G. C. Morris

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Morris July 17, 1912
August 17, 1997

Dorothy O. McClurg
March 4, 1914


Married Dec. 16, 1934
The Lord is my Shepherd . . .

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G C Morris
1934 - 1942 Member, Texas House of Representatives
1942 - 1950 Member, Texas Senate
1949 Elected President Pro-Tem Texas Senate
1949 Served as Lt. Governor after death of Governor Beauford Jester
1952 - 1990 Executive Director Automotive Wholesalers of Texas
1976 - 1982 Member, Board of Regents, East Texas State University at Commerce
Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather - Devout Christian
53 Year Member of Kiwanis in Greenville and Austin

Dorothy O. McClurg
Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother
Members of Tarrytown United Methodist Church
Member of the Texas Senate Ladies Club
Their Children George Carroll and Nancy Emaly
Their Grandchildren Michael and Rachel Stephens

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In Loving Memory of Our Son
George Carroll Morris
Sept. 27, 1943
May 31, 1989
"Ashes to Ashes Dust to Dust"
New York City
Full Name: G. C. Morris
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 1 (C1)
Row:H  Number:5
Reason for Eligibility: Member, Texas House of Representatives; Member and President Pro-Tempore, Texas Senate; Ex Officio Lieutenant Governor; Member, Board of Regents, East Texas State University at Commerce 
Birth Date: July 17, 1912 
Died: August 17, 1997 
Buried: August 20, 1997 
 

MORRIS, G. C. (1912 ~1997) G. C. Morris, elected official and Acting Lieutenant Governor, was born in Van Alstyne, Grayson County Texas, and grew up in Greenville, Hunt County, Texas. He graduated from Wesley Junior College and received his law degree in 1943. In 1982, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Law from East Texas State University. G. C. was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1934, at age 22 and served four two-year terms. In 1942, he was elected to the State Senate where he served eight years. He was elected President Pro-Tem of the Senate in 1949 and became Acting Lieutenant Governor of Texas in July 1949, when Governor Beauford Jester died. G. C. introduced and secured passage of the bill that made it possible for handicapped children to receive their public school education. He authored the Omnibus Tax Bill of 1941. He assisted in the creation of the Legislative Budget Board and Legislative Council, and as the first Chairman, initiated programs of the two agencies to provide greater efficiency in State government. During his tenure as a public servant he received numerous awards as an outstanding elected official.

In 1952, G. C. became the Chief Executive Officer of the Automotive Wholesalers of Texas. He served in that capacity until he retired in 1990. G. C. was recognized as one of the nations leading association executives. In 1961, he was named Man of the Year by the AWTAE. He served as President of the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE) in 1963 - 64. In 1965, G. C. received the Key Award from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an association executive in the United States. In 1968, he was awarded the Chartered Association Executive designation by ASAE. In 1974, he was selected as TSAE's Distinguished Exec of the Year and in 1980, he was honored as a Distinguished Life Member.

G. C. was a very active and loyal member of the Tarrytown United Methodist Church. For many years he served on the Administrative Board and the Staff-Parish Committee. He taught a Sunday School Class for forty years, now named the G. C. Morris Bible Class. He was also very active in community and civic affairs. In 1976, Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed him to the Board of Regents of East Texas State University where he served for six years. He was President of the Greenville Kiwanis Club and the University Area Kiwanis Club in Austin. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis District.

Information taken from obituary.

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#8827) Served in the House during the 44th-47th sessions. Served in the State Senate during the 48th-51st sessions. While serving as President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Morris was elevated to acting Lieutenant Governor (1949 - 1951) when Lieutenant Governor Allan Shivers succeeded Beauford Jester, who passed away in office.
Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:27 PM

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