James Battle “Jim” Morgan, 81, died peacefully in the morning of August 28, 2014 at the SECU Hospice House of Smithfield after a courageous battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jim was born January 15, 1933 in Cary to the late Raymond Battle and Mary Craddock Morgan and was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara Ann Heater Morgan on October 18, 2008. He was graduated from Cary High School in 1951 and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was an active member and former deacon of the First Baptist Church of Smithfield. He was a lifelong member of the Cary Masonic Lodge # 198, a member of the Smithfield Kiwanis Club for 56 years and was a former club president. Jim was also a member and past chairman of the Smithfield Merchants Association and a life-time member of the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce. He worked with Belk Hudson Company for 36 years, retiring in 1989 as the Manager of the Smithfield Belk Store.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the First Baptist Church of Smithfield with the Rev. Lee Colbert officiating. A burial service will follow at 5:00 p.m. in the Hillcrest Cemetery of Cary.
Surviving are his four children, Mary Ann Warren of Smithfield, James Battle Morgan, Jr. and wife Becket of Wilmington, Dorothy Bunch and husband Maurice of Edenton and Kathy Price of Smithfield; brother, Henry D. Morgan and wife Karen of Cary; ten grandchildren, Amanda W. Lee (Chuck) of Benson, Alison W. Arnn (Nathan) of Smithfield, Will Jordan (Chloe) of Plymouth, MA, Cara Jordan Saiyasak (Kevin) of Springfield, VA, Anna Bunch of Greenville, Mary Scott Bunch Anderson (Zach) of Barkersville, IN, Rob Bunch of Edenton, Landon Price of Greenville, Madison Price of Deep Run and Lee Jordan Pruitt (Blair) of Cary and four great grandchildren, Mary Charles Lee, Emma Kate Arnn, Anna Leighton Lee and Jordan Desa Saiyasak.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday in the fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church and at other times at the home.
Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to the SECU Hospice House, P. O. Box 1376, Smithfield, NC 27577 or Relay for Life of Johnston County, NC, 8300 Health Park Suite 10, Raleigh, NC 27615.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parrishfh.com.