William Fowlkes Morrisette

May 5, 1923March 4, 2014

Greensboro, NC: William Fowlkes Morrisette, 90, of 1913 Rosecrest Dr., died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at his residence. William was born in Uniontown, Alabama, the son of the late Louise Fowlkes and Nathaniel Welch Morrisette.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Peebles Morrisette and his siblings, Louise M. Moody, , Marie M. McKinley, Frances M. Lawson and N. Welch Morrisette.

Surviving William are his wife, Anne Compton Morrisette; daughters, Marie M. Sartin (Ed) and Darrow M. Stockdale (Bill); and sons, Bill Morrisette Jr. (Allison), and David Morrisette (Melissa). Also surviving are his grandchildren, Emory McGinness Keenan, Mier McGinness Esch, Taylor Morrisette Stockdale, Morgan Allison Morrisette, John Alderman Morrisette, Jessica Daniel Riley Morrisette, Ryan William Morrisette, Dainis John David Morrisette, Oskars Fleet Morrisette, Arthurs Armistead Morrisette, Gunars Gaines Keener Morrisette, Mareks Hudson Morrisette; and great grandchild Cason Esch. His step-children are Thomas A. Compton (Connie), Penn S. Compton (Martha), William C. Compton, and Key T. Compton (Sue).

He served as an Air Force pilot during WWII, flying a B24 Liberator over the Panama Canal. After the war he graduated from the University of Alabama where he earned a degree in Business Administration and was a member of the SAE fraternity. Following his graduation he worked seventeen years for Gulf States Paper Company of Tuscaloosa, AL. He was a bold visionary, creating Morrisette Paper Company in 1962. This very successful family business was founded on his simple yet powerful philosophy – “We do what we say we will do”. That spirit continues to this day with 2nd and 3rd generation family members in the business. His pioneer spirit, along with his deep love of the land, subsequently led to the creation of Chateau Morrisette Winery in 1975 in Virginia, followed by the Morrisette Catfish Farm in 1995 in Alabama.

He was a member of the Greensboro Country Club, Capital Investment Club, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, a strong supporter with passion for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, former member of the Greensboro Kiwanis Club, and a weekly participant of John Willett’s Bible Study. William will be forever remembered as a true southern gentleman, reflective of his Alabama heritage.

A celebration of his life will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 8, 2014 in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends Friday, March 7, from 5-7 pm at 1913 Rosecrest Dr.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to the caregivers from Home Instead.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The National Wildlife Foundation, 1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20005;The Salvation Army of Greensboro, 821 Aycock St, Greensboro, NC 27403; or Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

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  • Visitation Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Barry Oakley

March 12, 2014

Bill Morrisette Sr. leaves a legacy of strength, compassion, and generosity. He taught me what character is all about. Character is not only who you are, and what you are, it's what you do with your life and how you impact others.

Over the years we shared a love of animals, and especially with his last dog (Rescue). If everyone had the strength of heart and kindness he did, the world would surely be a better place.
Heaven is surely brighter with him there, and our lives are brighter for having known him. I will miss him everyday.

Clyde Collins, III

March 11, 2014

To all the Morrissette family, our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bill. He was a true Southern gentleman and a true friend to so many. We will always have fond memories especially of time spent on the mountain. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Steven Clements

March 10, 2014

To the entire Morrisette family. Our condolences are with you and all of your family for the loss of Bill. He was a gentleman and visionary within the packaging industry. He will be missed and our prayers are with you. The family and staff of Ben Clements and Sons, Inc. / Tach-It.

Kim Heritage

March 8, 2014

David, Bill, Marie and Darrow, My family enjoyed living next door to you on Kimberly. Your father was wonderful to my father when my mother passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Cecily Zagaroli

March 8, 2014

Dear, sweet friends, we are so sorry to hear about Mr. Morrisette...he was such a wonderful and delightful piece of work! His graciousness, humor, and spunk were an inspiration to many. While we did not get to see him so much in recent years, we always speak of him fondly and will miss him terribly. Our prayers are with you and your family. With much love, the Zagarolis

Ronny Belcher

March 8, 2014

I will always be grateful for the opportunity that Mr M. gave me to get into the sales field. He was a true southern gentleman and would go out of his way to help anyone who .needed help. I know he will be truly missed, but his legacy will live on with all of us who had such fond memories of him.My prayers to all of the " Morisette Family"...

March 7, 2014

We enjoyed Bill Morrisette's genuine courtly manner and always found him to be good company. He was an outstanding human being.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Evelyn and Paul Zopf

March 7, 2014

I had great respect for him. I am sorry for your loss. I know there is grief. May it turn to gratitude soon. He will be missed by many.

Bill Sparks

Katherine and Billy Truitt

March 7, 2014

Marie, Emory, and Mier,
We are thinking of you and the Sartin, Stockdale, Morrisette, and Compton families (Wow, what a legacy!) as you remember the life of such a wonderful and accomplished man.

Bob Fennel

March 7, 2014

I've been fortunate to have known Mr. Morrisette for 30 years and the admiration I had for him has grown every year. He was a fantastic businessman and an even better person that had a wonderful family. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone.