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Thomas E. Morrow

April 12, 1928 ~ July 20, 2021 (age 93)


Thomas E. Morrow passed away on July 20, 2021 at the age of 93 in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is survived by his loving wife Mildred Hamrick Morrow with whom he shared 70 years of marriage. 

He is survived by brothers Paul Morrow of Greenville, SC, Scott Morrow of Forest City, NC and Dillard Morrow of Rutherfordton, NC; and his two children, Keith Morrow and wife, Robin of Carolina Beach, NC and Angela Macon of Decatur, GA; grandchildren Zach and wife Catherine of Wilmington, NC, Brett and wife Jennifer of Huntersville, NC, Sam Macon of Atlanta, GA and Claire Macon of Providence, RI.; great grandchildren Harper and Regan Morrow of Wilmington, NC and Cole and Ava Morrow of Huntersville, NC.  He is preceded in death by his son, Timothy Morrow.

A Forest City, NC native, Tommy was born April 12, 1928 to Arthur and Myrtle Morrow. With his 6 brothers Glenn, Boyce, Lloyd, Paul, Scott and Dillard they grew up on Harmon Street surrounded by friends and relatives.

Following graduating from Cool Springs High School, Tommy served in active combat in the Korean War from 1950-1951 earning a combat infantry badge, United Nations Service Medal and a Korean Service award with a bronze service star for clearing a minefield in preparation of his platoon.  He left the U.S. Army as a Sergeant. 

Upon his return, Tommy was employed by Stonecutter Mills, retiring in 1993.  He enjoyed his work and cared deeply for his coworkers. Active in his community, Tommy was a member of the Rutherfordton-Spindale Jaycees and the Rutherfordton Lions Club. It was through the Rutherfordton Lions Club that Tommy became involved in fundraising benefiting Camp Dogwood for the Blind in their mission of providing services for the blind and visually impaired.  He was a member of Spencer Baptist Church in Spindale, NC.

Tommy gardened a great deal whether he liked it or not with his taskmaster wife, Mildred. He traveled many miles to watch soccer and never understood it.  Tommy loved nothing more than being with his grandchildren. He was a supportive and wonderful Pop-Pop.

Family and friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, July 30, 2021, 10:00 am at Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Forest City, NC with Reverend Bruce Caldwell officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp Dogwood for the Blind, 7050 Camp Dogwood Drive, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina 28673 or Hospice of The Carolina Foothills, Post Office Box 336, Forest City, North Carolina 28043.

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