Hon. J. Marlin Morgan



Plantersville-John Marlin Morgan, surrounded by his family, left this world Friday, February 10, 2017, bringing a conclusion to a long, colorful and abundant life. Marlin was born in Lee County on March 4, 1917. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Agriculture, and served as a Naval Pilot before enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving his country up until the end of World War II.

In 1943, he married Halove Lindley Morgan of Brewer on May 8, 1943. They were married 74 years and had four children: Martha Jean Morgan Shipp, Frederick Marlin Morgan, Janice Halove Morgan Medlin, and Harry Lindley Morgan.

Following military service, he worked in Washington, D.C. for the United States Census Bureau and then moved to Long Island, New York, to work as an entomologist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). He and his staff researched nematodes in all 48 states. In 1951, he returned home to Plantersville to join his father, Fred, in farming the Morgan family land until his father passed away. He continued that legacy for many decades with his son, and his family still owns the land. He also founded Quality Discount Foods, a premier grocery store with two locations in Plantersville and Shannon.

He served as an alderman and mayor of Plantersville for 16 years. As mayor, he worked tirelessly to serve the citizens of Plantersville. Under his leadership, the community’s water system was improved, streets were paved, lighted and named, fireplugs were installed within five hundred feet from any structure, cable television was brought to the community and a new town hall and fire station were built. These improvements were made while the town was able to maintain the lowest tax rate of any municipality in the county. He was also able to obtain numerous government grants and was responsible for Trustmark Bank opening a branch in Plantersville.

Marlin was an encourager and supporter of worthy causes, serving as Chairman of the Lee County Council of Governments, and board member of Tombigbee Electric Power Association. He was also a member of Community Development Foundation (CDF). Marlin strongly believed in maintaining good health and was a faithful member of the Tupelo Wellness Center, and appreciated the advice and care of his longtime doctor and friend, Dr. Ken Harvey, for decades. He also greatly valued his friendships and was a longtime member of The Coffee Club, where he enjoyed exchanging wit and wisdom with his friends there for many years.

His faith was a foundation of his life, and he was a member of First Baptist Church of Plantersville for 85 years and was the oldest member at his death.

Services celebrating and honoring his life will be at 4 p.m. Today (Sun.2/12/17) at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Brother Danny Balint officiating. His good friends, Steve Holland and C.L. “Charlie” Bucy and his longtime caregiver, Darrell Gates, will deliver personal reflections. A private burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-service time today at Holland Funeral Directors. Pallbearers will include his nephews, Roy Harris, Jr. and Ronnie Harris; his grandsons, Dr. Phillip Shipp, Carey Morgan, and Eric Morgan; and his caregiver, Darrell Gates. Honorary pallbearers are C. L. “Charlie” Bucy, Lawrence Estes, Jimmy Horton, Herman Hussey, J. C. Kelly, Bob Lemmons, Jerry McKee, and Joe Thompson.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Gladys Whitehead Morgan and his son, Frederick Marlin Morgan. Survivors include his wife, Halove Lindley Morgan; his sister, Reed Morgan Harris; his four children: Martha Jean Morgan Shipp (Phillip), Jan Morgan Medlin (Johnny), Harry Lindley Morgan (Rhonda); daughter-in-law Debby Bishop Morgan Garrison (Jim); grandchildren: Dr. Phillip Shipp (Mary Kim), Mary Morgan Shipp Bryan (Joel), Susan Shipp Upshaw (Shane), Carey Morgan, Eric Morgan, Elizabeth Medlin, Whitney Morgan Stults (Scotty), and Emiley Morgan, and thirteen great-granchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 284 Old Planters Rd, Plantersville, MS. 38862. Expressions of sympathy may be left at hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. The service may be viewed via www.hollandfuneraldirectors.com/Livestreaming