Emory Hall Morgan, Jr. passed away Wednesday May 6, 2021. Emory or "Butch" as he was known to his North Carolina friends and family, was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1943, to parents Sybil P. and Emory H. Morgan, Sr. His first job was in his father's radiator shop, but a fortuitous telemarketing call about taking the newfangled SAT test sent him in a new direction, leading to his graduation from East Carolina University with a teaching degree in hand. He moved to Hampton where he had worked summers driving trucks for Amory's Seafood, and began a three-decade career teaching math and serving as school administrator for Hampton City Schools. Mr. Morgan was known to be "tough but fair" by generations of students and their parents.
Early in his teaching career, Emory met a lovely substitute teacher named Evelyn Butler, a matchup facilitated in no small part by Evelyn's sister, the school's head secretary, Barbara Sinclair. Evelyn and Emory married in 1968 and lived in Hampton until his retirement when they moved to eastern North Carolina. After Evelyn passed in 2014, Emory returned to Hampton.
From a young age, Emory enjoyed anything having to do with boating and fishing. For his entire life, summers were spent at his beloved Hickory Point cottage in eastern North Carolina, setting nets and fishing, chicken necking for crabs and swimming in the Pamlico River. He owned a long list of boats, but none so cherished as Moonfrog, the trawler that he and Evelyn cruised the Chesapeake Bay and eastern North Carolina in after retirement. He was a member of the Hampton Yacht Club and a Board member of the Blind Center in Washington, North Carolina at the time of his passing.
Emory is survived by daughters Leigh Anne Morgan Chapman (David) and Carrie Elizabeth Morgan Baughman (Erik), grandchildren Addison Pearl Baughman, William Hall Chapman and Sophia Louise Baughman, his sisters Nancy Mocarsky (Bill), Sybil Lee and brother James Morgan (Kathleen), sister-in-law Barbara Sinclair Williams, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
A small memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 8 at the R. Hayden Smith Chapel (masks required), followed by a gathering at 131 Meredith Street. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the Blind Center in Washington, NC, or to the Hampton Yacht Club Junior Sailing Program in Emory's name.
Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton.
Published in Daily Press on May 7, 2021.