On the morning of May 5, 2013, God in his marvelous glory and excellence, chose Deacon William Harry Morgan to replace his 83 years of life on Earth with eternal life. Throughout those years, he touched many lives as a servant of the Lord.
Deacon Morgan was born on June 24, 1929, to the late Rae White Morgan and the late William Burrell Morgan in Christiansburg. He spent most of his youth in Pocahontas, where he attended school and received his diploma, with his maternal grandmother, the late Julia W. Wilkins. In 1950, he graduated from Hampton Institute (now University) with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his master's degree in administration from the Virginia State University, and continued his post-graduate studies at Virginia Tech and University of Virginia.
Before returning to the U.S., a veteran of the Korean War
, he proposed marriage to Sallie Roberta Adams, with whom he would share his life for more than 58 years.
His employment in the Dinwiddie County public school system began as teacher at Dinwiddie Training School, then through the ranks to retirement as secondary supervisor. Deacon Morgan's sense of commitment to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his family, his community and beyond are all reflected by his life.
Membership at Olive Branch Baptist Church was a significant source of Deacon Morgan's spiritual nourishment and joy. His studies, learning, active participation and support extended his reach to many over the years.
He is predeceased by: his brother, Burrell Morgan.
His memory will be cherished by: his wife, Sallie Adams Morgan of Sutherland; four children, William Raymond Morgan (Barbara) of Normal, Ill., Sallie Rae Morgan Jones (John) of Sutherland, Michael Wayne Morgan of Richmond, and Terry Van Morgan (Deidre) of Valrico, Fla.; six grandchildren, Nikesha Roney, Earl Roney Jr., John E. Jones II, Natalie Morgan, Crystal Morgan, and William Morgan; nine great- grandchildren; three sisters, Doris Morgan Anthony of Gallatin, Tenn., Julia Morgan Hardy of Asheboro, N.C., and June Morgan Beasley (Walter Sr.) of El Centro, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Christine Adams Frazier, Rosa Gary, Evoria Adams Scott (James), Elizabeth Adams, and Linda Adams; a brother-in-law, Junius Friend; a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends, to include, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Henderson. He is also survived by a host of other special church family; caring neighbors; and devoted friends of the family, whom all were so special to Deacon Morgan, too numerous to name.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the West End Baptist Church, 6506 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg (Dinwiddie County), with the Rev. Kevin M. Northam, eulogizing, and the Rev. Dr. Herbert Anderson Sr., officiating. Inurnment will commence at the Olive Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, Dinwiddie.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in memory of Deacon William H. Morgan to the Olive Branch Baptist Church Debt Reduction Campaign and mail to Sallie Morgan, 10408 Boisseau Road, Sutherland, VA 23885.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph M. Johnson & Son Funeral Home, 530 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, 804-863-4411.