Al was a retired United States Marine Corps veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict, and following his retirement from the military worked as a professional shooter with Hal duPont. He then worked as the Newberry County Veterans Affairs Director from which he also retired. He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Morrison was a Shriner, a former member of the Newberry Rotary Club, served on the Newberry County Council on Aging Board and was a member of numerous hunt clubs.
Mr. Morrison operated the Triangle Gun Club. He was an award-winning shooter who had been inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame (1992), the U.S. Armed Forces Hall of Fame (1993) and the South Carolina Skeet Shooting Association Hall of Fame (1993). He participated as an Olympic shooter and was a three-time Gold Medalist in the 1968 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
He is survived by his wife, Jonelle DeHart Morrison; son, Allen Walker (Liz) Morrison, Jr. of Stafford, VA; a daughter, Diana (Worth) Beacham of Greenville, NC; John Clarke DeHart of Pomaria who was reared in the home; a sister, Joann Acton of Cropwell, AL; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Norine B. Kinard. He was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Ann Keye.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, September 3. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 950 West Farris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
NSSA extends its sympathy to Al’s family and his many friends in the skeet community.