FAIRMONT — Jay Morgan, 74, a local business owner, of Fairmont, passed away on Thursday (Aug. 19, 2010) at his home.He was born in Fairmont on March 10, 1936, a son of the late Bert McCue “Cue” Morgan and Rose May Cool Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Delia “Dee” (Anderson) Morgan, who passed away on Sept. 27, 2000.
Mr. Morgan had worked in the auto business since 1964. He was the owner of Morgan Auto Parts – NAPA Stores. He and his family operated stores throughout West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Prior to that, he owned and operated the Ashland gas station on Speedway in Fairmont for two years.
He was one of the founders of Monongahela Valley Bank. He also owned the Parkersburg Livestock Market and the Liberty Truck Stop in Parkersburg. Jay also was owner of CAM Concepts Machine Shop of Fairmont.
Jay graduated from East Fairmont High School in 1954. He proudly served his country with the United States Navy and was a member of Fairmont American Legion Post No. 17.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge Acacia No. 157. He often spent his winters in Florida and was fond of fishing, boating and hunting. He also liked working on his farm and he enjoyed his many business interests. His real passion was his family. He adored his late wife Dee, his children and his wonderful grandchildren.
Survivors include his children and their spouses: Marty and Kellie Morgan of Fairmont, Cindy and Bryan Woodward of Bridgeport; five very special grandchildren, Lauren Morgan, Hunter Morgan and Skyler Morgan of Fairmont, Jay Woodward and Woody Woodward of Bridgeport; a sister, Mary Lou Bengston of Atlanta; two brothers-in-law, Elmer Anderson and his wife Erma of Kentucky and Berley Anderson and his wife Virginia also of Kentucky; two sisters-in-law, Helen Morgan of Fairmont and Freda Morgan of Weirton; and numerous wonderful nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Jay was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl Morgan, Eugene Morgan and Edward Morgan; and a sister, Clara Sue Browning.
Friends and family may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont from 6-9 p.m. today, from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, and from 10-11 a.m. Monday.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Randy Vincent officiating. Entombment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the Marion County Veterans Council Military Honor Guard. Masonic graveside services have been requested.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the East Fairmont High School Foundation, Jay Morgan Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2189, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Online condolences may be sent to the Morgan family at www.carpenterandford.com.