Celebrating the life of Jimmie L. Morgan
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Deacon Jimmie Lee Morgan, 97, formerly of 1607 Yellowbird Road (609), Blackstone, VA died peacefully Sunday, March 19, 2023 at Bon Secours Southside Medical Center, Petersburg, VA. Jimmie was the third child born to Jimmie and Lawanna Morgan on October 20, 1925 in Wellville, VA.
Jimmie lived a full, vibrant life. His strength and resilience were an inspiration to all that knew him. Most were amazed when he, well into his 90’s, could live independently and drive. Although he was a good cook, He chose to enjoy the cooking of others. He spent many mornings eating breakfast at McDonalds with the guys and Farmers Café was by far his favorite restaurant in Blackstone. Jimmie’s love and kindness was contagious. He would greet everyone with a smile and a kind word. Jimmie’s life was filled with his joys: his family, his church, his work and being a WWII veteran.
Jimmie married the late Lois Wright Morgan on April 27, 1947. To this union, there were four children born. He was predeceased by his son, Lorenzo. Nothing meant more to Jimmie than his family. He was one of 17 children. He was predeceased by eleven brothers and three sisters. His love for his family led he and Lois to provide a home for several family members over the years. His grandchildren brought about a deeper love and enjoyment. He would take any opportunity to speak on his grandchildren’s accomplishments. He was always present no matter how big or how small the celebration. Jimmie made the decision to spend his later years with his family. He enjoyed family outings. When the car started, Jimmie was in the front seat ready to go.
Jimmie professed Christ at an early age. He was baptized at Bloomfield Baptist Church in Wilsons, VA. He later joined Cellar Creek Baptist where he served faithfully until his health declined. He took the task of being a Deacon very seriously. No matter what capacity Jimmie was serving, he made sure it was done right. He served on the Deaconate Ministry, the Men’s Chorus, the Trustee Ministry, and Sunday school to name a few. Whenever the doors of Cellar Creek Baptist Church were open, Jimmie Lee Morgan would beat you there to make sure the door was open.
Jimmie was a great man who found joy in working and took pride in supporting his family. Jimmie worked over 35 years for Patterson & Patterson Mills as a foreman. Upon retirement, he continued to “work”. (He loved what he did so much it could not be called work). He worked for O.D. Duncanson for many years then returned to his first love of farming with local farmers. He continued to work until age 82. He would quickly tell his great-grandchildren to work now while you’re young so you can enjoy life when you are older.
Jimmie proudly served in the US Army during World War II. His fascinating accounts of his service made you understand how he became the strong and resilient leader he was. In 2020, Billy Coleburn wrote an article in The Courier Record on Jimmie. He was also featured in a segment on WTVR Channel 6 news by Greg McQuade. He was very thankful for Ms. Hattie Jones’s son, Thad Jones, for his recognition of his service. Through Thad, he was able to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC and meet fellow WWII veterans.
Left to cherish and share Jimmie’s precious memories are his two daughters, Mary Elizabeth Wynn and Mary Alice Pettis; one son, Edward Morgan; a daughter-in-law, Sarah Morgan; seven grandchildren, Thomas Wynn, Jr. (Toni), John Pettis, Jr. (Heather), Nicole Johnson (Eric), Derese Wynn, Adrienne Harris (Reny), Amber Christmas (Craig), and Dezi Raye Sheets; sixteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leroy Morgan (Louise) and Dennis Morgan; one sister, Ellen Credle (Milford); a brother-in-law, James Wright (Iris); two sisters-in-law, Mamie Morgan and Mable Stokes; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends including his devoted nephew, Clarence “Skipper” Morgan; and a faithfully devoted friend, Hattie Jones.
Viewing Saturday, March 25, 2023 from 12 to 7PM. Family will be receiving friends from 5p-7p.
Funeral Service Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 1:00PM at Cellar Creek Baptist Church, Blackstone. Interment church cemetery.
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