|Transcribed by a volunteer
Burnet’s Most Useful Citizen Called By Death
Morgan Morgans, Christian minister and evangelist died at his home in
Burnet on Monday, September 15th, 1930, following an illness of several
months duration. The funeral service was held at the Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Williams of Lampasas officiating, assisted by
Rev. Arthur Jones of Llano. Burial was in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. The
pallbearers were Scott Edman, Herbert Norris, John Olney, L. Debo,
Herman Schnabel and Frank Atkinson. The flower girls were: Margaret
Fisher, Mae Chamberlain, Mae Fan Clements and Silbyl Cotton. Bro.
Morgans’ bible, that his father gave him when he entered the ministry,
and his hymn book were buried with him at his request.
Jones in his comments concerning the life of deceased, delivered one of
the most eloquent and beautiful funeral orations ever heard at this
place. He stated that forty years ago, in a protracted meeting being
held by Bro. Morgans in Arkansas, he was converted to the Christian
religion, and no doubt had known deceased during a greater number of
years than any one present outside of the family. This writer shall not
attempt to reproduce the many beautiful statements made by Mr. Jones
concerning the life and character of Bro. Morgans. He had been in the
ministry for almost sixty years, and in his prime was one of the most
powerful and convincing evangelists this country has ever produced. His
revivals were held in every state in the union, and his converts ran
into multiplied thousands. He was a man of wide travel, which carried
him into the Holy Land, and his lectures upon same were highly
instructive and interesting.
Bro. Morgans was born in Indiana in 1851, and was almost 80 years of age at the time of his death.
Morgans moved to Burnet many years ago and has held pastorates in a
number of places in his section. He was the most widely known minister
of the Gospel in this part of Texas and was a friend to every man,
woman and child, saint or sinner, with whom he came in contact.
Patriarchial [Patriarchal] and kingly in bearing and appearance,
learned as few men are, accustomed to mingling with those of the
highest intellect in the land, nevertheless his thousands of warmest
and most devoted friends were people like we have in Barnet and
adjoining counties. Friends from almost every community and town in
this section of Texas were present at his funeral service, and strong
men wept and shook with emotion when his casket was opened and they
were given an opportunity to view his earthly remains for the last
time. The writer has been a very warm personal friend of Bro. Morgans
for many years. There are other good men in this county and town in
whom the people have confidence and esteem highly, but we believe that
Bro Morgans is the only man we are able to recall that never a word of
complaint or criticism was uttered against. Before his health failed,
his services were sought and he always assisted in every worthy object
for the betterment of humanity that came before the people of this
community. His every day life was a benediction to all with whom he
came in contact, and his memory will linger long in the hearts of the
people of Burnet County.
Bro. Morgans is survived by his wife
and the following children: E. L. Morgans, Burnet, Texas; E. L. Adams,
Hollister, California; Mrs. Eva Carey, Portland, Oregon; Mrs. S. C.
Duncan, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mrs. C. A. Scott, Topeka, Kansas; Mrs.
F. M. Ellington, Winner, South Dakota. They have the deepest sympathy
of every one who knew and honored their loved one.
Truly a great and good man has gone to his reward.