Mount Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery

1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN



May 8, 1931May 16, 2020

NASHVILLE – Richard Leo Morgan passed away May 16, 2020. Born May 8th 1931 in Rocky Mount, N.C., Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Morgan and Sallie Morris Morgan, and his brother, Dr. Benjamin Edward Morgan. Surviving are his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Mary Carolyn Wallace Morgan; his son, William Latham Morgan, (wife, Gabriele and step-daughter, Anna Lidzba of Atlanta); his daughter, Patricia Morris Morgan Carswell, (husband, Benjamin E. Carswell, and daughter, Mary Lindley Carswell, of Nashville) and his daughter, Alice Glenna Morgan White, (husband, Darrell B. White and sons, Morgan Southerland White, Jordan McEver White and John Randolph White of Gainesville, GA).

Richard was a graduate of Wake Forest University and earned his MBA from the University of North Carolina in 1956 after a tour of duty with the U.S. Army. He was an executive for thirty-three years with Sears, Roebuck and Company, accomplishing most of his career in South Carolina. After retiring at age 60 he began a ten-year career with American Coatings, Inc. in partnership with his son-in-law, Benjamin Carswell. At the age of 70 he was called to service at First Presbyterian Church as church administrator. He cherished his time in service there.

Richard was an active volunteer and civic leader throughout his life. At Wake Forest University, he was elected President of Sigma Chi Fraternity. During his career years in Spartanburg, S.C. he served as President of the Kiwanis Club and the American Red Cross. He served as a board member of the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg. In Nashville, Richard’s service continued as a board member of the Nashville Rescue Mission and as an Elder at First Presbyterian Church. And, throughout his 70’s Richard was an active volunteer with Alive Hospice and served as a Stephen minister for First Presbyterian Church.

Richard had a caring heart and a humble spirit and will be missed by so many. His faith guided his actions and his actions were his testimony.

A private memorial service and internment will be held in the First Presbyterian Memorial Garden on Thursday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m. The family wishes to thank the caregivers at NHC Place at the Trace, Caris Hospice, St. Thomas Hospital West and specifically, Dr. Kent Shih, for their loving care during the last few years. Officiating in the service will be Dr. Sandra L. Randleman, Dr. Stuart R. Gordon and Dr. John L. Musgrave.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 4185 Franklin Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37220 or to The Nashville Rescue Mission, 639 Lafayette Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37203.


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