Wednesday October 7th, 2015 11:51AM

Longtime Gainesville optometrist dies; J.C. Morrison was 91

By Ken Stanford Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Dr. J.C. Morrison, Jr., Gainesville, who practiced optometry in Gainesville for more than 50 years, died at his home Tuesday at the age of 91.

Dr. Morrison practiced in Gainesville for 56 years, retiring in 2006.

He received his Doctorate of Optometry degree in 1948 from the Southern College of Optometry (SCO) in Memphis, Tenn. While attending SCO, he made the highest grade ever for a student at that time. In 2008, Dr. Morrison received the Lifetime Appreciation award from the American Optometric Association for his 50+ years of continuous service.

He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1939. While at GHS he lettered in three sports: football, baseball, and basketball.

Dr. Morrison was a former chairman of the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department board and was a member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church for 65 years where he also served as Church Treasurer.

He was the son of an optometrist, and his son, Dr. Bill Morrison, is also an optometrist. The three together have provided eye care to the Gainesville area continuously for 97 years.

The funeral will be at 11:00 Friday at the Little-Davenport Funeral Home Chapel.

(A complete obituary can be found on the Obituaries Page.)
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