choir and Loop it Up Savannah.

A man with boundless energy and passion, he loved people, his family, and his beloved family home, Lebanon Plantation, which he worked tirelessly to restore, preserve and share with the city of Savannah. Known for the various unique hats he wore, he often said he planned on spending his retirement sitting on the dock catching crabs, but he could hardly sit still long enough to do so. He loved entertaining and traveling with his wife, hunting, fishing, and jeep rides with his son, walking in the woods and stargazing with his daughter, and lively debates with friends new and old. He particularly valued the time spent with his grandchildren in the little house with a fire burning and an old war movie or classic film on the television.

Howard thrived on helping people turn great ideas into reality and as a result served on the boards of numerous technology companies in Atlanta and Savannah, and was instrumental in the founding of businesses and nonprofits throughout the state. The breadth and depth of his community involvement was tremendous.

Howard co-founded Verdant Kitchen, which produces gourmet health and wellness products from plantation grown ginger and turmeric. He also co-founded the Savannah Ocean Exchange, designed to bring together individuals from around the world to identify sustainable solutions to help minimize the impact of human activity on the environment. In 2012 Howard launched a project at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center to permanently display ship models of the 20th century as a way of preserving the history of maritime innovations. The idea expanded to include the model ships which now serve as the centerpiece of the Massie Heritage Center’s exhibition exploring the importance of the Savannah River to Savannah’s founding, history and growth.

Always content to give others credit, his dedication to the state of Georgia and others nevertheless earned him countless awards and recognitions. Among those awards were: Leader of the Decade by the Business & Technology Alliance, inducted into the Georgia High Technology Hall of Fame and the Savannah Business Hall of Fame, a Governor’s Award in the Humanities, the Small Business Assistance Resources in Savannah Pinnacle Award, an Honorary Alumnus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and The Savannah Technical College Foundation Opportunity Award. In 2015 the Savannah Chatham County Public School System selected Howard along with his lifelong friend Stratton Leopold and Dawn Baker as speakers for the inaugural Passport to Excellence Lecture Series. CBETA established an Outstanding Leadership Award in Howard’s name.

Howard was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Savannah, the St. Andrew’s Society of Savannah, the Hibernian Society of Savannah, the Society of the Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia, the Society of the Cincinnati, the Piedmont Driving Club (Atlanta), The Century Club, the Cotillion Club, The Oglethorpe Club, and the Chatham Club.

The family is grateful for the loving care he received at Azalealand, for the THA sitters who helped him the past two years, and the support of countless friends and family.

A memorial service will be held Monday, January 28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Avenue, Savannah, GA 31405.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to Massie Heritage Center, 207 East Gordon Street, Savannah, GA 31401, the Savannah Technical College Foundation for the Historic Preservation Program, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, GA 31405 or to a charity of your choice.

 

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Our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Morrison family. We’re so sorry to hear about your loss, may fond memories provide solace for your family during these most difficult times. God keeps those who have fallen asleep in death in His memory because they are precious in his eyes “Psalm 116:15” and “John 5:28,29”

Sheila, Lawrenceville ,

We pause to pay tribute to a fine man who did much for his community. I had the privilege of beneffing from his dedicated Work with the Georgia Historical Society. Our condolences to MAry and the family. God Bless Howard

Vince Dooley, Athens , Georgia

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Morrison's passing. Howard, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. I miss seeing you at Country Day but hope you will stop by at Cedar Point.

Ann Jones, Savannah, GA

Howard had more meaningful and socioeconomic impact on GA than anyone else in GA's history.Truly a loss for Savannah and GA! We have lost a great man!

Jim Lenahan, Miami, Florida

Mary, years ago when Stratton and I were dating, you and Howard welcomed me into your beautiful Atlanta home many times. I fondly remember your children running around and us enjoying delicious dinners (I think the main course was pretty much something Howard had a hand in getting - duck?). Thank you for these sweet memories of my first years in Atlanta. I'm so sorry about Howard's passing. He certainly gave his all to life. What a legacy he leaves to you and your family and all of the others he advocated for through the years. May he rest in peace and his peace be yours.

Page Middleton Olson, Atlanta, GA

What a wonderfully generous and creative man. His Choate and Yale classmates are honored to remember him.

