Wearing his Flying WV ball cap, Charleston resident Doug Maxwell, who has Calhoun roots, takes a break after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa and the largest freestanding mountain in the world. Maxwell lost his left arm and right leg in a childhood accident (Courtesy Photo)

Feb. 2011

Charleson Gazette reporter Kathryn Gregory has done a story about world mountain climber Doug Maxwell, 40, of Charleston.

Maxwell is the son of Donna and Steve Maxwell, and grandson of Don and June Morris of Grantsville.

See  Kathryn Gregory's story No Mountain High Enough

Most Calhouners will remember the late Don Morris, who was born on the "rooter end" of Hog Knob in 1916, son of L.J. and Edith Marshall Morris.

Don graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in Mining Engineering with an emphasis on oil and gas engineering and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

He married June Burke of Weston and returned to Calhoun County and raised his family. He had three children, Donna who married Stephen H. Maxwell of Clarksburg, Dick who married Jennifer L. Yoke of Grantsville, and Jane who married Ronald Carpenter of Orma.

He worked managing the Calhoun Super Service until his retirement, served as President of Calhoun Banks, served on the Calhoun County Commission, and was instrumental in acquisition of funds to construct Calhoun General Hospital.

Morris served on the Chamber of Commerce when they first placed an ad in the Wall Street Journal which resulted in R. Flemming and P.Zannoni coming to Grantsville.

He was happiest when he was working with his cattle on the farm, an unassuming man who served his God, Country and Community.

His spirit lives within his grandson.