Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

October 4, 2010

Pleasant Hill bids farewell to Fred and Sara Morrison

Sometimes even in their 80s people embark upon a new chapter in their lives. Fred and Sara Morrison have lived in Pleasant Hill since 1990 (Sara) and 1992 (Fred), sharing their gifts of caring and talent with others here and throughout Cumberland County. Sara Hunt taught nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta, retiring to Knoxville where she was the first ever doctor of nutritional sciences and taught part time at the University of Tennessee. Fred managed Latin American operations for a major shoe manufacturing company for 28 years. He traveled in every country south of Mexico and lived primarily in Peru, Brazil, and Argentina. In 1978 he formed an export-import company selling footwear and leather products based in Brazil. Fred and his ailing first wife retired to Pleasant Hill in 1992 where his stepmother was living. After his wife’s death, he and Sara connected during contra dancing in the Pleasant Hill Community House and the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, marrying in 1995.

It was only natural that Sara would be pressed into service as the food and nutrition guru for the Pleasant Hill Child Enrichment Center where she worked daily from 1991 until 2006. Fred was president of the center’s board for ten years. Together they founded and developed the yearly service auction to benefit the center. Sara’s cakes and Fred’s homemade ice cream were always the hit of the event. Their fund-raising spaghetti dinners helped to pay bonuses to the staff. The Wharton Association has held service auctions honoring them to benefit the local food pantry and scholarship funds after the Child Enrichment Center closed in 2008. 

Sara was a key woman for the Cumberland County chapter of Church Women United (CWU) and Ecumenical Celebrations chair for many years. She was honored as Valiant Woman of the Year in 2009 for service to CWU, her own church and the community. The Morrisons were tutors with the Cumberland Adult Reading Council where Sara was on the board. They were very active in two churches, St. Raphael’s Episcopal in Crossville and Pleasant Hill Community, UCC. At St. Raphael’s, Sara helped with the Altar Guild, managed the kitchen, Maundy Thursday dinners, and belonged to Episcopal Church Women. Both were very involved in adult education, and considered pillars of the church. At the Pleasant Hill Community Church, Fred was on the Scholarship Committee, chair of the board of trustees, and Sara served on the Church Wide Events Committee, preparing food for the vacation Bible school and could always be counted on for any activity involving food.

Fred has been Ina Maxwell’s aide for 17 years in the Pleasant Hill Elementary School following her from grade-to-grade. Fred has served as president of the Uplands’ Assembly, the Historical Society, and the May Cravath Wharton Association in Pleasant Hill. The Friends of the Art Circle Library meeting attendance greatly increased in the many years that Sara was in charge of refreshments.

Moving to Fletcher House of Assisted Living two years ago, Sara organized weekly programs, movies twice a week, bingo nights, wine and cheese parties, and outings into the community. Uplands Village named her Volunteer of the Year in 2009. So why would the Morrisons want to leave this area where they have served so well and been so beloved? Well, there are two grandchildren aged 8 and 10 waiting to be enriched by this talented couple in Greensboro, Georgia and Fred is anxious to have Sara cook for him again. Sara says that’s because she makes everything that he likes and the way he likes it. Fred has four daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren living in other parts of the country. Our latchkey in Pleasant Hill will always be out for the Morrisons. Y’all come back, hear — soon!

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