Posted: June 22nd, 2013 | By: Russell Rawlings
Tommy Morris (’63) and Charles Young (’68) are among the six newest members of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame that were inducted on Thursday evening, June 20, at the outset of the 115th Annual Meeting in Asheville.
Attorneys comprising the 2013 induction class are Thomas Hansley “Tommy” Morris of Kinston; John S. “Jack” Stevens of Asheville; Allen G. Thomas of Wilson; Diane A. “Dee” Wallis of Raleigh; Thomas H. “Tom” Wellman of Roanoke Rapids; and Charles R. Young Sr. of Hickory.
The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the NCBA’s Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Section, was established in 1989. This year’s induction class brings membership in the Hall of Fame to 142 attorneys.
Thomas H. Morris was born in Halifax and grew up in Currituck County under the influence of his uncle, Superior Court Judge Chester R. Morris. He was one of only 16 students in his Moyock High School (Currituck County) graduating class in 1954 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wake Forest College in 1958. After two years of active duty in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted man on board USS Lorain County, he returned to Wake Forest where he graduated from its law school in 1963. Morris’ legal career began in Kinston with the firm of Whitaker and Jeffress. He was made a partner in six months and after several mergers continues to practice full time in what is now the firm of Wallace, Morris, Barwick, Landis & Stroud, P.A., having previously served as the firm’s president for about 15 years. He has served as president the Lenoir County Bar Association and Eighth Judicial District Bar and as a member of the NCBA Board of Governors.
Charles R. Young Sr. has made numerous contributions to the legal profession in North Carolina and to the Hickory-Catawba County area where he has been an active and involved community member for over 44 years. He was born in Greenville, S.C., and moved with his family to Winston-Salem when he was 6 years old. He soon developed a lifelong love for the game of baseball and joined a Little League team when his family moved to Hickory when he was 9 years old. He went on to play baseball at Hickory High School, where he was coached by the legendary Troy Washam, and at Wake Forest University, where he played on an ACC championship team and earned his law degree. Since 1968, he has practiced with Young, Morphis, Bach & Taylor. In addition to his law practice, he is the vice president and minority owner of Hickory Baseball, Inc., which operates the Hickory Crawdads baseball club.