Dr. Thomas A. “Tom” Morris of Maiden, N.C., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, at Catawba Valley Medical Center.
Tom was born in Sylva N.C., on July 9, 1935, to the late John Hanley and Ruth Allison Morris. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 30 years, Jackelyn Mae Kelly Morris; and sister, Mary Morris.
Dr. Morris was a graduate of Sylva High School, Western Carolina University and University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill.
While in high school he was a member of the 1952 Smoky Mountain Conference championship football team, whose continued friendship he valued through the years. Tom was active in the Boy Scouts, earned the rank of Eagle Scout and attended the first Scout Jamboree post World War II in Valley Forge, Pa. In his adult life he continued to be involved with scouts and Camp Daniel Boone, a camp for scouts, in Canton, N.C.
Dr. Morris was an active member of the N.C. Dental Association, serving in various committees on the state and local levels. One of his many contributions to dentistry was his involvement in having fluoride added to the municipal water supply in Asheville.
Tom also enjoyed hand-crafting hardwood furniture in his free time. For more than 35 years, he created more than 100 unique pieces for family and friends, using old-world techniques with little reliance on power tools.
Tom was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Asheville.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 29 years, Marcia M. Morris; sons, Thomas A. Morris Jr. and John A. Morris; brother, Jack Morris (Linda); stepsons, John A. Sharpstene III, Jeffery Sharpstene, James Sharpstene, Paul Sharpstene and Michael Sharpstene; and 10 loving grandchildren.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions at this time, a service for family only will be at Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home, with Deacon Scott Gilfillan officiating.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Daniel Boone, Daniel Boone Council, Patrol of 1000, 333 W. Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801.
Condolences can be sent to the Morris family at www.willisreynoldsfh.com.
Willis-Reynolds Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to be serving the Morris family.