Jeffrey K. Morgan

December 16, 1959November 14, 2021

Jeffrey Karl Morgan of Chattanooga, TN passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Sunday, November 14, 2021.

Born in Chattanooga on December 16, 1959, Jeff is the son of the late John Karl Morgan and Jane Rankin Morgan.

After graduating Baylor School in 1978, Jeff attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he earned his Bachelors in Business Administration. A few weeks after graduation, Jeff launched Morgan Construction Company and began his career as a general contractor. He built his business on hard work and relentless pursuit of excellence while surrounding himself with loyal and dedicated people.

Jeff served on the Baylor School Board of Trustees and was a member of the executive committee .He received the Baylor School Distinguished Service Award from his beloved alma mater. He was inducted into the UTC Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2018.

He was an avid duck hunter and shared this passion with his wife, children, and friends for many years. He was also a loyal supporter of the conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited.

Jeff was raised in the church with his family at First Centenary United Methodist Church and later was a member and Deacon at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. More recently, he had been worshipping at Wayside Presbyterian Church.

Through the challenges of the past two years, Jeff’s faith in Jesus Christ increasingly became his strength for each day. His strength came from his devotion to and love for the Word of God. He cherished with joy the encouragement he received from the ministry of his family and friends in sharing Scripture and prayers day after day. Through it all Jeff wanted only to honor the Lord in his life.

Jeff was married to his loving wife, Melissa, for 33 years. One of his proudest accomplishments was his marriage and raising his three children to walk with the Lord and faithfully trust in Him.

He is survived by his wife Melissa, his three children, Bri (Jeff) Boehm, Lincoln, NE, John (Kara) Morgan, Omaha, NE and Mary Austin Morgan, College Station, TX; his granddaughter Alice Boehm. He is also survived by his brother, John R. “Jay” (Sarah) Morgan, Chattanooga, TN; sister, Jan Morgan (Frank) Harrison, Charlotte, NC; uncle, Richard L. (Myrna) Rankin, Selmer, TN as well as many nieces and nephews and his two adoring black labs, Lucy and Nelli.

A graveside service for immediate family will be held this weekend. A Memorial service will be Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 12 Noon in the Baylor School Chapel with Dr. William Dudley officiating. A celebration of Jeff’s life will follow in Guerry Dining Hall on campus.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of memorial gifts to the Wayside Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Fund:

Wayside Presbyterian Church 2502 Fairmount Pike Signal Mountain, TN 37377 (

or to a chosen ministry witnessing and caring for those in need.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, TN.

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Memorial Service

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171 Baylor School Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405


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Crystal Parker

December 1, 2021

On behalf of my family I would like to send my sincerest condolences to the The Morgan family. When my son played basketball with John , we were all invited into your home and treated like family. We were just talking about the basketball days a few months ago. Thank you for your life lesson talks . Jeff you will be missed by many.
Much Love,
Crystal Parker and Nick Ross, Jr

rick english

November 26, 2021

Jeff was like a son to me, not only my contractor but a friend that was always there when I needed a construction question answered or a job for my sons in the summer. One of the finest men I have ever known, never complained and always with the positive attitude. God Bless you Jeffrey.

Jon Milburn

November 18, 2021

Our deepest condolences to the Morgan family. Jeff was in my Kappa Sigma pledge class at UT. He was the most vital and energetic member we had. Always with a positive can do attitude... and he did. Always. Diana and I will pray for peace and comfort for the Morgan family.

Arthur Ballard

November 18, 2021

Jeff was an old Signal Mountaineer like I. I know his family well.
Jeff was a fellow fraternity brother and I watched has compassion for construction grow.
I am so proud of Jeff’s accomplishments over the years and him as an individual.
I know the Lords peace is with you now for eternity.

Darian Miguell Paris

November 16, 2021

Jeff was my mentor and instructed me on how to set up my construction company. He's the reason I decided to become a contractor and guided me along the way. His advice and mentorship will be greatly missed. Thanks for everything Jeff.

Sam Yeager

November 16, 2021

Jeff Morgan was one of the most decent, hard working, honest and dependable men I have ever met. Jeff and I began a business relationship in 2016 and resulted in MCC building 2 large projects for Bristol Development Group. Our relationship later blossomed into a friendship based upon mutual respect and affinity. I loved Jeff and I am so saddened to see him go but I will say Jeff shared some of the most wonderful testimonies about his faith and family with me and our company before he left us. I pray for God’s most tender mercies upon Melissa and his family.
Sam Yeager

Woody Banks

November 16, 2021

Having known Jeff for a lifetime, I always joked with him that Morgan Construction didn’t start in 1983, it really started in the 1960s with that awesome treehouse he built complete with cantilever floor supports, pitched roof, walls, latching door, hinged window openings, sling bunk beds made from discarded canvas life rafts and an electrical supply from a hot wired ma bell phone cord to insure power for the lighting and television. Anyone who knew Jeff can easily picture all this happening with a nine or ten year old Jeff Morgan on the job.
He was a tenacious worker at everything and also an excellent friend with a great personality. I will definitely miss him. My condolences to the entire Morgan family.

Frank Burke

November 15, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family. I am thankful for the time I got to spend with Jeff.

David Clendenen

November 15, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Morgan allowed me to stay at their home many times during my boarding days at Baylor, and Jeff always treated me as family. Mr. Morgan once gave me a piece of advice before a road trip:"Dont do anything that I wouldn't do." Given the quality of man that Jeff was, it was great advice. Mr. Morgan made the people around him better and happier. He will be missed.