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Thomas J. "Capt. Tom" Morgan

Thomas Morgan responded to his last call on Nov. 24, 2013. He was born in Pritchard, Ala. on Sept. 5, 1920. His family moved to Beaumont when he was a young boy and he remained there until World War II. After returning from the military, he moved his family to Nacogdoches where he resided until 2005, when he moved to Higginsville, Mo. to be close to his family. Mr. Morgan was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Margarette (Micki) Morgan and his son, Phillip David Morgan. Survivors include daughters, Gwen (Bill) Blackwell, of Beaumont, Texas and Louan (Garry) Robbins of Higginsville; grandsons, Michael Robbins and Jonathan Robbins of Benbrook and Texas and Keith (Becca) Pegues of Roanoke, Texas; granddaughters, Denise (Bob) Pennacchi of Clear Lake, Texas, Stephanie (Randall) Ward of San Antonio, Texas and Michelle Cooper of Lumberton, Texas; plus eight great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Mr. Morgan served as a Marine Corps Infantryman in WWII in the Pacific Theater. Closest to his heart, however, was his service to his community as a firefighter and he asked to be remembered as such. Known by all as "Capt. Tom," he served in the Nacogdoches Fire Dept. for 33 years, rising through the ranks to assistant fire chief at his retirement in 1985. He was also well known as a rescue instructor at Texas A&M, where he taught for many years. At the end of Capt. Tom's life, his service as a firefighter and "all his boys" were still uppermost in his mind. Capt. Tom â€" 10-42. Pallbearers will be members of the City of Nacogdoches Fire Department. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Robbins and Jonathan Robbins. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Laird Funeral Home with the Rev. Dewayne Sims officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service and ending at service time at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. To offer condolences to the family please log onto www.lairdfh.net. Laird Funeral Home.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Nov. 28, 2013
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