Lloyd T. Morrison, Sr.
May 03, 1944 ‒ August 12, 2011
JOHNSVILLE – Lloyd Morrison was an optimist – he had to be or he could not have been a farmer. His vocation perfectly suited him: he not only grew crops – he grew relationships; he nurtured both seeds and people; and he survived the stress of a family farm all the while living as a cancer survivor.
Given just three per cent hope of surviving cancer, his positivity was the driving force to outlive cancer – four times longer than what the best doctors gave him as a prognosis.
Simply put, Lloyd never gave up. Yet as every blade of the field lays down its life in its season, as beautifully as it was taken up, Lloyd was beautifully raised into the presence of the Lord Friday evening August 12, 2011 from the Extended Care Facility of Morrow County Hospital. He was 67.
Born May 3, 1944 in Galion to Robert L. and Catherene (Fuhrer) Morrison, he was graduated from Johnsville High School in 1962, and remained a lifelong area resident.
He farmed near Johnsville his entire life, yet found time to work in the 1960s with Lexington Concrete, and through the 1980s and 1990s with Modern Vault Company.
His work was never done on the farm, but Lloyd was the first to offer help, not to just his friends and family, but even to acquaintances he saw in need. He had a strong sense of community, a quick sense of humor and a deep love for his family. If he wasn’t working on the farm, he could be found enjoying the company of friends at the local coffee shop.
Lloyd was named “Outstanding Young Farmer” in Morrow County in 1976 and attended Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Joyce (Cottrell) Morrison, whom he married September 7, 1963; sons Lloyd Morrison, Jr., of Johnsville and Lyle Morrison of Monroeville; daughter and son-in-law Cheryl & James Hinton of Johnsville; grandchildren Jessica & B.J. Matthes of Norwalk, Katie Morrison of Wakeman, Jaris Morrison of Columbus, Sam Morrison of Monroeville, Kayla Morrison, Racheal Morrison and, Ethan Hinton all of Johnsville and Garrett Thomas of Caledonia; a great grandson Quintion Matthes; a brother and sister-in-law Robert & Karen Morrison of Lexington; sisters and brothers-in-law Helen & Jerry Matuch of Galion, Linda & Samuel Schlatter of Defiance and Laura & Frank Coleman of Mt. Gilead; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister and brother-in-law Nellie Victoria and Steve February.
The Morrison family will receive friends Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastors Ray Linn and Rick Burkhardt will officiate. His earthly body will be sown in Shauck Cemetery.
Contributions in his memory to The James Cancer Clinic of The Ohio State University Medical Center may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Morrison family, and private condolences to them may be made online at: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com