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Longtime Carlisle funeral director, William Morrison Ewing, age 82, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, in the Chapel Pointe Health Center in Carlisle. He was born Friday, September 3, 1926, in Carlisle and was a son of the late William Joseph Ewing and Jessie Pearl (Morrison) Ewing. Bill was married to the late Gloria Stone Ewing, who died June 6, 2000.

He was a 1944 graduate of Carlisle High School and served in the United States Navy during WWII. After his discharge from active Naval duty in 1946, Bill enrolled at the former Eckels College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and graduated in 1947. After serving his internship, he and his twin brother, Seymour, earned their Pennsylvania funeral director’s license in 1949 to become the fourth generation Ewing funeral directors serving the greater Carlisle area. In 1960, Bill and Seymour relocated the Ewing Funeral Home to its present location on South Hanover St. and began operating the new Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, a Carlisle business that was Established in 1853 by their great-grandfather, Alexander Black Ewing. Bill continued to hold a current PA funeral director’s license as he assisted his nephew, Steven, with the continuation of the family operated funeral home into its 156th year of service.

Bill had served families in the greater Carlisle area for more than 60 years and also co-owned and operated historic Ashland Cemetery in Carlisle for more than 50 years. He was a life long member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Carlisle, where his church life began as a young choir boy and acolyte. In his faithful service to the church, he served on the Vestry and as an usher. Bill was a member of many organizations including, National Funeral Directors Assn., Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Assn., Capital City Funeral Directors Assn., Carlisle Lions Club, where he was a Past President and a Melvin Jones Fellow award recipient, a fourth generation member of Union Fire Co. No. 1 - Carlisle, Cumberland Star Lodge No. 197 F. & A.M., where he recently received his 60-year pin, the Harrisburg Consistory, Fraternal Order of Eagles - Carlisle Aerie 1299, Cumberland County Historical Society, Hamilton Library Association, Carlisle Chamber of Commerce and a life member of Carlisle Elks Lodge No. 578 and Carlisle American Legion Post 101. Bill enjoyed "Wild West" and Civil War history, the Farmers Market Restaurant and attending local festivals and church dinners.

He is survived by two nephews, Robert L. Ewing of Carlisle and Newville, Steven A. (and his wife, Jane Baish) Ewing of Carlisle, three nieces, Jane Adams Livingston of Carlisle, Tanya Stone Bowen of Florida and Shantay Stone Ryan of Australia, two sisters-in-law, Joan Lindsey Ewing of Carlisle and Doris Stone Adams of New Bloomfield. Bill was recently preceded in death by his twin brother and lifelong business partner, Seymour A. Ewing, who died Jan. 2, 2009.

Services of Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated Thursday, June 11, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the St. John's Episcopal Church, On the Square in Carlisle, with Rev. Canon Mark A. Scheneman and Rev. Robyn Szoke officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Cumberland County Honor Guard will be in Ashland Cemetery, Carlisle. Viewings will be held on Wednesday from 2 - 4:00 p.m. and from 6 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. The family will also receive friends in the church parish hall immediately following the graveside service for a time of fellowship. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 612, Carlisle, PA 17013.

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Once again I send my sincere condolences for your loss.  The brothers are together again - this time forever.

Sharon at Veterans Affairs
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

WIOO/WEEO Country Gold Radio Staff & Management
Steve, Joan and Family of Bill.
We are sorry to hear about Bill. We will miss him alot and the good times when he would stop at the office and talk.  He will be remembered by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John & Betty Andrews
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Ronald and Debra Luther
Teri and I will miss our holiday time with you and Seymour.  We know you are in a better place and no longer suffering.  Our hearts go out to Steve, Bob and Joanie as we know you have had a rough year.  Please know we are thinking of you.  Love you Bill!

Dave and Teri Punt
Linda joins me in expressing our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family as you mourn Bill's death. Again I shall always remember how gracious all of you were each time I shared in a service at your Funeral Home.  When I see you next will relate an "amusing story" of your Dad and Uncle that happened when I shared my first funeral service with you. Again God bless and our deepest sympathy.

Bill & Linda Pipp
To the Ewing Family...
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.  We hope you gain some comfort in knowing the care and compassion both Bill and Seymour brought into the lives of so many people, including my own. May you feel that same compassion from everyone who knew Bill.

Mike Davidson & Tammy White
I was saddened to learn of Mr. Ewing's passing.  To all of his extended family, please accept my deepest sympathy.  He was always a gentleman while in the hospital, and I am grateful that he was surrounded by his beloved family.  God bless all of you with peace.

