VERMILION, OHIO | Rev. Guy Morton, Jr., 83, Southern Baptist pastor for 55 years died May 11, 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain. He lived to win souls for Christ Jesus.
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He was born November 4, 1930 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Following in his father's footsteps as a Cleveland Indian baseball player, Rev. Morton reached the Boston Red Sox and played nine years in the minor leagues. He was selected as the All Time Catcher for the "Carolina League" for the last 60 years.
He served as pastor for 27 years at the Westwood Baptist Church in Wooster, Ohio, 3 years at Lorain Baptist in Lorain, Ohio and 14 years at Lakeview Baptist Church in Vermilion, Ohio. He served as an officer for many Baptist Ministry Boards and Associations.
He received a BS and MBA from the University of Alabama. He did extensive post graduate work at several universities. He was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and taught school at St. John's (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was elected to the Wayne County Christian Hall of Fame, the Tuscaloosa High School Hall of Fame (1972), Most Valuable Player of the Carolina League in 1954, Southern League All Star Team in 1957, 4 other all star teams and was the Alabama High School All Star Baseball Coach.
He and Mrs. Morton had a beautiful marriage. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean Morton (nee Carroll); son, Rev. Guy Earl Morton (Jill) of Huntsville, Ala.; daughters, Vicki Lynn Hudak (Jeff) of Amherst, Ohio and Valerie Dawn Morris (Pastor Cliff) of Vermilion, Ohio; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; two step grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Edna (nee McDaniel) Morton of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His favorite words and advice were, "Practice the Presence of Jesus." He used to say, "I would rather be a New Testament pastor than anything in the world".
Calling hours were Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at Lakeview Baptist Church, 591 Ferndale Ave., Vermilion, Ohio and Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1:30 p.m. at the church. A cemetery service will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion. The Vermilion Veterans Council will conduct military graveside services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Lakeview Baptist Church, 591 Ferndale Ave., Vermilion, OH or Firelands Baptist Church, c/o Jim Wargo, Treasurer, 921 Sharondale Dr., Amherst, OH 44001.
Online condolences may be made at www.riddlefuneralhome.com
Riddle Funeral Home 5345 South Street Vermilion, OH 44089, 440-967-3212 Fax: 440-967-4040 Website: www.RiddleFuneralHome.com
Published in Tuscaloosa News on May 14, 2014
Riddle Funeral Home
5345 South Street Vermilion, OH 44089