Morris Led Southeast Publications Sales Force
Longtime Southeast Publications Vice President Wayne Morris passed away early today (July 23), the Tamarac, Fla.-based company announced. He was 67.
Morris, who was in Florida visiting the corporate office with his wife, Carlene, unexpectedly died after his morning exercises. He did not have any ongoing health concerns, and the body will undergo an autopsy 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,” Wally Warrick, CEO of Southeast Publications, said in the statement. “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 company statement added, “Wayne and Carlene 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. Wayne led the sales force by example and with diligent professionalism. Wayne 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 Jan. 30, 1986, in a 35-foot fifth-wheel and never looked back. His knowledge in the RV Industry was tremendous and truly understood all aspects of RVing whether it was being the company’s 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 the 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 his influence, 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 honor of Morris be made the KOA Care Camps 501(c)3 at www.koacarecamps.org.