OBITUARY

Dr. John Ronald Morgan

March 29, 1940November 6, 2019
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Dr. John Ronald Morgan of Chattanooga, TN born March 29, 1940 in Fort Payne, AL to the late Ronald Rudolph and Miriam Josephine Morgan passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Dr. Morgan is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Donna Louise (Gardner) Morgan, his sister Mary Jo McKelvey, his daughter Susan (Glenn) Record, and his sons David (Dorinea) Morgan, Michael (Brooke) Morgan and Stephen (Tracy) Morgan. In addition, John was blessed to be the beloved “Poppa” to 9 grandchildren: Kevin (Marla) Record, Scott (Larken) Record, Julie Record, Luke Morgan, Brooke Morgan, AJ Morgan, Gretchen Morgan, Shelby Morgan and Whitney Jane Morgan. Dr. Morgan graduated from Lafayette High School and then went on to earn his degree from David Lipscomb College in 1962. Following graduation, he attended Vanderbilt Medical School where he received his medical degree. Following his pediatric internship at Vanderbilt, Dr. Morgan spent two years in the Air Force stationed at Eglin Air Force base in Fort Walton Beach. He then spent two years in Gainesville at the University of Florida in a Fellowship for Pediatric Cardiology. In 1972, the family moved to Chattanooga, TN where he joined T.C. Thompson’s Children Hospital of Erlanger Medical Center in the practice of Pediatric Cardiology, where he served as the sole Pediatric Cardiologist for the region for most of his career. Chattanooga was his home for the next 47 years. A beloved husband, father, physician, mentor, friend, and follower of Christ, Dr. Morgan was an active leader in the community in a variety of ways. A member of Brainerd Church of Christ for over 40 years, and later East Brainerd Church of Christ, he served as a Deacon and an Elder for several decades. He also served on the Board of Boyd-Buchanan School for many years, including serving a term as Chairman. Dr. Morgan had a love for the outdoors including backpacking, water skiing, and golf and helped foster that in many ways with his sons by serving as a volunteer leader of Boy Scout Troop 30. A celebration of life service will be at held at East Brainerd Church of Christ on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 4pm, with visitation at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Boyd-Buchanan School. Please share your thoughts and memories online at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com Arrangements by Chattanooga Funeral Home, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Dr. John Ronald Morgan

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donald brown

November 11, 2019

I would like to share my condolences to Donna and the family. I met Doctor Morgan and Donna at Memorial Hospital Cardio Rehab Such nice people. So sorry to hear of his passing. Don Brown

Bart Lunsford

November 10, 2019

I would like to extended my deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Morgan. He had been my cardiologist since I was 3 months old (in 1978) until I was almost 23 years old (in 2001) due to the fact that he was retiring. Today I am 41 years old and still alive because of him and able to say how grateful I and my family are to have had this wonderful, passionate, and professional doctor in our lives to see after me. I went through two open heart surgeries while in his care. When he gave me and my parents the news that the first surgery had failed, no one was more upset than him because he knew how much it meant to me and my family. The patience he had for me as a child from the stories my parents tell me was rare. He has helped so many other children besides me but I am thankful he was my doctor. Dr. Morgan thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. You will be greatly missed. Below is a picture of the last time I saw Dr. Morgan as my Doctor on July 27, 2001.

Mary and Roy McKinney

November 10, 2019

I first met John when I was in nursing school at Erlanger. I later worked in newborn nursery and made rounds with him. Then later when our children were all at Boyd Buchanan school, I met Donna and her sweet mother. John was active in World Bible School, and later when web-based teaching began, he encouraged and helped me start teaching on the internet. I'm still at it after 18 years!
Susan, I'm so glad I got to meet Glenn today. You got a good one! Love to Donna and all.

Kevin Denver

November 10, 2019

We share your grief on the loss of this great man. He saved our son's life when he was born with heart issues. Our son John is now 36 years old and married with 3 children. We thank God for giving Dr. Morgan the skills and compassion he possessed. He will be missed by many. May God bless your family.

Sincerely,

Kevin & Jane Denver

Roger and Milbrey Coffman

November 9, 2019

Donna, we just learned this morning about John's death and wanted to send you and your family our love and sincere sympathy. We've known the two of you since our time together at Lipscomb nearly sixty years ago. John was the epitome of the character of the Christ whom He followed--"gentle and humble in heart." He fought the good fight; he finished his race; he kept the faith; and now the crown of righteousness belongs to him because of his trust in the faithfulness of a gracious and forgiving God.

Becky Cushen

November 8, 2019

I'm sure many nurses feel the same way as I do. I enjoyed working with Dr. Morgan at Children's. I'm sad to hear of his passing. My prayers are with his family.

Lisa Archie - Garth

November 8, 2019

Donna and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Donna and Dr. Morgan always made me feel so welcome at Brainerd. I attended church with you from 1998 until I moved away in 2006. You were both always so kind and thoughtful, and as a single, young black woman professional working in the area, I was so happy to have the support of the church. You were both wonderful role models. I know that John is in Heaven now. There is not a doubt in my mind. Sending you love and good wishes. Lisa

Deborah & Johnny Ritchie

November 8, 2019

He was our sons doctor from the day he was born until he was an adult. We could not have done it without him.He truly cared about his patients.Sorry for your loss.

Jim & Herlinda Sauls

November 8, 2019

Donna, we are so sorry for your loss. Praying for Gods support at this difficult time. Remembering you with love, Jim & Herlinda


Ann Henderson

November 8, 2019

Introduced to the Morgan's by my now deceased husband, Clay Henderson, who graduated from Lipscomb in 1960. His association with them at Lipscomb and his love for hometown Chattanooga added to their Christian bond. I am now privileged to continue that friendship with their daughter, Susan and her family in Meridianville, Alabama. Thankful for the life of service of Dr. Morgan! Praying for comfort for the family as they grieve their loss while they rejoice that their loved one is at home with our Heavenly Father

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