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George Morrisey

George Leo Morrisey Sr.

January 17, 1928 - July 25, 2019
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Obituary

George Leo Morrisey, 91, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday July 25, 2019 at Trinity Village Medical Center.

He was born January 17, 1928. He was the son of Leo Willam Morrisey and Mildred Barnett Morrisey. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1945 and attended Henderson State University. He served as national president of the TKO High School Fraternity.

Mr. Morrisey was a pilot from an early age-owning his first airplane prior to turning eighteen. He was a long time member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Quiet Birdmen. He enjoyed all types of boating and served as Commander of the Pine Bluff Power Squadron. Additionally, he enjoyed photography and watching the Indy 500 car races.

He started his early working life with Maxwell House Coffee and later was the owner of Morrisey’s IGA Supermarket in White Hall. He then worked for a number of years as a salesman for Joe Lee Home Center.

Mr. Morrisey was very active in the real estate industry. He was a vice president of Smithwick, Inc., where he trained many of the real estate agents in Pine Bluff. He was a member of the National and Arkansas Realtors Associations, Pine Bluff Homebuilders Association, and was President of the Pine Bluff Board of Realtors in 1976. He was recognized several times for outstanding salesmanship with real estate sales and listings in excess of $5 million in 1979 and $7 million in 1980. After retiring from Smithwick, Inc, he was owner of Morrisey Realty Company.

Mr. Morrisey was a Mason and member of Sahara Shrine where he played in the band. He was a Scoutmaster for many years and also an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Course.

He was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff. He was predeceased by his wife Beverly Smithwick Morrisey in 2000.

Survivors include a son, Dr. George Morrisey, Jr (Carolyn), daughters, Jeannie Myhand and Rindy Jones (Mike McGehee); grandchildren: Mirinda Williams (Thad), Shannon Koder (Jared), Lauren Felton (Ryan), Patrick Morrisey, Allison Morrisey; great grandchildren: Olivia Koder, Reid Felton.

Visitation will be Saturday August 3rd at 9:30 am at First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff with the service to follow at 10:30 am with Pastor Kenneth Thornton officiating the service.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, August 3, 2019 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff
    Address
    6501 S. Hazel Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 10:30am
    When
    Saturday, August 3, 2019 10:30am
    Location
    First Baptist Church, Pine Bluff
    Address
    6501 S. Hazel Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    There will be a private family burial.

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Mary Olivia Cornwell

Posted at 11:22am
Mr. George Morrisey came into my office at National Bank of Commerce a few months after I was hired and asked me to write a $46 check and "sign here." Of course, I inquired why I was writing that check and he said, "you and Justin (then five years old) need a home." I am honored and humbled to this day 30+ years later that Mr. Morrisey thought of my little family that morning.

The small check was to transfer the title for an assumable mortgage for a home in Indian Hills that was being turned over to the local S & L. No downpayment, no points to pay, just sign here. Mr. Morrisey knew the property would not last long so I literally bought my first home in Pine Bluff before I even saw it.

George Morrisey was a trustworthy, kind, sweet man. I am sure there are hundreds of people like us who had their lives improved by his thoughtfulness. The only grace in death is that sometimes it gives people the opportunity to shine a public light on goodness that matters. Mr. Morrisey's life mattered a lot. Jimmy and Justin join me in offering our heartfelt sympathy to his family over their huge loss. - Mary Olivia Cornwell
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Margaret Gatson

Posted at 01:48am
Dr. Morrisey and Family,
Your Father was an icon indeed with the community. His kindness, love, and generosity will be remembered. God has smiled on Him and set him free. Precious memories will linger in our hearts. I can see your Father's character in you. My prayer is that God will comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. We love and appreciate you.
Patients Margaret Gatson and Family
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