Thursday, January 28, 2010

WILL MORRIS

I AM SAD TO REPORT THAT OUR CLOSE FRIEND AND POWERLIFTING LEGEND,WILL MORRIS, DIED TODAY AT AGE 65. DETAILS ON HIS DEATH WILL BE FORTHCOMING. CHECK WWW.NBC29.COM FOR CURRENT REPORTS. HE WAS A RETIRED SHERIFF IN GREENE COUNTY, VA

I WANT TO SAY I LOVED AND RESPECTED WILL AND HE WAS FAMILY TO ME. I WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH. WILL AND I PROMOTED DRUG FREE POWERLIFTING FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS. WILL GAVE MORE TO THE SPORT THAN ANYONE I KNOW.

WILL WAS A GREAT MEET DIRECTOR. WE HAVE PUT ON ALL 24 ADPFA/USAPL VIRGINIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS EVER HELD AND NUMEROUS OPEN CONTESTS. HE WAS THE MEET DIRECTOR FOR THE 2009 RAW NATIONALS. WE HELD MANY OTHER NATIONAL LEVEL MEETS WITH THE USAPL MASTERS NATIONALS (TWICE) LIFETIME NATIONALS (TWICE) SQUAT NATIONALS AND POLICE AND FIRE NATIONALS.

WILL IS A MULTI-TIME IPF WORLD CHAMPION LIFTER HAVING TRAVELLED THE WORLD REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES. HE SET IPF WORLD MASTERS RECORDS IN THREE WT CLASSES 242,275 AND SUPERS AND SEVERAL AGE GROUPS 50-59 AND 60-69.

I WILL POST ARRANGEMENTS AS SOON AS THEY ARE RELEASED.


JOHN SHIFFLETT

10 comments:

Ziba said...

For the shot number of years
I knew him, I counted him as a friend. I will miss him.

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe my friend Will is gone.
I am in shock.
It's a sad time for VA powerlifing and powerlifting in general.

To you, John, and his family, I extend my heart felt condolences.

Bill Ennis
Los Angeles

Anonymous said...

He was a father figure to me as he got me into this sport I love so much. I called him my uncle as I visited often during my youth at his mothers Margaret's farm. He will be missed by me as an advisor and mentor not only in lifting but also in life. You will be missed but I know you will be with me as I continue with this sport you and I love so dearly.

Robert Gormus

Anonymous said...

I am shocked to hear of Willie's passing. May the Lord welcome him home to His eternal kingdom.

I'm sure powerlifters all across Virginia will agree that he was a kind and generous man. He was always willing to help other lifters with a sincere smile on his face.

Steve DeBenedittis

Anonymous said...

I've known Willie for many years as a friend. I'm shocked and can not believe he is gone. Powerlifting has lost a great one. It's sad and he will be missed.

Rest in Peace
Jim Pope

Anonymous said...

We are going to miss Will very much. But John, we know we will see him again! :) He was( and still is )a awesome man. He would always take time and help me with my lifting. I loved seeing him at the meets and catching up and talking about our cars. Its very sad for us still here without him. But Will is at a great place and still very much alive!

I Corinthians 2:9, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him."


John Self

ronnybench said...

I nominate Will to be the first inductee into the future Virginia hall of fame. Lets set the bar high.

Ron Beuch

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Bea said...

When I read this morning about the passing of Will, I could not believe that it was my Will. I am still in shock over his passing.

I have known Will since I began powerlifting in the late 80's and have judged at his and John meet for many years. Will was always there to help the lifters and always upbeat and positive.

I will miss Will very much. Virginia powerlifting community has lost a very special and wonderful person.

Will you will be missed very much but you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Rest in Peace my Friend.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his family and John.
BeLinda

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe this wonderful person is gone. I will miss seeing Willie at the meets and giving the nice hugs. He was a wonderful person and a great powerlifter.

He will be deeply missed. My prayers and thoughts are with John and his family.

Tricia Emrich