Dr. Joe L.
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Mars Hill - Dr. Joe Lee Morgan, 83, left this world for a better one on Friday, July 11, 2014 at the North Carolina State Veteran's Home in Black Mountain.
Mr. Morgan was born May 14, 1931 in Mars Hill. He will be missed and will be remembered for his many articles in newspapers and his political endeavors. Joe was a member of Peek's Chapel Baptist Church.
Joe graduated as valedictorian of Marshall High School in 1950. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Berea College in 1954. Dr. Morgan earned his Master's Degree in History and a Master's of Library Science from East Tennessee State University. He was awarded a J.D. Degree from Woodrow Wilson College Law School and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Dr. Morgan taught school in Madison County and in Charlotte. Later he became an innkeeper, writer, historian and politician. His political career spanned many years. Joe served on many political committees at the local, regional, state and national level. On December 17, 2007, Dr. Morgan was inducted into the North Carolina GOP Hall of Fame. Joe was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas in 1992 and a delegate to the RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2008. He was the 11th Congressional District Presidential Elector in 2000 and 2004.
Joe served as a member of the Madison County Board of Elections and the Madison County Courthouse Planning Committee. In 1980, he was appointed to the Western North Carolina Health Systems Agency and later served as a member of Madison County Nursing Home Advisory committee and the Nursing Home and Adult Care Commission. In later life, he spent much time reading newspapers and magazines about the president, the GOP and world affairs.
Joe's family fondly remembers him as a brother and uncle who loved Madison County and its people. He devoted his life to peace, social justice, the building of community and a never ending quest for enlightment and a better life for the underprivileged.
Dr. Morgan was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Frank W. and Effie McDaris Morgan; sister, Myrtle Stathis Paulson; brothers, Wayne A. and Coy B. Morgan.
Surviving are his sisters: Marie Rice of Charlotte, Ruth Peoples of Winston-Salem and Janette Fisher (Jerald) of Marshall; brothers: Frank (Martha) Morgan of Marshall and Dr. M.T. (Dr. Shirley) Morgan of Johnson City, TN; nieces: Doris Murray, Debbie Little, Selena Elmore and Annette Fisher; nephews: David, Steve, Russell, Doug, Mark, Monte and Marcus Morgan and Dewayne Fisher.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home with Brother B. P. Boyle and Reverend Stanley Peek officiating. Burial will follow in the Mars Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with family and friends serving as Pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 12 - 2 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center Community Center, C/O Betty Lou Clark, 259 Clark Lane, Marshall, NC 28753 or The
, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or call 1-800-242-8721.
Madison Funeral Home
1750 Hwy 213 Marshall, NC 28753
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on July 13, 2014