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Rev David McNab Morrison

Birth
McClellanville, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Death 6 Mar 2010 (aged 92)
Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, USA
Burial McClellanville, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 49449137 · View Source
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Reverend David McNab Morrison, Th.D., of Columbia, made his exodus to the abundant life March 6, 2010 surrounded by his family.

Born in McClellanville, at Doe Hall Plantation on April 7, 1917, he was the son of the late Wells Leland Morrison and Mary Eugenie Mackintosh Morrison.

Dr. Morrison graduated from McClellanville High School as valedictorian in 1934. He received the B.A. degree from Presbyterian College in 1939, the B.D. degree from Columbia Seminary in 1942, the Masters of Theology from Princeton Seminary in 1948, the Doctorate of Theology from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1956, and the Masters of Education Degree from the University of Florida in 1965.
He was an active Ministerial student at Presbyterian College and was elected President of the Ministerial Club in his senior year.

Upon graduation, he was awarded a gold medal for being selected, "The most outstanding ministerial student during his senior year." He was also awarded a medal for outstanding service as Religion Editor of The Blue Stocking, the college newspaper.

His first pastorate was the Bethune (SC) Presbyterian Church, and from there he entered the U.S. Navy as a Chaplain. After a period of training in the Chaplains School at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, he was assigned to the 104th Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees) and went directly to the South Pacific where his unit participated in the Adm. Islands Campaign. Upon return to the U.S., he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Training Center in NY. While there, he was one of seven chaplains selected from the service by the Chief of Chaplains office for the special training in the demobilization program of the Navy, to assist in the separation program of the Navy and to train other chaplains in this program.

After periods of training at the Great Lakes Naval Station and the Navy Pier, Chicago, he was assigned to the naval separation center in Toledo, Ohio, where he served until his separation from service in 1946. While in the inactive reserve, he was selected for promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Morrison then began pastoral work again and served the Lowell, NC Presbyterian Church. He then left to enter Princeton Seminary as a candidate for the Master of Theology Degree. Upon graduation, he served as Pastor of the Mayesville and Concord Presbyterian Churches. In 1953, he was offered the position as head of the Religion Department in Erskine College in Due West. While there he was asked to teach in the Erskine Theological Seminary, which he did for several years, serving as Professor of Biblical Theology. Dr. Morrison was also interested in church related schools on lower levels, and he was offered the position as Headmaster of the Riverside Presbyterian Day School in Jacksonville, FL. He began work there in 1960 and served until 1972. He directed a program of development that led to the school being strengthened in all areas. While he was there, enrollment grew from 125 to 450 students with a long waiting list. While serving at Riverside, the school was accredited by the Florida Department of Education, the American Association of Independent Schools, and the Florida Council of Independent Schools. He was elected to the Board of the Florida Council of Independent Schools and served for several terms. He was invited to return to a former pastorate in Mayesville, and did so in 1972 after 12 years at the Riverside School. He served the pastorate for ten years, and upon "Retirement," he was called to serve the Wedgefield Presbyterian Church in 1982 as the Stated Supply Pastor, where he served until October 21, 2002. While in the pastorate in Harmony Presbytery, he served as moderator of the division of Institutional Ministers of the Synod of the Southeast. He was elected as a commissioner to five General Assembly meetings of the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Morrison is survived by his wife of 67 years, the former Sarah Clarisse Deloache; two daughters, Mary Janice Morrison and Elizabeth Anne Morrison Scott (Gary), both of Columbia; two grandsons, J. Richard Sloan (Jennifer) of Winter Park, FL and Matthew Morrison Smith of Columbia; two granddaughters, Sarah Robertson of Princeton, WV and Jennifer McKenzie Scott of Columbia; a great-grandson Mason Richard Sloan of Winter Park, FL; two great-granddaughters, Victoria Robertson of Princeton, WV and Nora Addison Sloan of Winter Park, FL; one sister, Leila Holcombe of Mt. Pleasant; a number of nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Sarah Patricia Morrison, and two brothers, James B. Morrison and Wells Leland Morrison, Jr.

Interment was in New Wappetaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery, McClellanville.


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  • Created by: Just another taphophile
  • Added: 9 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49449137
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev David McNab Morrison (7 Apr 1917–6 Mar 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49449137, citing New Wappetaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery, McClellanville, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Just another taphophile (contributor 46513469) .