WMPOWENSBORO, Ky. (10/15/19) — The city of Owensboro and family members of the late Mayor Waymond Morris plan to unveil a plaque to honor Morris and his contributions to Waymond Morris Park 10 a.m. Saturday.

Former players, students, coworkers and anyone wishing to honor Morris are encouraged to attend the unveiling ceremony, which will take place at 5200 Todd Bridge Road, city officials reported.

In December 2004, Southwest Park was renamed Waymond Morris Park in honor of Morris, who served as mayor of Owensboro 1995-2004. He holds the distinction of being the longest elected official in the city’s history; serving the city of Owensboro as a city commissioner, mayor pro tem, and mayor for a total of 21 years. Prior to his service to the community as an elected official, he dedicated 36 years to the youth of the area as a teacher and football coach at Russellville and Daviess County High Schools, assistant principal at Apollo High School and Daviess County High School principal.

Morris had love and a long history with the game of football. He played fullback at OHS, where he graduated in 1955. While at OHS, he won a football state championship, was named to the All-State football team, and was an Honorable Mention All-American. He received a four-year athletic scholarship to play football at the University of Kentucky. Morris was named Kentucky Football Coach of the Year after coaching Russellville to a state championship runner-up title. In addition, while at Daviess County, he coached district and Big 8 championship teams.

Clearly his passion for football and more importantly, the joy he received in serving the youth of Owensboro through teaching, mentoring, and coaching are clear connections for Morris with the park. However, his connection goes further, as while Mayor, Morris was instrumental in securing the funding for the park and the development of the football complex.

The city reports it dedicates Waymond Morris Park in his memory and hopes that all who use it will exhibit the qualities he exemplified. The plaque will serve to honor his connections to the park and to educate future generations on Morris’s contributions to Owensboro.

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