Obituary: Morris Grant Looney

Friday, September 2, 2011

Maj. Morris Grant Looney, 94, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011.

He was born in Moulton, Ala., the son of Morris Loyd and Laura Geneva Woods Looney.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on Jan. 2, 1937, at Fort McClellan, Ala. as a member of a non-mechanized infantry unit. Stationed at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, he went on to serve in the Korean War. Among the medals he earned for his service are the Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the United Nations Service Medal. He enjoyed the opportunity to travel his career afforded him. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Tripoli, Libya and Camp Darby, Italy. He was an advisor to the Iranian Gendarmerie in Teheran, Iran.

After his honorable discharge with the rank of Major in 1967, he joined the U.S. Department of State Agency for International Development, serving as a military police advisor in South Vietnam. He was severely wounded during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, returning to duty after a long recovery. In the early 1970s he helped establish an illegal drug interdiction program in Vientiane, Laos.

After his retirement from government service, the family relocated to Lewisburg where he farmed and raised goats for more than 20 years. Morris was active in the Pineapple Military Police Association and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A member of the VFW, the NRA, the Lions Club and a 32nd degree Mason, he also was a fan of Western films, Louis L'Amour novels, German shepherd dogs, and mules. He will be missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; a brother, Quenten Sheridan; and a beloved grandson, Creighton James Scheuchenzuber.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn Margaret "Marge" Mary (Hu); four daughters, Evelynn U. Putnam (William C.) of Charleston, S.C., Theresa K. Ng (Chung M.) of Shanghai, China, and Kathleen M. Smith (Alan L.) and Marilynn P. Scheuchenzuber (Louis J.), both of Lewisburg; sister, Lorene Looney Campbell of Tuscumbia, Ala.; brother, Jack N. Looney of Cabool, Mo.; grandchildren, Kirill Geoffrey Putnam, Louis Grant and Gregory Sheridan Scheuchenzuber, Brady, Kaialani, and Katrina Ng and Daniel Wayne Closson; and four great-grandchildren, Leo and Sloane Putnam and Daylon and MaKenzie Closson.

Visitation, followed by a service, was held at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 1,

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, any memorial may be made to the Marshall County Memorial Library Foundation, P.O. Box 1201, or the Marshall County Child Development Center Foundation, 1600 Old Columbia Road, both in Lewisburg, TN 37091.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Village Manor, where he enjoyed their care, conversation and patient assistance, and Dr. Kanthi Narra and his employees for their help and guidance.