Gary L. Morrison

Gary L. Morrison

Gary L. Morrison, 81, of Goreville, and a former longtime resident of Anna,  died at 7:39 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2022.

He was born on Jan. 28, 1941, in Goreville, the son of Zack Morrison and Afton Davis Morrison.

On July 23, 1960, he married Helen Janet Brewer in Union County. She survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Annette (Wade) Pritchett and John William (Cynthia Welch) Morrison, all of Goreville; eight grandchildren, Ashley (Keith) Bennett, Brandi (Josiah) Miller, Gary William Morrison, Amanda Lamay Morrison, Clara Machelle (Dakota) Bozarth, Jessica Cheyenne Welch, Joseph Morrison and Alaina (Tyler) Johnson; and 11 great-grandchildren, Knox, Dominick, Jasper, Campbell Fay, Dylan, Kendra, Summer, Lane, Wrenleigh, Gunner and Jack.

Mr. Morrison was preceded in death by his father, Zack Morrison; his mother, Afton Jarvis Jenkins; a son, James Howard Morrison; and a brother, Jerry Morrison.

He was a 1958 graduate of Goreville High School.  He also attended Murray State University, where he played basketball. He was enjoyed and was very knowledgeable about all sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox baseball fan.  He was also an SIU Saluki basketball fan.

He worked as a route salesman for the Hostess Company. He also was the owner/operator of a car wash and laundromat business.

He was a former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge No. 1346 in Anna. He and Janet worshipped together at the Busby Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

A funeral service honoring the life of Gary Morrison will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, today, at Busby Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, 7715 State Route 37 North, Goreville. Pastor Darren Clark will officiate. Burial will be in the Busby Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will befrom 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, at the church.

Memorials can be made to the Busby Chapel Cemetery, c/o Jim Dunn, 375 Dunn Ln., Goreville, Ill. 62939; to Busby Chapel Freewill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 354, Goreville, Ill. 62939; or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 4400 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110.

To share a memory or an online message of condolence for his family, visit

Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna is in charge of arrangements.

The Gazette-Democrat

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Anna, Illinois 62906
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