William "Will" Haight Morrill

November 9, 1995November 30, 2018
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William Haight Morrill died Friday, November. 30, 2018 as a result of an auto accident. He was 23.

An Eagle Scout, Will graduated in May from Appalachian State University in Boone. He worked for Charlotte’s Barringer Construction Co. as an assistant project engineer.

Will embraced life with confidence and determination. He had a seemingly boundless curiosity and appetite for adventure.

As a kid, he took apart an old adding machine just to see how it worked. Through Scouts, he learned carpentry, building furniture and turning wooden bowls. Later, volunteering at Charlotte’s Re-Cyclery, he learned how to build bikes and soon started his own repair business. He was always a builder.

A graduate of Outward Bound, Will loved the outdoors from Caswell Beach to the mountains around Boone where he biked and skied. To everything, he brought an explorer’s sense of discovery. A summer construction internship in Los Angeles was a chance to discover the West. So was this past summer when he worked at a ranch in Wyoming, where he learned to fly fish and brand calves.

Will was a leader. He was senior patrol leader for Scout Troop 55. At App, he was president of Theta Chi fraternity and of the Student Builders Association. His potential was unlimited.

Will always kept his family and friends close. He made them laugh, brought them together and made them happy. They all miss him dearly.

Will is survived by his parents, Kathy Haight and Jim Morrill, and his brother Max, all of Charlotte; his grandparents, Joan and Bill Inscoe of Newton.

Other survivors include aunt and uncles: Jeanne and Ralph Alexander, Barbara Haight and Shane Jones, Lynette Inscoe and RaeAnn Hennes, Rob Inscoe, and Nancy and Paul Cucci; and cousins: Ryan Cucci, Kathleen Cucci, Laura Gerlock and Gioele Giomarelli, Kate Alexander, Callie Inscoe, Joseph Inscoe, Tyler Inscoe and Preston Inscoe.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 4th, at Harry and Bryant, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28207.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 5th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte, 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211. A reception will follow at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. 5th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trips for Kids Re-Cyclery, 1132 N Caldwell St., Charlotte, NC 28206, or to Outreach Programs, the Mecklenburg County Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1410 East 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, December 5, 2018

William "Will" Haight Morrill

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Henry Underhill

December 11, 2018

Jim and Cathy - you have my deepest sympathies for your tragic and sudden loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers are this difficult time.

Will Dunbar

December 11, 2018

Last time we talked was on the beach in Myrtle this past spring. You were telling me about the your new 4runner and the future summer job out west. We probably saw each other only a few times each semester but I always loved catching up and hearing about what you had planned after graduation.

Will was my Appal core leader freshman year and definitely one of the nicest dudes I have ever met.

Rest easy homie, I’ll see ya when I see ya🤙🏼

I thought about you a lot during the snow day yesterday because I drove by your old crib on Howard street. I know you would have enjoyed trying drive through the 18inches of snow on the ground, like I did

Andrew Koehn

December 5, 2018

We are holding your family in our thoughts and prayers. We enjoyed getting to know and work with Will this past summer. He will always have a special place in our hearts. His smile will be greatly missed.

Kitty Lanier

December 5, 2018

We are so saddened by Will’s sudden and tragic death. As grandparents of Louise Mohorn, we had the pleasure of meeting you in Boone for Parents’ Weekend in October, 2017. We enjoyed our time with you then and also enjoyed the times we spent with Will. He was a young man who exhibited the fine qualities which you instilled in him. We admired him and appreciated his kind spirit and devotion to those for whom he cared. Please know that we send our sympathy and will continue to keep your family in our hearts and prayers.

Kitty and Denny Lanier, West Palm Beach, FL

Cathy Francis

December 5, 2018

Dear Kathy, Jim and Max,

We are keeping you close in thought and prayer during this saddest of times.

With love and compassion,
Cathy and Art Francis

Gabriel Jones

December 4, 2018

I had several classes with Will. I remember how smart and confident, yet so humble, patient, and kind he was. Will was well known in the Building Science Department for his hard work, dedication and determination. He was a go-getter and we all knew he had a bright and successful future ahead of him. He helped me in my classes without hesitation when I was having trouble. I'm glad I got to know such a good friend as Will. My heart and prayers goes out to his family and loved ones.

Micaela Spinelli

December 4, 2018

From Friday night football games to senior prom, and all the way to Appalachian State, me and Will spent countless wonderful moments together. My high school sweet heart and truly one of my best friends, we grew together, adventured together, and had an amazing journey of 2 years. I am so thankful he was brought into my life and lit up my young world. He sincerely believed in me and had so much compassion for others. We took our journeys in different directions but always stayed close friends. I know your up there watching down over us and I 'pinky promise' I will always love and cherish the memories that we made together. Rest easy, Will.


Micaela Spinelli

Barbara Barkley

December 4, 2018

Dear Jim and Kathy,
My heart is breaking for you. I didn't know Will but with parents like you, I know he was a fine young man. Please accept my love and sympathy.
Barbara Barkley

Tom Fixmer

December 3, 2018

Jim and Kathy
Please accept our deepest sympathy for your tragic loss. There is no way that we can understand the pain and agony that you must be experiencing at this time. Although Janet and I will not be able to attend the services, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tom and Janet Fixmer

Rick Rothacker

December 3, 2018

Jim and Kathy - We are so sorry about Will and can’t stop thinking about you two and Max and your whole family. It was always a treat to hear you on the phone talking to your boys, Jim, sharing advice and just checking in. You are such a great family and Will was lucky to have such great parents.