Berrey Oscar Morgan, 95, died Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the home of his son, Michael Morgan, in Deatsville. He was born Feb. 8, 1918 in Pine Hill and worked in construction throughout his life, serving as project manager on many significant projects throughout the continental United States. That career was interrupted from 1943 until the end of World War II when Morgan served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Burke, a destroyer escort in the North Atlantic and one trip into the Mediterranean. At the end of the war in Europe, the Burke was re-outfitted to accommodate frogmen (the predecessors of the Navy Seals) and passed through the Panama Canal to join the war in the Pacific. In Tokyo Bay, the Burke was stationed near the Missouri and Berrey was able to witness the emperor’s surrender through binoculars. The last 32 years of his career were with Blount Inc., of Montgomery, building governmental projects at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Cape Canaveral, locks and dams on the Ohio and Ouachita Rivers, national defense projects in several states and a wide variety of other governmental, industrial and commercial projects across the nation.
He is survived by all six of his children and their spouses, Berrylynn (Dwayne) Freeby of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Joyce (Ray) Hultquist of Amaragosa, Nev., Dianne (Russ) Freeman of Hermitage, Tenn., Paul (Martha Lowrey) Morgan of Bowling Green, Ky., Marie (Roger) Spealman of Olympia, Wash. and Michael (Kay Hollan) Morgan of Deatsville; 14 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren; 10 greatgreat grandchildren; sister, Elsie Dudley of Montgomery and a multitude of nephews and nieces of various generations. Two of the nieces, Doris Smith of Panama City, Fla. and Dorothy Thornton of Mobile were raised as sisters following the death of their mother in 1941.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Betty Green Morgan; parents, Samuel Oscar and Philoma Berrey Morgan of Pine Hill; two brothers, Russell Ivan of Safford and Samuel Alfred of Pine Hill; two sisters, Mildred O’Rear of Clarksdale, Miss. and Inez Davis who died in 1941.
Active pallbearers will be John Green, Jim Green, Allen Morgan, Don Dudley, Bill Morgan and Bobby Rawlinson. Honorary pallbearer will be Daniel Johnson.
Visitation will be at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville Friday, March 22, 2013 from 12 noon until the 2 p.m. service time with Rev. Burton Herring officiating. Interment will follow in the Pine Hill Cemetery with O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directing.
Condolences may be offered at www.obryantchapelfh.com.