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Obituaries

May 19, 2013

Charles Billy Morgan

1932 - 2013

Charles Billy Morgan went to join his Heavenly Father on May 16, 2013.

His friends knew him simply as “Bill”, a big man with an even bigger heart.

Bill was born in Webbers Falls OK on December 10, 1932, the youngest of Selma & Lucille Morgan. His brothers were, Leonard and Carl, and his sister, Louise McGrew. Louise and her husband, Charlie McGrew were the only family Bill had left, and they tended to him during the last days of his life.

Bill’s family moved to northern CA when he was a young man, and he attended high school in Ukiah, CA before joining the U.S. Navy in the early 1950’s. Bill saw combat on a mine sweeper off the Korean Coast. He didn’t like to talk about the carnage he saw as a result of ships being blown up at sea or pulling his fellow sailors out of the ocean, but these experiences affected him for the remainder of his life. After the war, Bill worked in saw mills in northern CA. as a mechanic and millwright. He retired from Nestles and returned to his native OK with his wife, Nancy. They had two boys, Michael and Paul. Nancy was a CA girl and did not like living in OK, so they divorced shortly after moving to OK after 50 years of marriage. Bill was heartbroken. He loved Nancy deeply and her departure left him a lonely and depressed man. Fortunately, Bill’s sister, Louise and husband Charlie were there to support and comfort him. They took him to church and Bill was baptized at Warner First Baptist Church. When Bill became a Christian, his life changed. He moved to Muskogee and joined Eastern Heights Baptist Church where he had many friends who loved him and cared for him.

Bill lived alone in an apartment, took care of his own needs, and never complained about his health. He enjoyed his life as much as possible. On the last day of his life, he picked up a church friend of his and they went to breakfast. After breakfast, they went to Bill’s apartment and Bill let his friend use his car for the rest of the day.When his friend returned in the afternoon, Bill was taking his final breath.

Bill lived like a man, and he died like a man. He didn’t whine, cry, or complain as he passed on to the other side. We will miss you, Bill. God Bless You!

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Eastern Heights Baptist Church with Reverend Dave Kelley and Reverend Jeff Mann officiating.  Interment will follow in Warner Memorial Cemetery with Bob Cathy, Phil Milam, Dean Hays, Dan Robertson, Jerry Hill, and Sam Lane serving as pallbearers.

The family has entrusted Bradley Funeral Service of Muskogee with the arrangements. Those who wish may send the family a condolence at the website www.bradleyfuneralservice.com.     

 

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