If you want to buy everything you need to build a deck, or you just want to know how to stain and seal it, you would probably visit McKee Lumber and True Value Hardware on North 7th Street. If you are a commercial builder or a ‘do it yourself’ weekend warrior, you would probably visit McKee Lumber. If you want to talk to someone who leads by actions and not by headline, you would absolutely visit McKee Lumber. Ask for owner Larry Morrison. It is there that you will find a person who is passionate, devoted to family and community, and who doesn’t seek recognition. Morrison is a stellar example of what it means to be a behind-the-scenes mover and shaker, a connector, a doer. In fact, if you ask 10 community leaders what they know or think about Larry Morrison, none of them will tell you anything specific. They won’t give you a list of the boards on which he has served. Instead they talk about him as a person. “He is so generous, both personally and professionally.” “He’s been an avid supporter for years of so many causes.” “He has more commitment to this community and passion about life than a dozen people.” “If it’s good for the community, Larry is involved.” “Larry is a daily illustration of what it means to lead a fulfilling life.” Morrison is one of those rare people who lead by example and not by resume. It is obviously a prime reason he has been named Grand Marshal of the 2018 Derrick Days Parade according to Derrick Days Board President Carey Dean. Morrison grew up in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where his dad was fire chief and later state fire marshal and his mother owned a dress shop. They may not have had much money to give to the community, but they certainly gave their time and talent to many civic organizations, according to Vicky Morrison, Larry’s wife of 48 years. That’s what helped shape Larry into the person he is today. McKee Lumber was founded in Corsicana in 1936, but Morrison started his career with the company in Lee’s Summit when he was 19. He and wife Vicky moved with their three children (Cassie, Jessica and Bryson) to Corsicana in 1980. He eventually bought the business in 1991. The Morrisons jumped into life full force during those early days here. Larry began a lifelong commitment to the YMCA and first joined the board in 1985. Vicky went back to school and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree; she started teaching in 1999 and was named principal at James L. Collins Catholic School in 2016. In addition to the YMCA, Larry has been on the boards of the Corsicana Education Foundation, Navarro Regional Hospital, the Corsicana Country Club, and Camp Fire among others and has been heavily involved in Habitat for Humanity, the Navarro County Youth Expo and raising scholarship money for Navarro College. For the past 11 years, Larry donated his time as one of three City Civil Service Commissioners, stepping down last year. “Larry has operated a successful business for many years in Corsicana but an equally important part of his service has been in the community as a volunteer, contributor and a Civil Service Commissioner,” said City Manager Connie Standridge. “His contributions are extremely valuable to the City.” “I don’t even know what all he has done,” said Vicky. “It’s not something he talks about.” The Derrick Days Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 28. It is the first time that nominations for Grand Marshal have been open to the public through a ballot published for two weeks in The Corsicana Daily Sun. Nominations closed March 31. The 40-person 2018 Derrick Days Steering Committee then voted on their top three choices. To participate in this year’s parade, line up at the Brookshire’s parking lot at 800 N. Main St. at 8:15 a.m. The parade is free to anyone who wants to participate; no registration is required.
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