January 22, 1934 ~ July 27, 2020

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Mills River, NC

Donald Adrian Morris, 86, of Mills River, died Monday, July 27, 2020 at Care Partners Hospice, Asheville.

Born in Asheville in a log cabin on Sweeten Creek Rd., he was the husband of Jo-Ellen (May) Morris of Mills River, and the son of the late Adrian and Virginia (Lanning) Morris. He was also preceded in death by two sons, James Donald Morris and Charles Adrian Morris, and a sister, Doris Jean Segers.

A US Army veteran, he was also a member of French Broad Baptist Church, Hendersonville.

Donald retired from Ford Motor Company as an electrician, after 32 years of employment.

He was an avid hiker, so much so that his hiking club presented him with a “Hikers Extraordinaire” trophy. He loved to entertain people with his attempts at singing, trumpeting, and dancing.

In addition to his wife of 39 years, he is survived by two sons: David Morris and Albert Gordon; a daughter, Jane Owen; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Judy Ann Fabrycki.

The graveside service will be private; however, Donald will lie in state from 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, until 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 31, at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian, where friends are invited to view the casket and sign the guest register. Masks are required at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society online at www.donate3.cancer.org.

Services

For those who wish to pay their respects: July 29, 2020 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Dogwood

For those who wish to pay their respects: July 30, 2020 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Dogwood

For those who wish to pay their respects: July 31, 2020 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704

(828)687-3530
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Room: Dogwood

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  1. We love you dearly grandpa and will cherish everything you’ve ever taught us, and all the stories you’ve shared you are truly an amazing man I love you.

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  2. We were very saddened to hear of Don’s passing. Our deepest condolances to Jo-Ellen and her family. Don, rest in the Peace of the arms of Jesus. Love, The Piscopo Family – Carolyn, Dawn and Cheryl

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  3. We miss you Don. As you enriched our lives, we are sure your wit and humor will serve to enhance heaven. Our love and condolences to Jo-Ellen in this trying time.
    Ron and Kelli Allison

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  4. You will be missed, Don. You were one of the first hikers we met in 2012. We loved hiking with you and listening to your bear growls.
    Our condolences to Jo-Ellen and the family.
    Nancy and Roby Burg

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  5. We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. It was a shock to us. We just wanted you to know that we are
    remembering you in our prayers and we have some great memories of Don when we were all little kids. He
    was a lovable person that always kept us in to something! We also know that he is so much better off than
    us because he is in a place that has no tears and no worries. Again to Don’s family we are so sorry.

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  6. We will miss this amazing man who brought joy into our lives as we hiked the trails with him. He was a true treasure of knowledge about the flora and fauna of our beautiful mountains! Our deepest sympathy to Jo-Ellen and the family.

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  7. I became a member of High Country Hikers in 2004, and not very long after that met Don. I remember him most as ‘sweep’ and always warm and friendly. He will be missed by me.

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  8. Tui and I were sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We met Don on the hiking trail with the High Country Hikers and we enjoyed his stories and especially his knowledge of the area. We met Jo-Ellen during annual hiking dinners. Our sincere condolences to Jo-Ellen and to his family.

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  9. Only a few know what you meant to me. I feel that I was cheated on a lifetime of memories with you. Thank you for the kindness you showed my parents. Rest easy. You will be missed.

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  10. Jo Ellen and family,
    Curt and I send our love to each of you. Don was kind, loving, and lifted our spirits every time we were around him. Thank you for sharing your family with ours. May God comfort you always.
    Love,
    Curt, Debbie, Kyle & Charles Moore

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  11. My cousin Donald holds a place in childhood memories. We saw less of each other in adulthood. I know you lived joyfully and shared that joy with so many. I wonder if you’re exploring the heavenly realms or resting in peace.
    Jo Ellen and all of Don’s family, my thoughts and love are with you.

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