Obituaries for 10/20

October 19, 2000

Obituaries for 10/20

D. Lee Morgan

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - D. Lee Morgan, 72, of Shepherdstown, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Shenandoah Health Village Center in Charles Town, W.Va.

Born May 14, 1928, in Duffields, W.Va., he was the son of the late Edward D. and Emma Lee Louthan Morgan.

He was a 1946 graduate of Shepherdstown High School. He attended Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, W.Va. night classes.

He taught at West Virginia University Fire School; and the University of Maryland. He was one of three people responsible for organizing state-wide fire training.


He worked in the sales department of Ricketts Construction Co. in Winchester, Va.

He was president and owner of D. Lee Morgan Construction Company, Inc.

He joined the Shepherdstown Fire Department in 1949; and was elected fire chief in 1958.

He was a member of New Street United Methodist Church of Shepherdstown, serving in many capacities.

He was elected Trustee for the Fire Department; and was responsible for the first EMT Class in West Virginia, being issued the first EMT card. He was one of three fire chiefs in Jefferson County who organized the Jefferson County Communications System. He also was a member and past president of Jefferson County Fire and Rescue Association.

He chaired the committee which formed the Fire Science Program at Shepherd College, which later became an Associate Degree Program. He received the President's Medal Award from Shepherd College in 1991. He was the vice-chairman of the Board of Advisors at Shepherd College.

He was a member and past president of Star Building Manufacturing Company Advisory Council; a member of the Chamber of Commerce; and a past member of West Virginia State Chamber of Commerce.

He was a past member of Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee; a member of Education Committee under the governor's Partnership for Progress; Governor Cecil Underwood's "Year of the Child" Summit Meetings; a newly appointed member of Jefferson County Property Safety Enforcement Agency; and a member of Jefferson County Health Department.

He was a member and first president of Shepherdstown Rotary; named Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary; a past board member of Hagerstown Goodwill Industries Inc.; and a former member of the board of advisors of Goodwill Industries Inc.

He was a member and past leader of 4-H; awarded the All Star Pin; past two-term Chief of the West Virginia All-Stars; and assisted with organizing All Stars in Mississippi and Rhode Island.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason; a member and past master of Mount Nebo Lodge; and a member of the Shriners.

He was a member of Friends of the Center National Conservation Training Center of U.S. Fish and Wildlife; and a past member of Farm Bureau.

He was a past member of Jefferson County Planning Committee; and worked with the Economic Development Authority and various business leaders to bring new businesses to the area. He was responsible for obtaining a building from Maytag Corporation for the Boys' and Girls' Club of Charles Town.

He was chosen Outstanding Young Farmer in Jefferson County in 1955; Outstanding Young Farmer in West Virginia by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1956; awarded Jefferson County Citizen of the Year in 1982; given the Certificate of Appreciation for assistance to Maryland State Police for actions exemplifying the highest standards of the police profession; presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the U.S. Department of Justice for his role in Crime Summit at Shepherd College; and recognized by The Congressional Fire Services Institute for years of service.

He was a member of Jefferson County Cotillion Club; Elmwood Cemetery Association of Shepherdstown; served on School Improvement Council at the T.A. Lowery Elementary School in Bardane, W.Va.; and served on the Millennium Committee for the Jefferson County Board of Education.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann White Morgan, whom he married June 10, 1953; a daughter, Holly Morgan Frye of Shepherdstown; two sons, D.L. Morgan, Francis Morgan and Ross Morgan, all of Shepherdstown; a brother, W. Edward Morgan of Charles Town; eight grandchildren; and a niece.

Services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at New Street United Methodist Church in Shepherdstown. The Revs. Dee-Ann Dixon, Jack Weise and James Embry will officiate. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Shepherdstown.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town.

Memorial donations may be made to D. Lee Morgan Endowment Fund, c/o Shepherdstown Fire Co., P.O. Box F, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

Richard W. Ford

BOONSBORO - Richard Wayne "Rick" Ford, 47, of 109 Maple Ave., died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at his home.

Born April 22, 1953, in Hagerstown, he was a son of Catherine Virginia Shifler Ford of Boonsboro and the late Paul Bryan Ford Jr.

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