Ollie Mae Morgan
May 21, 1920 – January 28, 2020
Ollie Mae Morgan went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2020. Born May 21, 1920, to Lynch and Ovella Ryles of Roland, Ollie was one of six children all of whom have preceded her in death. She and the love of her life, Harold, was wed on New Year’s Eve, 1938. A short while later, on a cold December day, the doctor was called to the Morgan home; Ollie was having their first child. As the baby boy was delivered, the doctor warned, “Ollie, get ready—another baby is coming!” Ollie replied, “Oh, NO there is NOT!” This is one of the few times Ollie was ever wrong. In the midst of the Great Depression, her surprise twin boys, Jimmy Harold Morgan (Joyce) and Bobby Darrell Morgan (Sue), both of Roland were born. In 1945, as WWII ended, the Morgan’s brought their wonderful daughter into the world, Judy Graves (Ray) of Stockton, California. Over the next several years, Ollie’s children grew up and had children of their own. As Elvis Presley broadcast from Hawaii and Neil Armstrong from the moon, Ollie Morgan was spoiling her seven grandchildren. She cheered them on at Joe T. Robinson High School and chased them around the yard playing softball. By the end of the 20th century, they were raised rotten (and full of coke cake). In November of 2000, after 63 years of marriage, Harold passed away. While Ollie was devastated by the loss of her love, her faith assured that the Lord still had great and grand plans for her future. And as the age of the internet began, so did a whole new generation of 19 great-grandchildren for Ollie to spoil with chicken patty sandwiches, drumstick ice cream cones, and every word of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Her tribe was large, now including two great-great-grandchildren and one on the way, and all agree that she devoted every moment to reflect the fullness of God’s unconditional love. The ultimate matriarch, she never passed judgement, but never let a teaching moment pass. Devoted in her faith, she never gave up – evident in her unyielding support of Houston Nutt and the Razorbacks. Revered by all, she was the epitome of a strong, Southern woman, complete with “Y’all Don’t Hafta Runoff”s and “I’ll Declare!”s. For 99 years, she kept her family fed, her garden pruned, and her heart full of love. After 99 years of selflessness and servitude, her Savior came to carry her Home.
- Funeral Friday, January 31, 2020
- Burial Friday, January 31, 2020
Ollie Mae Morgan
February 9, 2020
This picture was taken at Baby Landon’s first birthday party March of 2019. Landon is setting in the lap of his great great grandma Ollie. I am so glad he got to meet her and spend some time with her. She will always be missed and our memories of her will live on forever.
Christy Combee ( Eason )
January 30, 2020
I have known this sweet lady for as long as I can remember. I have lived in the Roland area all my life and attended Robinson with some of her Grandchildren. I would like to share my deepest sorrow to Angie and Bryan Morgan I know this lost will be a hard one and a big part of your life gone, but remember she is no longer in pain and living it up in Heaven.