William Bedell Morse “Billy”

william morse “billy”

December 27, 1948 ~ May 10, 2021

Born in: Atlanta, Georgia
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

William Bedell Morse “Billy”

Billy passed away May 10, 2021 from complications in surgery for blood clots, he was 72. A native Atlantan he graduated from W.F. Dykes High School in 1967 where he participated in football, track and was recognized as a Representative Senior. He received a B.A. from the University of Georgia in 1972. He ran track at Georgia, earning lifetime spot in the UGA Letterman’s Club, and was a member of Chi Phi fraternity. He received an MBA from Georgia State University in 1975.

He served his country for over 6 years in the Army Reserve stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio and the VA Hospital in Atlanta.

For over 40 years he worked for CISCO Inc. of Houston, TX. Representing the firm in New Orleans and Atlanta.

He was active in numerous churches in Atlanta, New Orleans and most recently in Lawrenceville, GA.

He is survived by his wife, Linda and his son Bradley, his brother, Kip Morse (Myra) of Big Canoe, GA and sister, Jane Trinkle of Marietta, GA and his numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Billy’s life will be held on May 22nd at 2:00 pm at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, 395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA. Please note the Church requires masks and social distancing consistent with Covid 19 guidelines.

Billy’s most defining trait was loyalty. That sense of loyalty included his Church, family, friends, Universities, his company and his wonderful pets over the years. He was also known for his gentle spirit, which even extended to taking spiders outside and rescuing lizards from the family cats. Billy was a devoted member of The ASPCA and The Humane Society. The family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers that anyone who wishes to honor Billy please donate to the ASPCA (aspca.org) or your local Humane Society.

As a lifetime Bull Dog fan, season ticket holder, and contributor his bark will be missed.


Memorial Service: May 22, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church
395 West Crogan Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Westview Cemetery
1680 Ralph David Abernathy SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

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  1. CandleImageI’m so sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. I remember team teaching Sunday School with Billy and Linda when Bradley and my daughter were young. He was alway such a gentleman. We’re pray for peace and comfort.

    • Thanks Susan. Your support and understanding have helped me though these difficult months. Blessings to you and your family.

  2. CandleImageI knew Billy all the way back to grade school. He was always funny, yet thoughtful and considerate. He will always be remembered and missed but we will see his smiling face again one day.

  3. I also, remember Billy from all our school days. As Gary Williams says he was thoughtful and considerate. Always remember how low key he was. This came from an inner strength. Plus he was always sure to win a foot race. Never could beat him in a sprint. Go with GOD old frie

      • Bill, so sorry for the delay in responding. This has been a difficult journey for Bradley and me.

        Billy was so fond of you and Lynn.

        Please stay in touch.

        Blessings. Linda

  4. Billy was the most humble person of our wonderful class at Dykes. His heart was full of goodness. He was a great friend. He came to our wedding and remembered that fifty years later at our 50th anniversary sending us a card reminding us that he was there and remembered it. I have only the best memories of Billy. He was special. God bless him.

  5. CandleImageI have been friends with Billy for over 30 years. He met his lovely wife, Linda when I brought her with me to church. It was love at first sight. I have cherished our friendship for many years and loved Billy.
    He was a wonderful husband and father. He had a strong faith and I know he is in a better place, but I will still miss him. May God help Linda, Bradley and all the family and loved ones during this difficult time.

  6. I remember Billy from Peachtree Road Methodist Church where we were in the singles class. Billy was highly respected for his leadership and integrity. I will miss him and I pray for Linda and Bradleys healing during this time.

  7. Billy was a dear friend to me. We used to walk Tuxedo Terrace for hours just talking friend to friend. I remember his big smile snd his caring ways. He will be sorely missed, and I just have a hard time believing that he has left us. Rest In Peace, dear, dear friend. With much love, Joy

    • Joy, sorry for the delayed response. Thank you for all your support. You all were such a close group and your friendship meant the world to him. And me too! Hugs

  8. CandleImageElizabeth D Hester
    Oh my goodness! My heart is beating so fast I have so many memories of us together. We love you Linda.. The time y’all flew in for Melissa’s wedding, when Billy did the Harlem Shuffle at the wedding. Our dinners out. Newcomers. Gallagher’s out to eat for u and Keith’s Birthday.. They time we met at Drago s. Linda we love you and Billy so much. Bradley our son’s with the same name, so many memories and love flood my mind.
    Remember I am always here for you. Miss you
    Take care of yourself Linda. I was blessed to have known Billy! Good night sweet friend ❤️Beth

  9. Our hearts are so sad. We had some great times in high school. Our good memories will always be with us. Linda and Bradley, I hope your memories will help ease your hurt. Fondly, Sue Smiley Whitton

    • Sue. So sorry for the delay in responding. Billy was fond of your close group and I can’t tell you how much your friendship meant.

      Bradley and I are healing and would love to see you.


  10. CandleImageI will miss my fellow UGA Bulldog!, Cousin Billy, You were so caring and kind hearted and a Good Christian Man !

  11. CandleImageLinda: it is so hard to know what to say at a time like this, but we wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We remember, so fondly, our brief times together, but know that the Lord will provide His Grace and Comfort for the days ahead.

    With our deepest sympathies,
    Ed and Patty Nelson

    • Ed,

      So sorry for the delay in responding. It was so great to catch up. Thank you for continuing to pray for Bradley and me.

      Blessing to you and Patty and congratulations on the new grand baby.

  12. CandleImageWhat can I say…Mr. Bill Morse was a great man to work with! I worked with him for 20 years. Although we did not see or talk to each other daily I will miss him dearly!

    • Angela,

      My apologies for the delay in responding. Billy loved all y’all.

      Thank you for your card and flowers.


  13. CandleImageI remember Billy from our school days as a kind person and very friendly with everyone. I was sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
    Regards, Maxine Chopin Richardson

  14. CandleImageMemories of Billy are around the Dawgs, family, a little bourbon, and an abundance of hospitality! You made life relaxing for all of us who enjoyed your company. May your family be blessed by their memories of the way you served us all.

    • Hi Wayne and Kelly,

      Thank you for your note and all the support you have given Bradley and me.

      Much love. Linda

  15. Billy Morse, Lawrence McConnell and I used to work together at the Colonial Supermarket on West Paces. It may not sound fun, but it was. Billy was known for the occasional prank back then–a very spirited guy.

    • Robert,

      I apologize for the delay in responding. Bradley and loved Billy’s stories of y’all working at Colonial.

      We are continuing our grief and healing journey.


  16. Linda
    So sorry for the loss of your loved one. I pray your memories will bring a smile when you are feeling alone and the Holy Spirit comforts you and your son.

    • Debra,
      Please forgive me for the delay in responding.
      Thank you for your lovely words and reaching out.

      I am retired and would love to connect.


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