James Vernon Morgan

December 25, 1957 - September 28, 2017
James Vernon Morgan


James Vernon Morgan, 59, son of Vernon Bright Morgan and Carolyn T. Bailey, passed to be with the Lord on September 27, 2017 in Wilmington, N.C. after a long illness.  Retired businessman, avid hunter and fisherman, he was born in Conway, S.C. and was a longtime resident of Wilmington, N.C.

He was a lifetime member of the NRA and member of the Buccaneer Gun Club, he was recognized by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for his work on preservation of wildlife resources.  He was published in multiple hunting and fishing magazines.

He is survived by his wife Emma Joy Morgan; stepchildren Shannon Hooks and Barry Spencer, Jr.; and sister Sara Margaret Morgan of Aberdeen, WA. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews, C. Conoley Blake, Timm Taylor Blake Jr., Elliott Blake, E. Benjamin Todd, Amanda C. Garcio, and Mary Ellen Todd and many cousins and friends.

Together with his parents he was predeceased by his brother Timm Taylor Blake.

In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to be dedicated to the NRA or the American Diabetes Association.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • September 30, 2017
    Kathy Hicks Sanford lit a candle:
    Lit since September 30, 2017 at 9:55:26 PM


  • October 03, 2017
    Gayle Morgan says:
    Dear Joy < Jim was and is soo very blessed to have found you in his last few months of his life.He loved you dearly ..Jim was a different type of person that many people loved. I hope you find peace that GOD needed him more. His picture on Facebook had my old, old car parked in the driveway behind his photo...Which was a great photo of him. I was trying to tell and explain something to you when you hung up on me about some insurance policy that he left to me.... Very sorry for trying to talk with you . As Kathy stated Jim is playing in the woods , hunting and fishing...Very sorry for your loss ...May GOD give you peace..

  • November 10, 2017
    Joy Morgan lit a candle:
    Lit since November 10, 2017 at 11:01:17 PM