Jack  Morton

Jack Morton

Jack Walter Morton of Cumming, Georgia, passed away on March 26, 2011. He was 74. Mr. Morton was born February 16, 1937 in Norcross, GA, to his late parents, C. Augustus (Gus) and Lucile Berry Morton. He was a graduate of Norcross High School's Class of 1955 and was an avid baseball player for the school's team. Mr. Morton attended Mercer University and graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. In September of 1962, Mr. Morton married his childhood friend from the First Baptist Church of Norcross, Ann White Morton, daughter of Herschel H. and Mary Long White of Norcross. Jack and Ann Morton lived in Decatur and were members of the First Baptist Church of Decatur. In 1971, they moved to Tucker, where they raised their family of two sons and one daughter, and later moved to Cumming in 2000 and joined Northside Drive Baptist Church in 2002. While living in Tucker, Mr. Morton was a dedicated member and teacher of the Businessmen's Bible Class of Briarlake Baptist Church. There he volunteered as a baseball coach and served on several committees. His community involvement included PTA president at Midvale Elementary School and also as booster club president of Tucker High School's chorus. For 34 years, Mr. Morton worked for the State of Georgia Department of Revenue. In 1991, he retired as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Revenue, a post he held for 9 years. During the administration of Governor George Busbee, he was appointed as the Director of the Tax Reform Commission. In his retirement, he served as Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Tax Officials. Mr. Morton was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Nancy M. Little, who lived in Doraville. Mr. Morton is survived by his dedicated wife of 48 years, Ann White Morton of Cumming; sons, W. Edward (Ted) Morton of Arlington, Virginia and Brian H. Morton (Angela D.) of Tampa, Florida; and a daughter, Allison Morton Tate (James) of Highlands, North Carolina. He was the proud grandfather of six: Dillon, Ellie, Allison Claire and Jack Morton of Tampa, Florida; and Ethan and Eliza Tate of Highlands, North Carolina. A sister, Helen M. Morriss (George) of Lilburn, also survives him, as do many nephews, nieces, brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, loved ones and friends. Jack was a loyal and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. To his family and many friends, he will be remembered as a great man of gentle strength, steady faithfulness, and humble generosity. The funeral service will be conducted Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Northside Drive Baptist Church; 3100 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30305 with Dr. James E. Lamkin and Dr. R. Alan Culpepper officiating. Pallbearers will be H. Allen Cawley, Douglas B. Hawks, Sr., T. Jerry Jackson, Robert J. Lenihan, Jr., David J. Little, and Richard H. White. Interment will follow at Peachtree Memorial Park, Norcross, Georgia. The family will receive friends at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home; 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard; Norcross, GA 30092; (770) 448-5757 on Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University; 3001 Mercer University Drive; Atlanta, Georgia 30341-4155 or The Craddock Center; Post Office Box 69; Cherry Log, Georgia 30522. Online condolences may be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Norcross, GA 30092, (770) 448-5757.