Rick Fabian, San Francisco, California

We were so sorry to learn of Howard's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and her family. I regret that we were not able to spend more time with my Choate classmate and Mary since we moved to the area.

Terry and Pam Hannock, Bluffton, SC

Dear Mary, Please accept our deepest sympathies for Howard's passing. Due to recent surgery, Jane and I were unable to attend his Memorial Service. I wish we could have been there for you and Howard. We will miss him deeply. Sprague

JANE and SPRAGUE EXLEY, Savannah, GA

We are very sorry to hear of Howard's passing. He was an extraordinarily generous and focused person who had a deep commitment to the larger community. Our sympathy to his family.

Tony and Laura Pizzo, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by TERENCE POWERS JR — Virginia

I'm so very sorry for your loss to all of Howard's family. I will miss Howard greatly as he was not only a mentor and friend as I arrived from San Francisco back in 1986 to teach these Georgia folks about this new movement called high tech from we cool experts from the coast where it all started. That tall glistening bald pate in the crowd moving toward me at every new reception I attended early on was always non other than Howard's hand outstretched to greet yet another stranger making them feel instantly both welcome and important with that twinkle in his eye and soft vaguely gullah accent. I can see Howard and St Peter arm in arm moving slowly toward that full buffet and drinks table in Heaven fully engaged in rapt conversation about one of Howard's latest causes ending in an outburst of laughter and back slapping. Go quietly my friend Howard to one more eternal technology meeting in Heaven to sit with all the Atlanta luminaries who went before you. Rest in peace brother.

Bill Porter, Atlanta, Georgia

Candle tribute lit by Bill Porter — Georgia

I am so very sorry to read of Howard’s passing. He was a remarkable man who has left all of Georgia, not just the coast, a much better place. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

Adriane Wood, Macon, GA

Oh, Mary, so many memories! Howard was a wonderful, complicated, talented man. He pushed me, us, to be so much more. He was unique and we won't see his like again. We wish you peace, and comfort in all that he was able to do. Our love and prayers for you and your family Jim and Dodie

James Sanders, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Brian and Susan Shinall — Georgia

I was saddened to read about Howard's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of working with him at C&S. Howard III and Mary were just young children! I am very sorry for your loss. Penny Isop

Penny Isop, Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

Howard Morrison believed in the company I helped create. He believed in me and my co-founders. When many others didn't. Howard served as more than an investor and board member. He was a mentor and a friend. It was an extraordinary privilege to talk with him and to know him. Howard, rest in peace. You left an awesome and beautiful legacy for the rest of us to learn from and try to live up to.

Joe Michaels, Bellevue, WA

Howard was a dear friend and I shall miss him. He was a visionary that guided us in developing a vision for Savannah's future. His name will not be on all the great things that will happen here; however, his vision will have made them possible.

Bill Brundage, Savannah, Georgia

Mary, Tina and I are deeply saddened by Howard's passing and heartbroken for your personal loss. He was one of the kindest and giving people we have ever known. It was a pleasure to get to know the two of you for the few years he served on the GTRC Board. Without him the world is clearly a lesser place. You and your family are in our prayers.

Nick and Tina Perez, Lilburn, GA

Deepest condolences to Mary & the Morrison family. Howard was a dynamic, charismatic, kind and caring man who will certainly be missed. His passion for maritime history and vision for how to bring it to life in Savannah was instrumental in establishing a home for my father's model ship collection at the Massie Center. Through Howard's determination, my father's legacy is able to be carried on for other's to enjoy & appreciate. Our thoughts & prayers to Howard and his family from the Greco family.

Jerry Greco, Malvern, PA

Like so many people, I have wonderful memories of time together at Lebanon with Mary and Howard and consider myself lucky enough to have been a friend. Howard was a life force and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Walter Smalling, Washingon , DC

Mary, Walter let us know about your Dad last night. Sorry we never had the opportunity to meet your him, we are thinking of you and Tim, your boys and all of you family, take care, prayers and love, Mopsy and Doug

Doug and Mopsy Aldridge, Atlants, Ga

Candle tribute lit by caroline Gordon Armstrong — Georgia

Our deepest sympathies to the Morrison family. His passing is a loss to all of us who knew him and treasured him as a dear and loyal friend. But it is also a loss to the countless organizations, initiatives and people in our state that never knew him, but benefited from his huge intellect, his extraordinary commitment to the betterment of our community and his passion to advance the cause of honor and good deeds. Howard Morrison, a giant of a human being.

