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Obituary: Curtis Lamont Morgan, Sr

March 11, 2014

Curtis Lamont Morgan, Sr., 81, died March 9, 2014, at Cross Landings in Monticello, Florida. He was born November 29, 1932, in Telogia, Florida to Myrtle Iris Hatcher Morgan and Johnny Lee Morgan, and grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. In 1954, he married his sweetheart, Lillian Cooksey Morgan, and they shared 53 years together, making Monticello their home, before she preceded him in death.

 

Curtis' faith was a very important part of his life. He was a Christian and a member of Olive Baptist Church, where he previously served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He was a Master Mason and past Master of Hiram Lodge No. 5. He was a mechanic and had owned and operated Curtis Morgan's Garage since 1981.

 

He never met a stranger and always made people feel right at home. Curtis also had a great love for animals and a special bond with dogs. He always had a sidekick with him from Grinner, to Girldoggie, to his latest partner in crime, Buford. He enjoyed life and filled his with many different interests, including drag and stock car racing, hunting, and music.

 

One of his dreams was to provide a safe place in Monticello for people of all ages to come and enjoy country music. Along with his wife Lillian, he founded Monticello Country Jamboree, which is a free, family-oriented show that is still going strong today.

 

Curtis is survived by: three children, Darlene Morgan Aldrich (Jim) of Tallahassee, and Curtis Lamont "Monty" Morgan, Jr. (Hilda) and Mandy Morgan Self (Don) of Monticello; five grandchildren, Melannie Morgan Wright (Matt) of Orlando; Joshua Roddenberry of Tallahassee; William Smith, Curtis Lee Morgan, and Tori Self of Monticello; one great grandson, Will K. Roddenberry of Tallahassee; one brother, Comas Morgan (Debbie) of Tallahassee, and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.Besides his wife, Lillian, he was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Johnny Lee Morgan; sisters, Edith Morgan Callaway and Mary Lee Morgan Driggers; brothers, John L. "JL" Morgan, Elton Morgan, and Herbert Morgan; and his grandson, William E. Roddenberry, Jr.

 

Curtis' family will receive friends from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 11th, at Monticello Country Music Jamboree, Water Street, Monticello.The funeral will be held at Olive Baptist Church at 2pm with a Mason graveside service to follow at the Church Cemetery on Wednesday, March 12th.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to: Olive Baptist Church (6063 Boston Highway, Monticello, FL 32344) or Monticello Country Jamboree (P.O.Box 474, Monticello, FL 32345).

 

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