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Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel

5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH

OBITUARY

James E. Morgan

June 13, 1934September 29, 2019
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Morgan, Jim, of Dayton, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019. He was born in Hyden, KY to William and Mae Morgan in 1934. Jim was predeceased by his parents and a nephew, Russell William Morgan. Jim leaves his son, Jay, and daughter, Peggy, as well as granddaughter, Chelsea Bush (Matt), grandson, Jay, and great grandsons, Bennett and Lucas James Bush. He also leaves brothers, Sam (Carol)—daughter Esther, and sons John, Mike, and Scott; Charles “Mickey” (Ruth Ann)—sons John and Bobby; Tom “Baldy” (Joan)—daughter Jennifer and son Andrew, and sisters Sally Hancock Kilroy—sons Bill and Tod; Brenda LaFever (Bill); and Betty Murphy (Patrick)—daughter Colene. Jim will be missed by the extended family and a myriad of friends, as well as beloved Stivers’ friends, fellow University of Louisville basketball players, and his garden buddies. Jim was a storied basketball player at Stivers High School and the University of Louisville as a member of the NIT-winning basketball team. Jim was drafted by the Syracuse Nationals basketball franchise, but chose to teach social studies and coach basketball at Stebbins High School where he taught for eight years. Jim then followed his heart, becoming a winning thoroughbred race horse trainer for several decades. Visitation is from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Sunday, October 6, and from 11:00 am to12:00 pm on Monday, October 7, with service to follow at noon, at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45429. Burial will be at Deerfield Cemetery, South Lebanon, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Jim Morgan Scholarship, c/o Robert Roark, Principal, Leslie County High School, P.O. Box 970, Hyden, KY 41749. Online condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019

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Dale Mills

October 6, 2019

Sam

I talked to Tobias Funeral Home today and they suggested I leave you my phone number, which is 937-372-7206.

Again, my sincerest sympathy,

Dale Mills

Dale Nills

October 6, 2019

Sally and Sam and family,

My deepest condolences to you.

From a long lost friend from grade school, My daughter is typing this message for me, but I would enjoy having an opportunity to catch up with Sam.

Dale E Mills
Xenia, OH

Joe D’Amico

October 6, 2019

Jay and Peggy,
I wanted to let you both know that I saw your Dad’s obituary in the paper. The article in Sunday’s paper was well done, and really captured Jim’s essence. My thoughts and prayers to you and your families, I have a ton of good memories of the good old days, when the farm was really humming along with the on farm training, mares and foals, and I know both of you were integral in day to day operations. Good times for sure, and of course, a few hairy moments squeezed in! I hope you’re both well, it has been a long time. Again, sending my best thoughts and prayers.
Joe

Robert (Bob) Cook

October 5, 2019

I worked for Jim as an exercise rider, assistant trainer and farm manager for seven years, gaining experience and knowledge that gave me the confidence to go on my own. I met my wife Joanie at his farm and we have been together over forty years now. The memories I have of that time are some of my best. Jim's success, especially in Ohio will probably never be equaled as he is a legend in Ohio racing! I know he disliked this label but I say it with only the most respect. Rest in peace Mountain Man!

James Morgan

October 4, 2019

Jim was a wonderful neighbor. He was a good friend to many in the neighborhood. He was thoughtful and kind. He will be missed greatly.

Genon Day

October 3, 2019

I have worked for Bill Darragh and his family for 48 years. When Bill introduced me to Jim Morgan, I fell in love with his personality and charm. He will be in my heart forever. Laughter makes us live longer - he certainly kept all of us laughing. "My sympathy and prayers to his family" from Genon Day, Lexington, Kentucky

Sam Baker

October 1, 2019

Jim, your extraordinary life and all the things that you accomplished is a testament to the kind of man you were, a great coach, horse trainer and even better man. You did it all! You have made the family so proud.

Lewis Bell

October 1, 2019

I am sure that the success I enjoyed in my short coaching career was due to trying to coach like Coach Morgan. Additionally, I am positive his pushing me to be better, work harder and hate losing served me very well through out my life. I wish I had told him that.

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