George William Morgan III, 71, of Ripley, Ohio, passed away Sunday, February 7, 2016, at the Care Center at Kenton Pointe in Maysville.
George was born December 2, 1944, in Maysville to the late George W. Jr. and Nora Richmond Morgan.
He spent over 55 years in radio, working for WAGX for the last 10 years. George began his radio career at WFTM, Maysville, in 1959. He later went on to work for many local stations including WKKS, Vanceburg, WURD and WOAL, Ripley.
George was proud to boast that he started his radio career by stating his name as a five-year-old on a children’s radio show. He also wrote and recorded songs and hosted record hops in his teens and early 20s. George, a Kentucky Colonel, was presented the Dedication in Country Music award from songwriters Frank and Jim Moe and Fraternity Records, and in 1985 he was named Class A Market Gospel Music DJ of the Year by the Eddie Crook Co. in Nashville.
He served his country honorably in Vietnam with the US Army where he was a Specialist 4th Combat Engineer and received many awards including the Army Commendation Medal with two Bronze Stars.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Janet Sue Wallingford Morgan of Ripley; a son, Mark Weston Morgan of Ripley; a sister-in-law, Jean (Greg) Conley of Germantown; a brother, Jerry Wayne Morgan of Maysville; and his “God-granddaughter,” Megan Sharon Gill of Ripley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jim Morgan.
Services were at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at Brell and Son Funeral Home in Maysville with Rev. Clark Castle and Rev. James Rawlings officiating.
Burial, with military honors accorded by Maysville VFW Post 2734, was in Washington Baptist Cemetery.