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William R. Morgan, Sr., 80, passed away September 12, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Morgan was a native of Port Orange, FL and was a fifth generation Volusia County pioneer. He was a former resident of Jacksonville, FL and had resided in Orange Park, FL since 1975. He served his Country in the U.S. Army during WW II serving with 82nd Airborne. Mr. Morgan retired from Kraft Foods having served 35 years. He was a member of Orange Park Presbyterian Church, was a 32nd degree Mason, and member of Scottish Rite Bodies and Morocco Temple Shrine. Survivors include two sons, William R. Morgan, Jr. (Nancy) of DeLeon Springs, FL and Steven T. Morgan (Ellen) of Interlachen, FL; daughter, Carol Ann Doan (Donald Jr.) of Jacksonville, FL; four brothers, Claude D. Morgan of Biloxi, MS, Carlisle Morgan of Flagler Beach, FL, Ray L. Morgan of South Daytona, FL, and Don E. Morgan of Astor, FL; two sisters, Daisy Luxton of Port Orange, FL and Joyce Keenan of Holly Hill, FL; step-children, Gary Maddox, Ron Maddox, Deborah Mosler, and Barbara Riffel; numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, September 17, 2001 at Orange Park Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dwight Bailey and Rev. John Muilenburg officiating. Private interment in Riverside Memorial Park at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Town & Country Funeral Home, 7242 Normandy Blvd.

(The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 16 Sep 2001)

(courtesy of Bill Morgan Jr.)

Grave marker for William R. Morgan in the Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery, Jacksonville (Duval county), Florida.

Bill's jump into Normandy went anything but the way he had hoped.  According to family members, he was injured because his parachute collapsed.  He said the plane put [the stick] over a nest of Germans and he pulled his shroud line too hard trying to get over to some trees for cover.  He broke both knees and his neck plus his Thompson tore into his gut doing a lot of damage. 

He was evacuated and treated for the injuries at Camp Finney.

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