John Marshall Morton, Jr. – Captain, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

John Marshall Morton Jr., 85, founder and retired president of the Morton Directory Co., an Alexandria-based publisher of directories for independent telephone concerns, died of congestive heart failure December 24, 1998 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

He founded Morton Directory in 1948 and was its president until he retired and closed the business in 1975.

Mr. Morton, who lived in Arlington, was born in Mecklenberg County and raised in Richmond. He came to the Washington area 45 years ago.

During World War II, he served in the China-Burma-India theater as an intelligence officer with the Army Air Forces. He attained the rank of captain.

He was a member of the Retired Officers Association.

His marriage to Marian Smith ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Olive “Tommye” Morton of Arlington; two daughters from his first marriage, Marian Marshall “Marsha” Morton of Los Angeles, and Margaret Morton Ellerson of Annapolis; two stepchildren, Mark Pfefferkorn of Kansas City, Mo., and Jean Elizabeth of Washington, Va.; a granddaughter; and four stepgrandchildren.


On Thursday, December 24, 1998, at the Hospice of Northern Virginia, JOHN MARSHALL MORTON, JR., of Arlington, VA, husband of Olive Thomasina (Tommye) Morton; father of Marian Marsha Morton and Margaret Morton Ellerson; grandfather of Margaret Lindsey Ellerson. Interment Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, January 8, at 3 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 4715 N. 15th St., Arlington, VA 22205.

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