Marcia Smith, CRMC Sitter
I've had the honor to meet William several times as I visited the funeral home.  I am sorry to hear of the loss of a very nice gentleman.  He knew how to comfort families in their time of need.  He will be missed by alot of people in the community.

Doug Bae
Dear Steve,
I want you to express my very sincere condolences to you and your family.  I'm so sorry that you have lost both your father and your uncle in such a short period of time.  May you find strength in your beliefs, and your family and friends as you deal with this.  Take time to take care of yourself and your family.

Ron Colvin, Gingrich Memorials
Bobby, Steven, Jane, and Joan -
My sincere condolences on the death of Bill.  I saw him last Friday and know that his passing is a blessing.  Although I am not in Carlisle and cannot attend his services, please know that I am and will be thinking of all of you.  Again, our sympathy, Corliss and Ron
It was with deep sorrow that I read about Bill's passing. Over the years it has been a privilege to be comforted by him in my own times of grief. I know that he will be sorely missed by the family and the community he served so faithfully all these years. May God bless you all and give you the peace of knowing that he is smiling down on all of us.

Bruce Horowitz
Our hearts go out to you and your family at this great loss, both in the same year.  If there's a farmers market in Heaven, your Dad and Uncle should be having lunch about now.

Anne Cox  and family
We were saddened to hear of your uncle's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family again as you mourn the loss.

Bill and Kimberly Christopher
Dear Family of William,

I am just one of many families the Ewing Brothers has served over the years. When my father passed away in 1982 and then in 2002 when my mother died. I will always remember how you came to my mothers home at 3:00 A.M. dressed complete in suits and clean white shirts and ties and freshly shaven. The presence of the Ewing Brothers brought comfort and dignity to a difficult time in my life. I will remember your devotion to St. John's Church and also seeing you at the Farmer's Market Resturant and other places around town.  My hope is that your family will find comfort in knowing how very much both William and Seymour were thought of and how very much they will be missed. Peace be with you and God lift you up during this sad time.

Marcia Branscum
I was saddened to hear about your Uncle. My prayers and may the Grace of God be with you and your family

Keith Searfoss, Hospice Chaplain
Dear Steve,
As you know, I am very saddened with the passing of Bill. I am so honored that I was given the chance to work beside Bill and Seymour and will never forget all the memories I have of the both of them. They both were very special to me and will be missed by all. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it up there to pay my respects because of having to work, but please know that you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work with the Ewing Family.

Angel Sweeney
Please accept my sincere condolences and those of the many veteran families Bill and Seymour assisted over the years.

Neal Delisanti
Steve, we were very sorry to hear of the passing of your Uncle.  We send our prayers and condolences to you and your family.  We hope you gain some comfort in knowing that both Bill and Seymour touched so many lives over the years.  Their labor and service to the community is over now and their joyous reward is just beginning. God bless you all.

Larry, Charlie, Fay & Gary Westcott
Dear Steve and family,

I am saddened to learn of your Uncle Bill's death as I was to learn in April of your father's passing in January. It was an honor and a privilege for me to call on yor dad, your uncle and yourself during the twenty years that I was your Batesville representative. Many are the good memories that I have of my association with your family and I will long remember the compassion and professionalism that was provided to families by Bill and Seymour and that is being carried on by you. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Brian Gillespie
We were so sorry to learn of Bill's passing and sorry we could not attend the funeral.  Bill has now joined his brother.  They were only apart the last five months over more than eighty years of being the "twins" in Carlisle.  Bill will again see Gloria too, nine years to the day.  Our thoughts to all the Ewings.

Jeff & Janet Scott & family
I was sorry to hear of Bill's passing, he and Seymour were two of the best people I've met, both as friends and professionally.  They were always there in time of need. This area has lost two great citizens and they will be missed.         
Jay V. Stone
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  It has been a difficult year.  May God give you the strength you need now and in the days ahead.

Deb Watson

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Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.
Since 1853
630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone:  (717) 243-2421
"Five Generations of Service"
Steven A. Ewing, FD, Supervisor, Owner
William M. Ewing, FD
(1926 ~ 2009)
Seymour A. Ewing, FD
(1926 ~ 2009)
Jessie Morrison Ewing, FD
(1892 ~ 1988)
William J. Ewing, FD
(1898 ~ 1934)
Hastings A. Ewing, FD
(1866 ~ 1924)
Alexander B. Ewing, FD
(1831 ~ 1903)

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