Longtime Southeast Publications Vice President Wayne Morris passed away on July 23. He was 67.
Morris, who was in Florida visiting the corporate office with his wife, Carlene, unexpectedly passed away after his morning exercises. Wayne did not have any ongoing health concerns, and will undergo a medical examination to determine exact cause of death.
“Wayne and Carlene are very important in my personal life and at our business, and have been for many years”, says Wally Warrick, CEO of Southeast Publications. “I take great pride in our personal and business relationships and love him dearly like a father figure and have the utmost respect and admiration for what he has done at Southeast Publications and for the kind of man he is and for always standing up for what is right”.
The couple joined Southeast Publications in 1991 and for 22 years his partnership and dedication helped founder Peter Warrick escalate Southeast Publications success to what it is today and what it has represented for the last 26 years.
Morris led the sales force by example and with diligent professionalism. He was dedicated to helping Southeast Publications’ sales associates be more proficient and successful with their independent business practices and spent time developing better recruiting and training procedures to ensure high success rates for all sales associates.
Morris has been an avid RVer and told everyone that he and Carlene left Kentucky on January 30, 1986, in a 35-foot fifth-wheel and never looked back. His knowledge in the RVing Industry was tremendous and he truly understood all aspects of RVing whether it was being a resident expert on what RVers needed or offering resorts his advice on attracting and appeasing their RVing customers.
Morris is survived by his wife, Carlene; four adult children, 15 grandchildren, six great grandchildren and his brother and sister. Funeral arrangements are not set yet, but will be handled through the Morris & Warrick families in Morris’s home state of Georgia. The families and Southeast Publications will announce details as they become available.
Aside from being vice president at Southeast Publications, Morris was a member of the board for KOA Care Camps. With the influence of Morris, Southeast Publications has raised and donated over $400,000 since 1994 to benefit children with cancer and give them the experience of camping.
The family has asked that donations in his honor be made to KOA Care Camps 501(c)3, www.koacarecamps.org.