Rev. Guy Morton Jr.
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Rev. Guy Morton, Jr.
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.
He was born November 4, 1930 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He followed the footsteps of his father who was a major league Cleveland Indiana's 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 senior 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; later as Pastor Emeritus at Lakeview Baptist and interim pastor at Firelands Baptist Church for the last 3 years. During these years he was elected president of the State Convention of Baptists in 2001 and served 2 terms. Prior to that, he had served as first vice president and second vice president (twice). For eight years, he served on the Southern Baptist Annuity Board and was chairman of the Relief Committee for four years. He was moderator for three years of the Northcoast Baptist Association and the Erie Association. He was president of the Ohio Pastor's Conference in 1975. He was an active member of the Vermilion Ministerial Association.
He graduated from the University of Alabama with two degrees, a B.S. and M.A. He did post graduate work at Ashland University, Bowling Green University and the University of Akron. He spent two winters at the University of Chattanooga. He was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity. He taught school at St. John's (Tuscaloosa, AL)
He served during the Korean War in the army as a platoon Sgt. for two years; at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was in the 31th Division 167th Regiment.
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 started boy's baseball leagues in the Triway Area of Wooster, Ohio, in Tuscaloosa County in Alabama and the Lassie Girls softball leagues in the Wooster, Ohio area. He was the March of Dimes director 2 years in the Wooster Area.
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), Huntsville, AL; daughters, Vicki Lynn (Jeff) Hudak, Amherst, OH and Valerie Dawn (Pastor Cliff) Morris, Vermilion, OH; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy & Edna Morton, 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 will be 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.
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Published in The Morning Journal on May 12, 2014.
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May 14, 2015
God Bless you as you remember you loved one,
Debbie brandt
May 11, 2015
Thinking of you and praying for the family. I know you are comforted in his life and in his work.
Joe and Rebecca Ceja
May 15, 2014
i went to westwood baptist church as a child in the early 70's rev. morton and his wife were very good to me and my parents they were loving and kind people my mom dad grampa duncan gramma duncan and myself were all baptised at westwood baptist church by rev morton now theres a sermon being preached in heaven by a godly man full of gods spirit he will be missed and not forgotten he suffers no more on this earth
robert smith
May 14, 2014
Pastor Morton was a man of God and he never ceased to spread the Word. He was an inspiration to myself and Darrell when we attended Lakeview. My sympathies to Jeanne and the family. May God bless and comfort you during these difficult times
Lillian Harris
May 14, 2014
Thinking of you Mrs. Morton
Stephanie Casey
May 14, 2014
Guy was more than a friend - he was family! Spent a lot of time in Ohio for summer revivals and he also was in Alabama preaching many. Never saw him without that smile of his ... it would light up the room. My heart hurts for the family he has left behind - Jeanie, Vicki, Guy Earl and Val plus all of his extended family. I'm sure he is rejoicing in Heaven!
Sandy (Lawless) Cromer
May 14, 2014
May God bless all of you. Reverend Morton will be sadly missed, but what a comfort and blessing he is in Heaven with our Lord Savior. your friends, betty and dan garrison
betty garrison
May 14, 2014
I had the privilege to study under Coach Morton at Gordo High School in the mid-sixties. He was an excellent teacher, a fine coach and, most importantly, a great role model. It came as no surprise to me that he felt the call to go into the ministry where God could use his talents to serve so many in need. My prayers and condolences to his family. "Well done, good and faithful servant".
Ron Springer
May 13, 2014
We did not know Pastor Morton and that is a regret.We know that he was a man of GOD,there would have been much to learn from him.He is with the Lord now and many people will miss him,but be happy for Pastor because great is his reward in
Heaven.His life here on Earth was a
blessing and a gift to God.

Bonnie and Curtis Hammond
May 13, 2014
My God bless this special man, He buried my son 13 years ago and gave the most beautiful called the 4 bases and read about the dash between the lines May God bless your family at this time He was a wonderful person so special to have known him Mary Lloyd Hodges
Mary Hodges
May 13, 2014
My heart felt condolensces go out to Rev. Morton (Mr.s Guy)'s family in this lost. But KNOW where he is now; is the place we should desire to go as well. May we remember the lessons of faith and service that he so loving preached and lived. May his legacy of the love of God continue on in the lives of us whom he touched. Rest in Heaven my beloved Mr. Guy (Ms. T) Vermilion office.... Mrs. Morton, may the God of ALL comfort & peace safely be upon you and your family! God Bless!
Tanequa Phillips
May 13, 2014
Keeping all of you in prayers. Knowing we will see him again in Heaven and on the NEW Earth is awesome (Titus 1:2). Sending our love, sympathy, and prayers for his wife and family. Numbers 6:24 May God's Words bring God's Peace of mind and heart, and God's comfort (Psalm 3:5 & 4:8). he was a great Pastor and friend. He will be missed and remembered.
Richard & Dana Kingsboro & family
May 13, 2014
Welcome HOME, Pastor Mortan! Titus 1:2
Richard & Dana Kingsboro & family
May 13, 2014
I will never forget Pastor Morton. This world was a better place because of him and the love that showed. I am a blessed man just for the pleasure of having him as my Pastor. Love and prayers to the family.
Gary Turner
May 13, 2014
Love and prayers to The Morton Family on the passing of a wonderful man.. Pastor Morton was so very special and he will be missed by so many people.
Kim Labis
May 13, 2014
Prayers to the family. I only knew the Pastor for a few years now. He was a very kind caring man. He will be missed.
Mary Richardson
May 12, 2014
Remembering you and your loved ones today and always. May you be comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Pastor Guy was such a sweet man.
Tom and Abbie Carr
May 12, 2014
My thoughts and Prayers and Love to Jean and the entire Family.When someone mentions being a Christian Pastor Morton is and always will be the first to come to mind.
May 12, 2014
Bro. Guy and "Billy Graham" were/are so alike. But I'd say Bro. Guy had the most charm.
He meant the world to me for so many reasons(one was how he was such a cheerleader and encourager for me) I will be so happy when I see him again in heaven.
Jeanne, you are a beautiful light and I am so sorry for your loss.
Val, Vicky, Guy Earl and family; my heart aches for you. Praise God you will see him again in glory land. Grace and Peace, Mary Harris Norris (former westwood Baptist member/organist, friend & schoolmate of Val's)
Mary Norris
May 12, 2014
Our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Riddle Funeral Home
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