John Jacob Morton

September 3, 1947December 30, 2018

John “Hop” J. Morton, age 71, of Hickory, NC, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018, at Mission Hospital in Asheville, NC, after a period of declining health. Born September 3, 1947, in Stanly County, NC, he was the son of the late John Maxwell Morton and Lillie Florence Efird Morton.

“Hop” (a nickname given to him as a young man based on the movie character Hopalong Cassidy) was a veteran of the US Navy. He enjoyed hunting and working with hunting dogs, fishing, working on tractor and lawn mower engines, and attending and setting up as a vendor at local flea markets.

In addition to his parents, “Hop” was preceded in death by a sister, Florence M. Morgan.

Survivors include his sisters, Bertha “Bea” M. Isenhour and husband, Steve, of Hickory, NC, and Deborah M. Hutchinson and husband, Lewis, of Albemarle, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the Morton family at

The Morton family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Hickory, NC.


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Sue Cooper

January 10, 2019

One Christmas, Santa brought Hoppy a complete Hopalong Cassidy outfit; hat, guns, boots, fringed shirt and pants! I was green w/envy! No one ever convinced me that I had received the Dale Evans equivalent outfit (a skirt and NO guns!)
RIP, Hoppy!❤️

Gail Morgan

January 3, 2019

Bea and Debbie I am so so sorry for the loss of your Brother Hoppy. My thoughts and prayers for all your family.

Bertha Morton Isenhour

January 3, 2019

Hop and I were the "middle" sibblings. He was more "special" of course, being the only son. Always was a pain in the neck growing up - now the pain is in my heart. Never knew I would miss him so much.