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May 3, 2014

Don S. Morrow

MACON — Don S. Morrow, 66, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Hart's at the Cupola on Peake Road.  A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2014 at Northminster Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Doctor C. Jarred Hammet Jr. officiating.

Flowers may be sent.  The family requests that memorial gifts be made to Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Hospital, 550 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, designated for sarcoma research; Pine Pointe Hospice, 6261 Peake Road, Macon, Georgia 31210; or Northminster Presbyterian Church, 565 Wimbish Road, Macon, Georgia 31210, designated for youth.

Don was born February 2, 1948 to the late John Victor Morrow and the late Jewel Marie Akers Morrow in Winfield, Ala. He grew up in Tifton and graduated from Tift County High School in 1966. In 1970 he graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in accounting.

After serving his country two years in Germany with the US Army, Don accepted a position with one of the Big Eight Accounting Firms in Miami, Fla. He transferred to their Atlanta office. Don obtained his CPA certification in both Florida and Georgia and was a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Global Management Accountants. In 1975, Don accepted the position as Chief Financial Officer with a Macon based insurance broker and later was employed by a national hospital management company.  In 1989, Don founded Acquisition Management, Inc. and served as its CEO until his death. Under Don's leadership, the company became one of the nation's most successful buyers and servicers of non-performing commercial debt.

Don was a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church and served as an Elder and Trustee. Don held many roles at Northminster, including serving as the chairperson for a successful capital fundraising campaign and chairperson of a Pulpit Search Committee. His favorite role was teaching Junior High Sunday School.

Don was a longtime member of Idle Hour Golf and Country Club where he enjoyed playing golf, socializing with friends and taking his grandchildren to the pool. He was also a member of the Satilla River Club, Macon Touchdown Club, and the Macon Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of North Macon Youth Sports Association and served as its president for one year. He coached and umpired little league games for many years. Don participated in many activities at Stratford Academy, but his favorite role for twenty five years was that he led the “chain gang” for home football games. He was a founding member of NMSC Society. He was involved in many business and trade associations as well as charitable and civic organizations. He loved the outdoors. One of his favorite pastimes was riding on a tractor on his farm in Monroe County.

Don leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Sarah. Her endless devotion to his endeavors, both professionally and his health journey, sustained him through both good and bad times. Together, they shared travels all around the world -  creating memories for a lifetime.

Surviving are their two children, Jason (Saranne) Morrow of Pensacola, Fla., and LeeAnna (Chad) Elder of Dublin; his five beloved grandchildren, Sarah Morrow, Ellie Elder, Emma Morrow, Madeline Elder and Barret Morrow. He is also survived by a brother, Wayne (Elizabeth) Morrow of Jefferson,  and a brother-in-law, Bob (Nancy) Smith of Marietta; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Morrow family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the medical staff at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute and especially to the late Dr. John Culbertson, Dr. David Munson, Dr. Allan Pickens and Dr. Marie Russell. The family also wishes to thank the staff of Central Georgia Home Health Care and the staff of Pine Pointe Hospice for their superior care and service.

Register online at www.hartsmort.com.

Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.

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