Grant Albert Morrison Jr.

Posted: Wed 7:28 AM, Nov 28, 2012
August 30, 1933 – November 25, 2012

Grant Albert Morrison, Jr., passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012, in Bryan, Texas. A private family burial service will be held on Friday morning followed by a public memorial service on Friday, November 30 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Bryan. Visitation with family will follow the memorial service in the First Baptist Church of Bryan Family Life Center.

Born in Mercedes Texas, Grant attended and graduated in 1955 from Texas A&M University with a BS in Agricultural Education and then a Master of Education degree in 1962. Continuing his education, Grant earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Houston in 1972. Balancing work, education and family life, Grant taught high school science for the Houston Independent School District and wrote science curriculum at NASA. For 19 years, Grant served Brazosport Community College in Lake Jackson, Texas as Dean of Continuing Education. Moving to Bryan at retirement, Grant contributed to the growth of young minds by teaching science at Allen Academy and Hammond-Oliver High School in Bryan, Texas. His impact on students was evident as many former students recognized and greeted him many years after their time in the classroom.

Serving the local and international communities, Grant served as a member of Rotary International and of Gideon's International, as President of the Texas Continuing Education Association, and as a longtime volunteer at the College Station Medical Center. Religious convictions were the mainstream of his life as evidenced by his service as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of Bryan. Gardening and traveling were his lifelong interests, which he enjoyed and shared with his wife, Jean, for 57 years.

A loving and caring husband, father, friend, grandfather and great-grandfather, Grant is survived by his wife, Jean Kirby Morrison; daughters, Linda Spencer and Lisa Young, along with sons-in-law Robbie Spencer and David Young; grandsons, Layne, Kyle and Aaron Young, Nathan Russell, and Marcus and Neal Spencer; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Mason Young; and a sister, Natalie Shunk of Mercedes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Grant Morrison, Sr. and Gertrude Morrison; and a sister, Barbara Hanson.

His smile, loving nature, and servant's heart will be missed by all he taught, worked alongside, or came into his acquaintance, especially by the family and community of friends who loved him.

Contributions in his honor can be made to Gideon's International, Young Life, or the First Baptist Church of Bryan.

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