Billy Morton

Born on December 14, 1933

Departed on October 3, 2015 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Bill Morton passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in Nashville, TN at the age of 81. Bill is survived by his wife, Patricia Morton and son, Bill Morton Jr. Bill was born in 1933 in Bon Aqua, TN to John and Cenia Morton. After attending Cohn High School he joined the Army and served with the 101st Airborne. Bill worked as a project engineer for Exxon Mobile until he retired in 1995.

Bill was an accomplished stock car driver from the 1950’s to approximately 1980. During the fall of 1971, Bill installed a second seat in the #101 Chevelle and gave rides during intermission and the State Fair where riders became an Official Member of the Union 76 100 Mile Per Hour Club. In 2010 he was inducted into the Nashville Fairgrounds Motor Speedway Hall of Fame. He was a generous, fun loving individual who lived life to the fullest.

Visitation is scheduled from 1-8 pm Wednesday, October 7, at West Harpeth Funeral Home at 6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209, with another visitation Thursday, October 8 from 10-11:30 am with a service to follow. The burial will be held at 1 pm at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Lane in Nashville, TN. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bill’s life.


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7 Comments to Billy Morton

  1. Buddy & Ellen Wright
    October 5, 2015 7:06 pm

    One of the finest men I have ever known. Always smiling always helpful and just one fine person. I was lucky enough to take 3 laps around the fairgrounds track and never have I held a seat so tight with my rearend. Bill just looked at me and said you don’t have to look so scared we are stopped.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family in their loss. We have all lost a rare man and friend.

  2. Kim Ray
    October 5, 2015 10:36 pm

    Hard to believe Bill is Gone. I think it is a great testimony to Bills life that his son Little Bill is speaking at the funeral. We we miss you.

  3. Bernice & Roger Patton
    October 6, 2015 6:00 pm

    Dear Pat , Roger and I have continued to pray for you and Bill. I can’t believe he is gone. He was truly a “larger than life” man and you were so strong and devoted. You both have been an inspiration to us. Love, Bernice Patton

  4. Ronald Campbell
    October 7, 2015 10:49 am

    Bill was a great guy, and will be missed by all.

    With LOVE Ron Campbell

  5. Tracey DeMoss
    October 7, 2015 2:16 pm

    So very sorry to hear about your Dad. May memories of good times help to comfort your hearts during this sad time.

  6. Kim
    October 9, 2015 5:53 am

    I would like to see Korbin wear the number one jersey his finally year in tribute to the life of Bill Morton and his NASCAR days. Bill spent many hours watching Korbin play ball starting his career with Jeff Bishop and Abbie continued with coach Tony and Gary Waynick when The kids split baseball and softball in Burns, Kingston Springs, Pegram, Charlotte, Dickson, Clarksville. Jeff Bishop nicknamed him firecracker and to me he will always be number 1. We even went racing with Bill driving some back residential roads posted 30-40 miles an hour we would do 70. To a 5 year old that was amazing. To an adult a little scary but we arrived safely and it’s a trip I’ll never forget. Actually a lot scary!!!

  7. Ramona DeSalvo
    October 10, 2015 11:15 am

    So sorry for this huge loss. Bill was such a happy wonderful man that lived large. He’ll be missed by so many, but especially by you, Patricia and Bill. You all are in my prayers.

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