Mrs. Katie Youngblood Morgan of Hot Springs, Arkansas was born on Tuesday, February 3, 1920 in Waynesboro, Tennessee, the daughter of the late James William Youngblood and Lina Shull Youngblood Beckham. She eloped with her handsome boyfriend, James Hobert Morgan, on Thursday, December 22, 1938. They were blessed with three children, James William, Linda Kay, and Carylon Jane. After farming in Tennessee for several years, they moved to Mishawaka, IN where jobs were available. There, Katie worked for the Lee Jean Company and found her real fulfillment in life at the Twin City Baptist Church. She and her James served in the youth department for about 25 years where she challenged the teens to give their lives to the Lord. As she always said, “God can do more with your life than you can.” Today there are many of these “teens” serving and scattered around the world. They always made sure to have an open home with warm reception for people. Katie and Jim returned to retire in Tennessee about 30 years ago. They loved the Houston Baptist Church and reaching out to people who needed to find the peace she had found in the Lord Jesus. For the last three years, she has lived in Hot Springs, AR in an assisted living home.
Mrs. Morgan departed this life on Monday, February 17, 2020 at Quapaw Care and Rehabilitation in Hot Springs, AR at the age of 100 Years and 14 Days. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Sewell and Carylon Liles, husband, Kenneth all of Springfield, MO as well as 13 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her sister-in-law, Doris Wilson. In addition to her parents and her husband of 65 years, James, Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her son, James Wm and her two grandsons, James William Morgan, II and Brian James Sewell.
Services were conducted on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:00 am at Houston Baptist Church with Rev. Darryl Jones, Carrie Liles, Rev. Steve Doss and Dr. Ken Liles officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors, Wayne County assisted the family. Pallbearers were Dietrich Morgan, Gary Dean Morgan, Tony Thomas, Austin Thomas, Brandon Morgan and Eric Day. Honorary pallbearers were Shelly Stogner, David Liles and Jonathan Liles. A special thank you to the Arkansas Morgan Family who loved and assisted in many ways there.