Virgil "Tom" Thomas Morton

November 18, 1945May 1, 2013
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New Bern, NC

Virgil Thomas “Tom” Morton, 67, of New Bern, passed away May 1, 2013 at home.

Born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Peoria, IL he received his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University and his masters from Illinois State University. He taught high school and coached football and baseball in Pekin, IL for four years before beginning his career in the transportation field. He worked for several companies and retired from UPS Freight in February, 2013. Mr. Morton loved the Lord, his family, St. Louis Cardinals and golf. He was an active member of Centenary United Methodist Church where he served in the United Methodist Men; and also served as an usher and he was a member of the Taberna Mens Golf Assoc. He is preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Georgia Morton.

He is survived by his wife, Polly Morton, two sons, Jeff Morton and wife Crystal of Dallas, TX; Greg Morton and wife Sandra of Los Angeles, CA; one brother, Don Morton and wife Peggy of Ft. Worth, TX; two sisters, Judy Fisher and husband Ray of Bloomington, IL; Joleen Bailey and husband Jim of Peoria, IL; four grandchildren, Cameron and Shelby Richmond, Donavin and Destiny Johnson and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Centenary United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Centenary United Methodist Church.

Online condolences may be made to the Morton family at


  • Memorial Service Sunday, May 5, 2013

Virgil "Tom" Thomas Morton

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Lynne Rodgers

June 12, 2013

Dear Polly,
I am so sorry to hear about Tom. We have lost touch over the years but you both were never far from my thoughts. I was blessed to have known and worked for Tom and I will never forgot both of your kindness. My deepest sypmathy and prayers for you and the family.
Lynne Rodgers (Saddlebrooke, Mo)

Robert Brooks

May 26, 2013

Dear Polly (and Family)

While it has been a few years since we ministered together in beginning a wonderful new community of faith in Aurora, I have so many wonderful memories of Tom and a life well lived. I am a better pastor and person because of the variety of gifts he shared and I learned from. Well done faithful servant! Well done! Bob Brooks (Seattle Washington)

Hector and Sherri Colon

May 6, 2013

Dear Polly,
We were so sorry to hear about Tom. He kept his light shining for God and he was such an inspiration. You and your family will be in our prayers.

John and Judy Simon

May 5, 2013

Dearest Polly,
We love you, our hearts are broken. Tom was a beautiful man, generous in spirit with a kind heart. And fun! A beautiful singing voice. You and your sons are much in our thought and prayers.

Al and Sabrina White

May 5, 2013

Polly, Al and I were so sorry to here about your loss.Your family is in your prays. we have wonderful memories of you guys and i thank god for that. We have been blessed to have known Tom.

May 5, 2013

We are sorry for Tom's passing. No words can express the feelings of your loss. The short time we have know Tom he was a truly a special man that loved God and Family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.
Don & Debbie Ford Granbury,Tx

Logan Kerr

May 5, 2013

Polly: I am sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. I was privileged to have worked with him at UPS Freight and considered Tom to be an inspirational leader and a very special friend. Tom lead by example. He showed us religion, family and friends also needed to be an important part of our everyday lives. I am greatly saddened Tom is gone and will pray you and your family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Leanne (Harris) Emery

May 4, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I went to Limestone HS with Tom (Virgil) and have fond memories. Was anticipating seeing him again at our 50th and am sorry will not see him. Please know you are in my prayers and remember you are surrounded by the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jennifer Robson

May 4, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about Tom. He was a great man. One whom I have learned so much from. You and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers. It was an honor to have known a man such as your late husband. May God bless you all and hold you ever near at heart.

Lew & Roberta Wysong

May 3, 2013

Roberta and I were very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Our family will be eternally grateful for the opportunities and guidance Tom gave me during the many years that I was privileged to have worked with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.