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By SHAINA STOCKTON
Frank Edward Morris lived most of his life in Galax and made extensive contributions to the community, especially throughout his long career at American Mirror Company.
Morris, who passed away on Feb. 3 at age 72, is remembered as a hard worker and a dedicated salesman.
Morris started working at American Mirror in 1962, and after a couple of years training at the plant and throughout the company, he was made sales manager in 1964.
Prior to the company’s merger with Webb Enterprises in 1992, he was made president of American Mirror, and was later named vice president of sales for the American Mirror Division of Webb.
“He had a wonderful work ethic. He loved to sell and he loved American Mirror,” said Doug Bassett, president of Vaughan-Basset Furniture Company in Galax. (Webb and American Mirror are jointly owned by Vaughan and Vaughan-Bassett furniture companies.)
“He was liked and loved by his customers so they loved dealing with him,” Bassett said.
His contributions to American Mirror continued even after he retired. Morris stayed on with the company part time until his passing.
“We greatly appreciated his continued help,” said Bassett. “He loved his job and he was very good at it.”
Thelma Poe, a coworker and friend, had nothing but good memories of working with Morris. “He was absolutely one of the best,” she said. “I worked with him and for him for 48 years.”
With her experience, paired with Morris’ 50-plus years and another coworker’s 51, Morris used to say to customers that they could count on 150 years of company experience and knowledge.
Aside from his business, Morris loved sports of all kinds, including football, golf and tennis.
The family asked for donations in lieu of flowers to the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education to fund a scholarship in his name.