Craig Lesser, Atlanta, Georgia

I had the great honor of working with Howard for several years until his retirement in the High Tech Banking Group at NationsBank. I learned many life lessions from Howard in his selflessness, humility, and concern for other people. The world is a lesser place without him. My prayers and condolences go out to Mary and family.

Christopher Jones, Canton, Ga

Deepest sympathy to you and your family. No words can express what it is to lose a loved one. Find strength and comfort in the Lord and in happy memories of time spent with your father. Howard, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

David M. Hooker and family, Savannah, GA

Howard's daddy and my father Hubert Keller were friends and we spent many happy days as children playing together at Lebanon and Hopeton. I still have some of the pictures that his Daddy took of us. We also went to Country Day at the same time. He was always such a nice and caring person. I am sorry to hear that he is gone. Blessings to you all. Georgi Keller Valentino

Georgianna Keller Valentino, Jacksonville, Fl

So sorry to hear of Howard's passing. We have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Larry & Samantha Austin, Savannah, Ga

I'm grateful that we came to know Howard via his friendship with Stratton Leopold. His words at a tribute dinner introduced me to the depth of character and the inspiration that his legacy will always be. The laughs and stories will be remembered, dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are for all who love Howard. May you be Blessed with precious, loving, memories.

Linda and Alan Goodman, Atlanta, GA

Mrs. Morrison, Anthony, Sade and I have you in our prayers. No words can make up for your loss. Howard-- focus on your memories and the bond you had with your dad ...

Kwasny, Savannah, Georgia

What moves through us is a silence, a quiet sadness a longing for one more day, one more word, one more touch, we may not understand why you left this earth so soon, or why you left before we were ready to say good-bye, but little by little, we begin to remember not just that you died, but that you lived. And that your life gave us memories too beautiful to forget.

Ursula Y.Jackson, Richmond Hill , Georgia

A true Giant among men

Scott Backus, Savannah, GA

Billings and I extend our sincere condolences. Howard enriched the lives for all with whom he had contact. Savannah is certainly a much better city for having had his tireless initiatives constantly improving it. He will be greatly missed. John Cay

John and Billings Cay, Savannah, GA

So very sorry to hear about Howard’s passing. Big Howard was my Godfather and I was Howard’s “Mother Merrill” in high school. I’ve been married and gone from Savannah for over 55 years but all my memories are fresh.

Merrill Davis Guttry, Salem , SC

Some of my best memories are of the Morrison's at Lebanon which was down the road from Hopeton, our home place. My father and Dr. Howard were good friends for many years before they married and had children. We have many wonderful pictures which Dr. Howard took of us at Lebanon and at Hopeton of the adults and children which I treasure. He was a great photographer. Rest in Peace, old friend. How I miss those innocent days Sally Keller

Sally Keller, Savannah, GA

Howard befriended Joyce and me shortly after we moved to Savannah. I thoroughly enjoyed our periodic get togethers, and learned much from Howard. He had so many different ideas for me to help the community sometimes I thought I worked for him. But that was one of his strengths...putting people into areas where they could help. We will miss him. Ed and Joyce Conant

Edward H Conant, Savannah, GA

Hail and farewell. A life well lived. We will miss you at our St. Andrews gatherings. Greg and Gerry McLean

Gregory J McLean, Savannah, Ga

We are so sorry to hear of Howard’s death. He was a friend, business associate and a giant in economic development in our state. He was a gentleman who was always willing to help others. He gave of his time freely and was always available to discuss new ideas. He was a larger than life person and we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary during this sad time. God bless you.

Danny &Queenie Ross, Dunwoody, Georgis

Prayers and thoughts are with the family. He served our community with such a high degree of loyalty which will not be forgotten.

Missy Jarrott, Savannah, Georgia

We are so saddened to learn of Howard’s death. He was a wonderful friend and we have missed seeing both of you over the years. Our hearts are with Mary and the family.

