Samuel L. Morgan, retired


CORAPEAKE, N.C. — Samuel Lee Morgan, 78, died May 22, 2007, in a farming accident. 

Funeral services were held May 25 at Parkers United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Askew and Bishop Hope Morgan Ward officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home handled arrangements. 

Mr. Morgan was the father of Bishop Hope Morgan Ward, episcopal leader of the Mississippi Area of The United Methodist Church. 

Mr. Morgan died at Cypress Glade Farm where he was born and lived his entire life. He was the son of the late Richard Eskridge and Virginia Marston Morgan. 

A farmer, he had retired as a ship surveyor, contracted by the U.S. Navy to visit private shipyards and supervise their projects. An active member of Parkers United Methodist Church, he had served as superintendent of Sunday school and had served on many church committees through the years. He also enjoyed membership in the Corapeake Odd Fellows Lodge, Gatesville Masonic Lodge 126, the Sudan Temple of the Shrine and Gates County Chapter 335, The Order of the Eastern Star where he had served as Worthy Patron for many terms. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Morgan Pennington and a brother, Richard Morgan. 

Other survivors include: his wife of nearly 60 years, Doris Perry Morgan; Perri Anne Morgan of Chapel Hill, N.C.; sons, Tom Morgan and Rick Morgan of Corapeake, and Phil Morgan of Chapel Hill; sister, Linda Morgan Phillips of Brinklow, Md.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Cards and other expressions of sympathy may be sent to Bishop Ward and family in care of the Episcopal Office, P.O. Box 931, Jackson, MS 39205. 

The family has requested that memorials be directed to the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Recovery multi-purpose buildings under construction on the coast. Please make checks payable to Mississippi Conference, and note “Sam Morgan Fund” on the memo line. Mail to Mississippi Conference, P.O. Box 1201, Jackson, MS 39215. Memorials may also be made to the Parkers United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 359 Parker’s Fork Road, Corapeake, NC 27926.