John William Morris, Jr.

June 13, 1925 - February 3, 2015
John William Morris, Jr.


Jack was born June 13, 1925 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the son of the Master Chief John Morris and his wife Gertrude. Jack was the big brother of his two beloved sisters, Norma and Jean.

Starting as a midshipman at Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, Jack served throughout World War II in the North Atlantic, the Persian Gulf, the Mediterranean, and the Pacific theaters of operation.

While on leave in 1944 he met the love of his life, Mary Louise Vanderberry at her parents’ home in Hopewell, Virginia. Returning home after the war they were married October 19, 1946 and were inseparable for 68 years.

Following his graduation from the University of Richmond Jack worked for the YMCA for his entire career, retiring as the executive director of the Wilmington Y in 1985.

A devoted husband and father, Jack was called home on February 3, 2015. A memorial service, directed by the Rev. Maxine Dornemann, will be held Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Masonic Lodge #1, 4712 Oriole Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403,

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  • February 09, 2015
    Sandy Barton says:
    May God bless and comfort you all. I'll miss him lots, his smile and mischevious, sparkly blue eyes. His big heart and love for his precious wife and his family were evident in his words and his actions. We are all the better for knowing him. I love you Mr. Jack. Love, Sandy B.

  • February 05, 2015
    Dave Poland says:
    My Dear Uncle Jack: You leave a legacy of caring and greatness. You touched many lives with your kindness and wisdom. My love to Aunt Mary and Bill and all family members. -- Dave in Louisville, Kentucky.

  • February 05, 2015
    Virginia Huebner says:
    Dear Mary, John and Kyle - My heart breaks for all of you. What a wonderful, kind man Jack was. Rolf and I loved him like family. Rolf so enjoyed going down to play cribbage with him. Now they are playing again in Heaven. And you can bet the game is going on. My deepest sympathy to all of you from all of my family whom you have met Mary. God Bless you always. Love Virginia

  • February 05, 2015
    Nathan and Lenell Henry says:
    We are praying for you all.