|Birth: ||Mar. 5, 1921|
|Death: ||Sep. 17, 2002|
Gillis Lee Morgan, Sr., 81, Lenoir City, went home to be with Jesus Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, after a long battle with heart trouble. Gillis was born March 5, 1921, in Coalfield to William (Bill) and Maggie Hacker Morgan
He was a combat veteran serving in the Army in the South Pacific in WWII. On Dec. 21, 1944, he almost lost his life when a Japanese kamikaze plane hit the LST 460 ship he was fighting on.
He was a born again Christian and a former member of the Church of God in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gillis was baptized in the Ohio River in 1960, was an active member in his church where he drove the church bus and he and his wife conducted evening children's church.
Gillis retired from Industrial Personnel in Hamilton, Ohio, with 30 years service in the Teamster Union and is a member of the Teamster Retiree Club Local 100 in Cincinnati. He moved to Lenoir City after having his first heart attack in 1984. He was a member of Midtown Church of God in Roane County.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; three brothers; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Milas and Mary Ray of Oneida.
He is survived by his wife Margery Ray Morgan, whom he married on Easter Sunday, April 25, 1943; children Karen Papania and husband Joe of Cincinnati, Ohio, Gillis Morgan, Jr. and wife Joy Amos Morgan of Lenoir City, and Judy Mattus and husband John of Vancouver, Wash,; grandchildren Joe Papania and wife Martha of Cincinnati, Krista Papania of Dallas, Texas, and Billy Lambert of Vancouver; great-grandchild Christopher Papania of Cincinnati; sister Ruth Huckeby and husband John of Vermilion, Ohio; special great-niece Mendy Cates of Rockwood; several other nieces and nephews; and special Army buddy William Grover of Marietta, Ga.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Robert Martyn of Knoxville, Dr. Ramani Reddy of Lenoir City and Covenant Home Health Care for all they did for Gillis. It is deeply appreciated.
The family received friends Friday from 6 to 7:45 p.m. with funeral services following at 8 p.m. in the Click Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Taylor officiating. Graveside services were Saturday at 11 a.m. in Hazel Valley Cemetery in Oneida.
Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City, was in charge of the arrangements.
William Eli Morgan (1886 - 1976)
Maggie Morgan (1891 - 1933)
Margery Helen Ray Morgan (1927 - 2009)*
G. C. (Dog) Morgan*
Punkin (Cat) Morgan (1993 - 2007)*
Elmer M Morgan (1911 - 1972)*
Virginia Mae Morgan (1916 - 1919)*
Harvey E Morgan (1918 - 1981)*
Gillis Lee Morgan (1921 - 2002)
Billy Morgan (1924 - 1983)*
Married April 25, 1943
Note: Punkin Morgan was Gillis' beloved cat and G. C. was his dog (for a short time)
Hazel Valley Memorial Cemetery
Maintained by: JAMorgan
Originally Created by: Jan Miller
Record added: Feb 05, 2008
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