Larry Allen Morton Sr.December 21, 1944 ~ November 18, 2017 (age 72)
Larry Allen Morton, Sr.
GREENSBORO – Larry Morton lived life with a smile on his face, thankful until the end for his family and pretty much everyone who ever crossed his path. He passed away on November 18, 2017, after a brief illness, grateful for every happy moment he squeezed into his 72 years.
Larry was raised in Greensboro, the youngest of four children born to William and Ruby Morton. He graduated from Northwest Guilford High School and went to work in the service department of City Motors at age 19. He spent his life in the car business, eventually working as an independent automobile dealer for more than 25 years. With his God-given cheerfulness, he was a natural.
Larry and Deborah Wells Morton were married on Oct. 4, 1975, in Roanoke, Va., and spent 42 years together – raising their children and having as much fun as a family could have. He coached his two daughters in soccer, teaching them more about life than corner kicks. He coached in the Greensboro Youth Soccer Association and was named Girls Coach of the Year. He never ran out of energy for his kids: Family beach vacations included games of every kind – cards, riddles, sports, and miniature golf. When he played checkers, he’d asked the children whether they wanted him to play with a full brain or half brain. They always insisted “Full.” He loved singing in the choir, coaching soccer, playing golf and reading the paper. Some of his fondest memories were playing church league softball for a team called the Baptist Athletes. In every pursuit, he loved the people most of all.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Wells Morton; their two children – Courtney Wells Morton and her husband, George Ivie Ragsdale of Belmont, and Colby Wells Morton of Greensboro; two children from his first marriage – Allen Morton and his wife, Sharon, of Greensboro and Allison Morton of Greensboro; and nine grandchildren – Claire Wells Ragsdale and Anne Louise Ragsdale; Brandon Craig Morton, Shannon Bailey Morton and William Malone Morton; and Daniel Wayne Brand, Garrett Walker Brand, Martin Robert Brand and Austin Lawrence Brand. He is also survived by two sisters – Billye Tillman of Greensboro and Jane Childress of Greensboro.
A service to celebrate his life will be at 2pm on November 28, 2017 at Center United Methodist Church, 6142 Lake Brandt Road in Greensboro, led by the Rev. Cecil Donahue. The family will greet friends at a reception following the service.
A memorial gift in his honor can be made to the church. The family would like to especially thank the nurses and staff of 3 West and 6 North at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital and Beacon Place for the loving care he received in the last weeks of his life.
In his final days, Larry asked family members to read him the obituaries from the morning paper. This was less about death than it was life, and expressing his appreciation for every last day of it. That explains why he’d often end a meal or visit with friends and family by singing that old ditty from the Carol Burnett TV show: “I’m so glad we had this time together…”