Florence, SC – Mr. William Nelson Morris, 81, of Durham, NC and Lightkeepers Village in Little River, SC, the beloved soulmate of Peggy Vollmar of 23 years, passed away peacefully at McLeod Hospital in Florence, SC on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Bill’s wife, Patsy, preceded him in death in 1990 after 33 years of marriage.
Born in Chatham County, NC, on February 22, 1936, he was the son of the late Kathleen Jenkins and Walter Morris. Bill was a graduate of Durham High School, and was an ardent and dedicated North Carolina fan. Over his career he worked at Wright Machinery and completed his career at Brame Specialty, retiring in 1996. Bill was a member of the Living Legends of North Myrtle Beach. He loved his beach music, shag dancing, and his home on the waterway.
Bill, better known as “Hams” or “Hambone”, is survived by his daughters, Tracy Morris of Apex, NC, and Kelly Partlow, and her husband, Michael, of Venice Beach, CA; his best friend, Charles Bernard “Red” Whitfield of Durham; Peggy’s daughters, Cristy McGranahan of Durham, Wendy Corry of Atlanta, GA; and four grandchildren.
In addition to Patsy and his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Charmeyne “Tootsie” Morris Phillips, and his brother, Walter “Toby” Wiley Morris.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 2pm in the Chapel of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Officiating will be Rev. Thomas Robinson. Burial will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors Thursday evening, from 6-8 pm in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Fat Harold’s Beach Club, c/o Living Legends, 212 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 or to the Hall of Fame Foundation, PO Box 4070, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597.