James K. (Kenny) Morgan died November 20, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Born June 10, 1946 in Jackson, Louisiana, Kenny spent most of his life in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. He lived in College Station, Texas for the last five years. He is survived by his wife Sally and their two children Kenneth aged 15, and Amelia aged 12, both of College Station, Texas, as well as Kenny’s daughter Vicki Morgan and brother, Wade Morgan, both of Jackson, Louisiana, sister Mary Jenkins of Central, Louisiana, brother Van Morgan of Clinton, Louisiana, and brother Norman Morgan of Jackson, Louisiana. He is preceded in death by both parents; Reeves Morgan and Nannie T. Morgan, and two older brothers, Charles and Eugene Morgan.
After graduating from High School in 1964 and attending college, Kenny was enlisted in the United States Army where he served an extended tour of duty in Vietnam during 1969-70. He was attached to a Special Troops unit where his Top Secret Cryptographic duties included gathering and dispersing information from the field concerning enemy activities. He received several unit and individual citations including The Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. During his tour of duty, Kenny spent much of his ‘down time’ working as a volunteer at local U.S. sponsored orphanages in and around Saigon.
Following his stint in the army, Kenny utilized the GI bill to complete his education, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in 1973 and majoring in Biology with minors in teaching and chemistry. Thus began what was to be a 35 year teaching and coaching career that spanned 3 states; Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. In 1990 he received The Gold Coaching Award for his high school basketball teams having achieved more than 500 victories. During his career, he was voted Coach of the Year 8 times and Teacher of the Year 3 times. During his early years of teaching, he spent his summers working with government employment agencies hiring underprivileged youth for summer jobs. He also worked summers as a volunteer baseball coach for both Babe Ruth and Little League programs. He was also very proud to have coached his son Kenneth’s baseball team for several seasons.
Kenny’s love of the outdoors led him to patent a special kind of turkey caller in 1973. He also authored and published a book on the subject of turkey hunting in 1985, “A One Man Game”; a writing that remains a favorite among turkey hunters today. He has penned another book, recently published, entitled, “America, Wild Turkeys, and Mongrel Dogs”. This work is about the relevance of hunting wild turkeys as it relates to our dwindling community life in the society of today.
Kenny’s favorite quip was always, “I have been involved with several thousand young men and women and with many of their families. They have influenced me greatly; what a privilege it has been.”
A memorial service and visitation will be held at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home at 3001 S. College Ave in Bryan (one block north of Villa Maria) on Tuesday, November 22 from 5 – 7 p.m. Funeral services are pending in Jackson, Louisiana.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the College Station Little League, P.O. Box 9041, College Station, TX 77842 made out to “CSLL – Kenny Morgan Scholarship Fund.”