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East Funeral Home

602 Olive Street, Texarkana, TX

OBITUARY

Gerald Ross Morgan

July 12, 1945May 19, 2020

Gerald Ross Morgan 74, died May 19, 2020 in a local hospital. Dedicated husband and loving father and grandfather, Ross was the youngest of five children born to Andy and Jessie Mae Morgan of Clark County Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and a sister. He survived by his wife, Dr. Pat Morgan, one daughter, Missy Morgan Lyda of Texarkana, AR, two sons - Dwayne Webb (Karen)of Perryville, AR and Bary Morgan (Amber) of Milwaukee, WI and nine grandchildren - Taylor Webb, Morgan Ann Perkins, Nick Morgan, Katie Webb, Mikayla Morgan, Morgan Thomas, Alexandra Morgan, Jenna Webb, and Kherington Lyda. Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law Betty and JW Walls, many nieces and nephews, friends, athletes and loved ones.

Ross joined the United States Army in 1968 and served two years of his tour in Vietnam. Even at a very young age he held the rank of sergeant. At a recent military reunion the young men assigned to him said the sergeant was a born leader. During his service he was awarded several accolades including National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Civil Actions Medal, Expert Rifleman, and his Most honorable award the Bronze Star. Upon discharge in 1971, he met and married the love of his life, Pat Owens Morgan, a union that has lasted 49 years.

He grew up in Arkadelphia attending Arkadelphia public schools. Ross entered Texarkana college in the fall of 1971 to begin his academic pursuits and then proceeded to Henderson State University where he graduated with Honors in 1975 with a degree in education. During his time in college he worked at the Boys and Girls Club in Texarkana and he always said this was the turning point in his decision to become a coach. He received a Masters in education and administrative certification from East Texas State University.

He began his coaching career in the Fall of 1975 at College Hill Junior High and then went on to coach at Arkansas High school as the girls Head Basketball Coach. In 1980 Coach Morgan was hired at Bloomburg TX to coach all girls and boys basketball 5th-12th grade. After 5 years in Bloomberg he was hired in Hooks Texas where he finished his years of coaching. During his time in Hooks he coached Boys Basketball and assistant football but made his greatest impact in the girls athletic department by coaching volleyball, basketball, softball and track with unchallenged success.

Ross was an active member of First United Methodist Church-Texarkana Arkansas. He stressed putting God First and it was evident in all he did. He served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, Chairman of the Trustees, Sunday school teacher, and driving the van for children’s choir. Nothing pleases him more than to be called by the church to come repair or serve the church in any capacity. Word is said His strong bass voice could be heard clearly throughout the church on Sunday mornings.

Ross Morgan left a legacy of love, honor and faith and will be missed by many.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.

A private graveside service will take place at Murfreesboro Cemetery, Murfreesboro, AR.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Texarkana, AR.

Condolences may be left at www.eastfuneralhomes.com

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Ferdia House

June 1, 2020

Pat, I'm so very sorry for the passing of Ross. May the wonderful memories you shared help ease your sorrow.

Ginger Porterfield Patterson

June 1, 2020

To the family of Ross Morgan: I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Evonda Benton

May 25, 2020

Mr. Ross Morgan, he was a great man! He was one of the best Teachers, Girls Volleyball, & Basketball coaches at Hooks, Tx ISD. He was a great mentor to me during my High School years. He will be truly missed!! Sending my condolences & prayers to the Morgan Family.

Mary H. Pickett Reeves

May 25, 2020

I just want to express my deepest and profound sympathy to Dr. Morgan and the rest of the Morgan Family. I was blessed to have known Coach Morgan during the time when he coached Pee Wee flag football. My son Darryl Pickett was an aspiring football player and Coach Morgan worked the little boys like they were grown men! He taught them about life as well as football. Dr. Morgan was pregnant at the time, but managed to come out to support the team at every game. Fast forward a few years when my daughters, Michelle and Sighle Pickett were blessed to be able to participate in girl sports and be coached by Coach Morgan. They were able to perform at levels that they did not think they could. Coach Morgan was the driving force behind and beside them. His leadership had a great impact on my children's lives. I pray that his family will find comfort in knowing that he left his mark in the lives of so many children. May God bless and keep you is my prayer. Sincerely.

Royce Granberry

May 24, 2020

Pat, I first met Ross shortly after he had enrolled at TC back in 1971. I am not sure if you two were married at that time. He took Biology classes and often before and after class, he could be found sitting at the table in the hallway of the Biology building,swapping stories with Williard Pyle and Jerry Wright, as well as many students. Perhaps it was because he was a bit older and demonstrated more maturity, but the younger students seem to gravitate to him and interacted readily with him. He was always so positive and upbeat. It was quite evident, then, that he possessed the character traits, initiative, and vision that resulted in the full, productive, and impactful life that he lived. What a legacy! My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Royce Granberry

Rhonda Sheffield

May 24, 2020

He was a great Coach he was a coach in Bloomburg Texas when I was in school.He had a great influence on us. Thanks

Rachel Campbell

May 23, 2020

Coach Morgan was my high school coach at Hooks High. He showed us tough love. I always thought he was to tough to be a girls coach but he always soothes the pain with sincere love. I'll miss u coach.

Ronnie Echols

May 23, 2020

Ross and I have been friends since high school, and I will really miss him. We were together in Vietnam in 1969, but we lost connection until I learned last year that he had health problems. We reconnected regularly by phone and by two personal visits. He has always been a great guy, smart and with a personality the kept us all laughing. I do not know the family, but I want to wish you all the best. I'm sure he was a loving husband and a great dad. May God be with you.

Marilyn Green Coy

May 22, 2020

So sad to hear about our Arkadelphia classmate, Ross Morgan. I have fun memories of him while we were growing up & attending school in Arkadelphia. To the family, I most sincerely send my condolences to all. God love.

Sheila Moore

May 21, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat, the children, the grandchildren, and the many friends who love the Morgans.

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