Mrs. Maggie Grant Morgan

Published 5:14 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mrs. Maggie Grant Morgan, 98, of Lanett, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

Mrs. Morgan was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Grant of LaFayette where she was born and raised. She joined Antioch Baptist Church in LaFayette at a very young age and remained a member until her death.

She graduated from Chambers County Training High School and attended Alabama State University, where she met and was engaged to marry a Tuskegee Airman before deciding to marry her hometown boyfriend, Luther B. Morgan, Sr., who was an enlisted soldier.

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Mrs. Morgan and her husband had five children from their union. After Mrs. Morgan and her husband divorced, she went back to Alabama State to complete her studies to earn a degree in elementary education. While at Alabama State University, Mrs. Morgan participated in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, where she met the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after attending his worship service at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church.

When she graduated from Alabama State in 1956, Mrs. Morgan obtained a teaching position at Drew Junior High School in Shawmut where she taught until the schools in Alabama were forced to integrate in 1966, thereby becoming one of the first black teachers to integrate the schools in Chambers County.

Mrs. Morgan was transferred to Huguley Elementary School several years before a tornado destroyed Drew Junior High School in 1970. She was the last living teacher from the old junior high school before moving to Drew Junior High School in 1957.

She retired as a teacher from the Chambers County School System after 31 years of dedicated service to the students of that county and enjoyed a glorious and peaceful 32 years of retirement.

Mrs. Morgan leaves to continue her legacy: sons, Wendell (Julia) Morgan of Newnan, Georgia, Kenneth (Margaret) Morgan of Ocean, New Jersey, and Marty Morgan of Tuskegee; grandchildren, CaTonya Taylor, Crystal Dollard, Tamicia Currie, Demetrice Morgan, Kimberly Morgan, Alexander Morgan, Marjani Morgan-Hines, Tara Humphery, and Margarita Culp; one sister, Thelma Hughley of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and numerous extended family members and friends.

Mrs. Morgan was predeceased by her beloved children, Luther B. Morgan, Jr., and Varion Yvette Morgan Ascardi; grandson, Adrian Morgan; and sisters, Novella Vines, Zola Johnson, Hattie Sanford, and Mable Dibbins.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mrs. Morgan will be held on Friday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church with the Dr. Lamar Johnson, Pastor, Officiant, the Rev. Walter Hall, Eulogist and the Rev. Terrilyn D. Lemons, assisting. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Mt. Hermon  Baptist Church on Friday, one hour prior to the service.

To express online condolences, visit our website at www.mwleemortuary.com

Arrangements entrusted to M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point, Georgia.