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William J. (Jerry) Morrill


William J. (Jerry) Morrill, 88, of Brevard, and Bluffton, S.C., passed away Friday, March 18, 2016, surrounded by his family in Brevard.

He was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Fort Wayne, Ind. to the late Wayne and Olga Welch Morrill. He graduated from South Side High School in Fort Wayne. During his high school years, he was the youngest manufacturing contractor during World War II, making bomber parts in the basement of his home under the tutelage of his father.

After high school, he was drafted by the United States Army and served in the Philippines. After his discharge, he joined the Air Force Reserves and was called up to active duty during the Korean War.

He later went on to college, received a B.S.E.E. from Purdue University, and became a licensed professional engineer for his entire career. He joined the family business, Morrill Motors, Inc., where he was a co-owner.

He and his wife, Mary, enjoyed traveling and lived for several years in the Turks and Caicos Islands. They recently began dividing their time between the mountains of North Carolina and the low country of South Carolina, areas they truly love.

Those who knew and loved Jerry enjoyed his quick wit, sense of humor, and the amazing stories he often told.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 63 years, Mary Prifogle Morrill; children, daughter, Terri Morrill, of Marana, Ariz .; son, David Morrill (Sherry), of Beaufort, S.C. and daughter, Linell Morrill Goodall (Chris), of Columbia, S.C .; and seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Goodall Hartley (Chuck), Margaret Goodall, Keegan Lynch, Anne Goodall, Jaime Lynch, Liam Lynch and Aidan Lynch.

Memorials may be made to Hillsdale College and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Transylvania Regional Hospital and Hospice for the extraordinary care given to their beloved husband and father.

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Moody-Connolly Funeral Home is caring for the family.


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