Billy J. “Bill” Morgan

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January 1, 1933 - August 25, 2018

Billy J. (“Bill”) Morgan was born on January 1, 1933 to Felix and Jonnie Morgan in Rotan, Fisher County, TX. He passed away on August 25, 2018 from complications of heart disease, kidney disease and myeloma cancer. Bill was raised on his family’s three section farm and ranch located on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, near Rotan. Hunting and fishing were Bill’s passions as well as horseback riding. He graduated from Rotan High School in 1950 and entered Hardin-Simmons University, a distinctive Baptist University in Abilene, TX. Bill joined the Hardin-Simmons University World Famous Cowboy Band, playing a baritone in the Show Band of the Southwest for three and one-half years before he was drafted into the Army December 16, 1953. He was trained and served as a hospital corpsman and was stationed in West Germany during the post-war occupation. Upon his honorable discharge in 1955, he returned to Hardin-Simmons and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. Later, Bill obtained a Master of Education degree from Sul Ross State University, gaining certifications in counseling and Administration for Principals, Directors and Superintendents. While in the Army, Bill married Sally Ann Clifford, his college sweetheart, and they were married 64 years. They moved to Seminole, TX in 1956 and began teaching school. Bill served as a Junior High classroom teacher for 17 years and as a High School Counselor for 20 years. He also taught graduate courses for two years in the Sul Ross State University extension branch in Seminole, TX to certify teachers for guidance counselor and administrator positions. Upon retirement in 1993, Bill and Sally traveled widely, taking three cruises and numerous trips to Branson, Missouri, one of their favorite destinations. To be near grandchildren, Bill and Sally moved to Denton in December 2001. Bill made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ at age ten at Lueders Baptist Encampment. Bill and Sally were members of First Baptist Church Seminole for 45 years, where he taught Sunday School and served as a deacon. Bill has studied and taught the Bible for over 50 years, 17 years of which were at First Baptist Church Denton, TX where he taught the 55 and older Bible study class. One of Bill’s favorite Bible promises is 2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Crowley and wife Maxine, and his sister Jean and husband Gene Offield. In addition to his wife, Sally, Bill is survived by his daughter, Kendra Morgan Kennedy and her husband, William Kennedy and their children, Rick and his wife Lisa, Will and Claire. This Bible verse is their tribute to Billy J. Morgan: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.” 2 Timothy 4:7 A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, August 31, 2018 at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Focus on The Family (www.focusonthefamily.com) or Equest (www.equest.org). Online condolences may be made at www.mulkeybowlesmontgomery.com

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