Morgan, Rufus Samuel (Pikeville)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rufus Samuel Morgan, 92, of Pikeville, TN, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013. 

He was born March 15, 1920 in a house on Main Street in Chattanooga, TN to Edward and Anna Wall Morgan, He learned to hunt and fish in childhood, and loved being on his own in nature. He had a deep affinity for wild animals, and made pets of owls and a raccoon. Rufus graduated from Central High School in 1938, and afterwards did carpentry work, then followed his father into bookkeeping at US Pipe and Foundry for a time. In 1942 he joined the Army, trained in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and went into the Army Air Corps. He served with the 23rd and then the 8th Photo Reconnaissance Squadrons in Great Britain, North Africa, Corsica, Italy and France. In the Atlas Mountains he was trained to use the Segaba decoder, the machine which broke the Nazi Enigma cipher, and directly aided in the success of the Normandy Invasion. After the war, he went to college on the GI Bill, graduated from the University of Chattanooga, and then the UT Medical Unit in Memphis, where he was third in his class. Rufus met Elizabeth Ann Boyett on a blind date, and they married four months later in 1947. They had two daughters, Connie and Julie. After his residency at Baroness Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, the family moved to Pikeville, TN., in the Sequatchie Valley, where he practiced general medicine at the Pikeville Clinic for over 25 years, and made daily house calls throughout Bledsoe County. Dr. Morgan, as he was well known in Pikeville, served three terms as mayor of Pikeville during the early 60's, where he brought in a shirt factory that provided many jobs, and also the town's first modern sewer system. In the late 70's, he and Elizabeth moved to Signal Mountain, although he often visited his Beatty Cove farm in the valley. Until his retirement in the 90's, he was an emergency room physician at Memorial Hospital. He also frequently volunteered at Lone Oak Clinic on Signal Mountain until a few years before his death. During WWII, he took art lessons from a lady in Florence, Italy, and during his working years he painted from time to time. After his retirement he worked in his studio full-time, painting landscapes of his beloved Sequatchie Valley, producing an enormous body of work. He also wrote many articles about hunting, fishing, and nature for Tennessee Magazine and other publications. He went on to have successful one-man shows at Perfect Light Gallery in Pikeville, and the Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN. His paintings are in collections all over the United States, in China, and Japan. Later this year, a final show will be held to benefit the Mountain Education Foundation, to fund art education in Signal Mountain Schools. In his lifetime he bravely fought 4 different cancers, with numerous recurrences, over an almost fifty year period. 

He was precededed in death by his parents; wife, Elizabeth; a brother, Edward (“Buddy”); two sisters, Martha Kintzing and Frances Gordon; and a nephew, Morgan Mossman. 

Survivors include two daughters, Connie (David) Haun of Kingston Springs, TN and Julia (Ken) Scott of Chattanooga; four grandchildren, Andrew Haun (Jing Ping Xu) of Boston, MA, Maggie Allen (Michael) of Madison, AL, Alexander Scott of Chattanooga and Stephanie Ferguson (Douglas) of Kenai, AK; four great-grandchildren, Wren Allen, Matthew, Ian, and Phoebe Ferguson; sister, Emily Mossman of Santa Clara, CA; and nieces, grandnieces, and grandnephews. 

The family would like to give special thanks to his dear friends from Pikeville, including Earl Knight, Pete Wooten, Melba Hargis, Gene Hixson, and others, and the dedicated staff at Valley View Assisted Living and NHC Sequatchie Health Care. 

A memorial service will be held at Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville on Saturday, February 9, at 1 p.m. CST with a 2-hour visitation beginning at 11 a.m. CST prior to the service. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Arrangements are by the Pikeville Funeral Home.


Wallace, Teresa Ann Vincent (Evensville)

Teresa Ann Vincent Wallace, 50, of Evensville, Tn., unexpectedly died early Friday morning, September 19, 2014. She was of the Church of God faith. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joani Wallace; maternal grandparents, Clifford and Elberta Jones; paternal grandparents, Clifford and Milittia Vincent; and grandson, Timothy Edward Runyan. She is survived by her ... (click for more)

Steele, William Henry "Buddy" (South Pittsburg)

William Henry “Buddy” Steele, 80, of South Pittsburg, Tennessee died on Friday, September 19, 2014 after an extended illness. “Buddy” or “Buckjack” as he was often called, was the son of the late William Clarence and Mable Mae Wilson Steele.  He worked at the U.S. Stove Foundry for over 20 years and retired from Moss Motor Company after many years of service. He was ... (click for more)

Robert Charles Elliott

Lt. Col. Robert Charles Elliott, 90, of Chattanooga, died on Monday, September 22, 2014 in a local hospital.     He was born Jan. 14, 1924 in Eldora, Ia. to the late Floyd and Anna Elliott.   He served in three wars during his 30 years of active duty in the United State Air Force and 40 years of active retirement. Survivors include his wife of ... (click for more)

Clarence A. Clifton

Clarence A. Clifton, 83, of Lookout Valley, died on Monday, September 22, 2014. Mr. Clifton was born in DeKalb County, Al.   He was a member of Lookout Valley Church of the Nazarene where he served as a longtime teacher of the Adult   Sunday   School Class.   He retired from Combustion Engineering and Brach Candy Company as an electrician, was an ... (click for more)

Youth Pleads Guilty In 2011 Club Fathom Shootings; Rakestraw Gets 3 Years In Prison

A teen who was 15 at the time nine people were shot outside Club Fathom downtown on Christmas Eve 2011 pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday. Brandon Lebron Rakestraw, who is now 18, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. He received a three-year prison term to serve. Rakestraw has been in jail for 10 months. Prosecutor Jason Demastus ... (click for more)

Erlanger Finishes Fiscal Year With $18 Million Profit

After a major loss the year before, Erlanger Health System finished the fiscal year with an $18 million profit, officials announced Monday night. It was well ahead of the $2 million gain that Erlanger had budgeted for, and far better than last year's $8 million loss. The profit was boosted by a first-time $19,587,000 from a Public Hospital Supplemental payment and essential ... (click for more)