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Charles Finley Morrison
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Charles Finley Morrison, 88 years old, of Georgetown, KY., passed away peacefully at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lexington, KY on March 21, 2018 after a long illness. He was born in Georgetown, KY on July 28, 1929, a son of the late Edna and Carl Morrison. Finley is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Iona Elizabeth (Morris) Morrison of Georgetown, KY.; his son, David Morrison and his wife Carroll (Kelly) Morrison of Smith Chapel, WV; his daughter, Carol Finley (Morrison) Wilson and her husband Mike of Lexington, KY; his son, Scott Morrison and his wife Lisa (Arnold) Morrison of Georgetown, Ky.
Finley is also survived by his grandchildren, Elizabeth Grey (Morrison) Thomas and her husband, Brandon Thomas of Charleston, SC; Kelly (Morrison) Light and her husband, Reed Light of Clarksburg, WV; Chad Morrison of Smith Chapel, WV; Ashley Wilson of Lexington, KY; Matthew Wilson of Lexington, KY; and Caleb Morrison of Georgetown, KY; and great-grandchildren Nora Brynn Light of Clarksburg, WV and John Henry Thomas of Charleston, SC. Other survivors include his sister, Pat Eggen; nephews Russ Sowers, Mike Morris, Larry Morris, Dennis Morris, Fred Morris, and Dwayne Eggen; and nieces Shirley Hutchins, Julie Cooke, Patty Merriman, Janis Slaughter, Tabatha Morris, Susan Sayre, and Marla Marcum.
Finley was a 1947 graduate of Garth High School and the Bluegrass Technical College. He volunteered for the United States Navy, serving in MCB2, a division of the SeaBees in the Korean conflict. He was at the dock in San Diego when Charles True, a Georgetown native and friend, first re-entered the country after being held as a prisoner of war. Finley had been in contact with Mr. True’s family, and knew where and when Mr. True would re-enter the country. Finley told the story of how glad Mr. True was to see someone from home. Finley visited him regularly in the military hospital in San Diego.
After serving his country, Finley returned to Georgetown and did some farming with his father. He also assisted his father in building a number of barns, many of which continue to dot Scott and surrounding counties. He worked as a TV repairman, etc. and ran the film projector at the Georgetown drive-in. Eventually, Finley became employed by Cranfill-Frey, a heating and air conditioning company, where he worked for many years. In 1978, Finley opened his own heating and air conditioning business, where he worked until his retirement in 2004.
A tireless worker, Finley and his father literally built the house that Finley and Iona moved into in 1961, and where they remained until his recent death. In his business, he worked long, hard hours, but still made time to attend as many of the activities of his children and grandchildren as he could. Finley coached Little League baseball, Senior League baseball, was a Cub Scout Leader and volunteered at the Amen House in Georgetown.
Finley got great joy out of watching his children and grandchildren in their activities. He attended a large number of dance recitals, cheerleading competitions, soccer games, football games, baseball games, tennis matches and basketball games. When he could not be at all of those events for his grandchildren, he loved the telephone calls during which his grandchildren would tell him all about it. Finley and Iona were insistent that their children get their college degrees. He and Iona sacrificed a great deal to accomplish that, and were very proud of the accomplishments of their children and grandchildren. He was also the immediate and extended family “rock”, helping make tough decisions and assisting whenever he could.
Finley was very active for many years in the Georgetown Baptist Church, having served as the Superintendent for Sunday Schools among other positions. Thereafter he became a member of the Lyle Road Baptist Church. He was a lifetime member of Scott County Post 24 of the American Legion, and was one of the organizers and leaders of the successful effort to erect a monument in the Georgetown Cemetery to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. While serving in the American Legion, Finley was responsible for organizing the Honor Guard for many military funerals in central Kentucky. He was a true patriot, and visited local schools to help insure that the students there appreciated the sacrifices of those who served in the military to defend our country.
Finley was a huge fan of UK and Scott County basketball. Near death, he was pleased to learn that UK had made it to the Sweet Sixteen this year.
Finley leaves behind a legacy of love for his family and country, sacrifice and hard work. He will be missed by his family and those who knew him.

Visitation will be Friday, March 23, 2018 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Tucker, Yocum, & Wilson Funeral Home, where services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Burial will be in Georgetown Cemetery.

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home

320 West Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324





1:00 PM
Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home

320 West Main Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

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Georgetown Cemetery

710 S. Broadway
Georgetown, KY 40324


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