|Birth: ||Aug. 29, 1922|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 24, 1989|
New Hanover County
North Carolina, USA
Son of Shepherd Morgan & Etta Small Morgan of Rocky Mount, NC. My biological father. I had just begun to know him when he died from complications of stroke. The love of his life was Mariwin They had 3 children together.
Note: The following is by his brother Leon, just before what would have been Gale's 83rd birthday.
"He has been deceased since July of 1989 and is still very much in the hearts and minds of his children and his living siblings. I was by far the closest to him as sibling and cared about him deeply all my life and still do in keeping the record of his life here on computer.
Gale was the only one of us born terribly crippled as the 6th of nine children born to Shep & Etta from 1914 to 1932.
He was born with a "club foot" and had several serious operations by the time he was 1 & a half years old. But I can tell you for sure he was one of the scrappiest kids alive by the time 9 of us moved to Rocky Mount in a Model T Ford in December 1929!
Brothers Pete, Gale and I were almost constantly together as young mischievous but family supporting scavengers and explorers during the Great Depression years from about 1930 until 1936. The three of us wound up in a reformatory together for a year and a half, as delinquents, just outside Rocky Mount from December of 1936 to July 1938. Gale & I went back a second time together for one year from late 1938 to late 1939. When World War II broke out, Pete and I plus Carl and Hobart went to Norfolk, VA to enlist for the War effort. Brother Alan was too young then, but later became an Army Paratrooper to get wounded twice during the Korea and Viet Nam conflicts.
As a crippled, Gale was draft listed as 4F and could not get in the services, which absolutely crushed his self esteem since he was the most cunning and scrappiest of all of us and wanted so badly to go, and we all knew it!
Gale stayed home and continued to periodically get in trouble with the law throughout most of his life, while his brothers were greatly uplifted by getting into the services to find they all had exceptional capabilities, were each highly trained in different ways and all served with notable distinction. Gale had to proudly watch and somehow endure psychologically from 1941 thru 1950.
With high self esteem gained in the US Marines, I was just the right age and frame of mind to use the GI Bill to get a college education in physics and math to have an outstanding Career in the then fledgling Aerospace Industry, and felt like the luckiest one of nine while Gale and I shared many long letters and poetry and other creative writing activities from Mid 1946 until he died in 1989.
Gale more than kept pace with me in educating himself in literature and philosophy and creative writing, Gale published things often in the 50's, 60's and 70's and we closely shared our many excitements of continued rapid exploration in learning and writing.
In late 1954 I believe it must have been, Gale met a beautiful young lady named Marion Winfrey (Mariwin) Curtis. Gale and Mariwin were listed in the 1955 Rocky Mount, NC.
In 1955, Gale and Mariwin gave birth to Lee, who was horribly eye-crippled and not able to see with any clarity in his first few years of life. They gave birth to a second son Phillip 1956, and to an only daughter Caroline. Gale was back in trouble by the time Mariwin was 5 months pregnant w/ Caroline. Mariwin is unable to cope and abandons the children. The two boys were taken in by Shep & Etta, their grandparents, and 2 week old Caroline was raised by sister Evelyn who lived just down a dirt road from Shep and Etta.
Gale kept trying to raise his head, kept on reading and learning, and writing and he managed to become a printer and put together a small pamphlet of Poetry he named "tremblingly the pulse unanchored lies at auction", A Leaf And Gale Production, referring to me as Leaf (I used the poetic name of Leif in those days) - he told me about the pamphlet and wanted me to contribute so I sent him a number of things he could choose from. He did an outstanding job in composing and printing by hand this pamphlet enjoyed greatly by the whole family. It, along with many other things Gale did, inspired his Cripple-eyed son Lee to finish what he started by successfully hand publishing his own now fully marketed, highly successful, truly incredible book of poetry entitled "Matters of the Heart" wherein Lee documents many of these things much better than can be put into this short note.
I feel all the pride that Gale would now feel if he were still here and recommend the book and Caroline's Cafe for anyone wanting to read and eat good while learning first hand more about this remarkable family."
Siblings are: Shepard Alan Morgan , Carl Andrew Morgan , Evelyn M. King , Hobart S. Morgan , Pete Morgan ,Peggy M. Finlay, Martha M Bruffey , L. Frank Morgan,
Shepherd Hinson Morgan (1890 - 1971)
Mantha Etta Small Morgan (1895 - 1967)
Rocky Mount Memorial Park
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Dec 29, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7041323