Kaye and Craig Cairney, Atlanta, Geotgia

We cannot imagine the loss Mary and the children are experiencing. Howard was responsible for an enormous amount of caring, creative energy going into community on a scale both large and small and across so may diverse issues. He was all about improving people's lives and helped Trish and me in countless ways. While we will miss his earthly presence, his spirit will live on quite convincingly through all of us who have been blessed by his love. With our best possible wishes of blessings to come. Trish and Larry Heichel

Trish and Larry Heichel, Hilton Head island, SC

Howard was a dear friend and shared business and charitable concerns (The Georgia Conservancy. I knew him almost from when he moved here, as I was in the C&S family... ultimately selling my bank to them. His bio is deservedly impressive and his work is for benefit literally of millions. Best wishes

Joel H. Cowan, Peachtree City,, Georgia

Blessings upon a Real Gentleman who had a great spirit. An unselfish Leader. The Morrison Famoly is blessed to have had Howard. Marc Morris, 93, Acquainted in the 1970s. ???

Marc Morris, Decatur, GA,

I worked with Howard for many years at C&S and enjoyed knowing him tremendously. I also had no idea how many activities he was involved in! His life left a positive impact on the many people and organizations he touched. Rest In Peace and rise in glory my friend.

Carter Fowlkes, Atlanta, GA

I worked with Howard for many years at C&S and enjoyed knowing him tremendously. I also had no idea how many activities he was involved in! His life left a positive impact on the many people and organizations he touched. Rest In Peace and rise in glory my friend.

Carter Fowlkes, Atlanta, GA

Dear Mary, You of all of us bear the greatest personal loss for Howard loved you as deeply and as much as any person can love another. It's said that a man continues to live through his reputation and our dear Howard was a member of so many associations, so many good initiatives, devoted himself to so many individuals that his good reputation will continue generation after generation. I cherish the friendship he extended to me over the years. Rare is the man who walked the world as he did. Please accept my sympathy, my condoleances.

Mark levinson, Paris, France

Dear Mary and Family, Ray and I are so sorry for your loss. There are no words to adequately express how much Howard meant to me and, I’m certain, to anyone who ever had the good fortune to benefit from his wisdom and guidance. Above all else, his love for his family was his greatest example to us all. Kathy Love

Kathy Love, Savannah, Ga

Dear Mary, So sorry. What an amazing man he was How fortunate for Howard, that you were by his side with extraordinary love and care all during his long illmess. You are loved. My sincerest sympathy to you, your family and friends from all the McClellan cousins. My deepest love, thoughts and prayers,. Betsy

Elizabeth Geary McClellan, Hilton Head Island, , SC

Candle tribute lit by Kevin Kling — Florida

Our deepest sympathy to Mr Morrison’s family. I cannot believe he is gone. My mother and I loved the visits he made to us a few times each year.He usually stopped in looking for either and Christmas gift or anniversary gift for his wife. But always had time to sit and talk about old times and the history of our neighborhood (We live in Silk Hope too ) When he started his new venture (Verdant Kitchen) he was so very excited. He loved to bring us samples of what he was working on and wanted your opinion. He certainly was a very humble man and made you feel so very special. I know there is a special place in heaven for such a sweet man.

Barbara Bacon and Norma Hiers , Savannah, Ga

I met Howard 25 years ago when I came to work as a program assistant for Georgia Humanities. He was such a great board member and an encourager of those following the life of learning. I am grateful for having known him. God’s peace to the family. Thank you for sharing Howard.

Laura Thomson Mccarty, Atlanta, GA

The void that Howard leaves is immense. I have no idea where Savannah would be without his vision, his generosity, his creativity, and his LOVE of this beautiful city. Howard gave so much of himself...we ALL have a "Howard Morrison" story. When you were with him, he made you feel like the most important thing in his sphere. What a gift! What a cherished legacy! Rest in peace, dear friend.

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Uncle Howard was a special person and I will miss our talks and discussions on many subjects. I will miss discussing our shared interest in family history. That said, it was hard watching him suffer these last two years and I know he is in a better place now. He once said your most valuable asset is your memories and I will cherish memories of our times together

Mills Morrison, Savannah, Georgia


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