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Billy Ray "Ray" Morgan

December 25, 1935 ~ November 9, 2022 (age 86)


Billy Ray “Ray” Morgan passed from this life into life eternal with his Lord on November 09, 2022. Ray was born to Charles Ray and Felicia Early Morgan on December 25, 1935 at their residence in Hico, Texas. No services are scheduled at this time. 

Ray, also known as B.R.; Billy Ray; Cool Ray; Coach, Mr. Morgan; Dr. Morgan, Lived a very full life. As a west Texas teen working summers in the oil fields of the Permian Basin, to high school days of winning state football championships and running around with the likes of Roy Orbison. Following high school, he attended and earned a football scholarship at Texas Western College (UTEP). The miners achieved much success and Rays good friend and teammate Don Maynard went on to become a Hall of Fame NFL wide receiver.

Ray went directly from college graduation in 1958 into high school coaching and teaching. His coaching career spanned the next 20 years beginning in White Deer, Texas and followed by career moves to: Monahans, Wink, Colorado City, Eldorado, Fort Worth at Arlington Heights High School, Marafa, and Roswell, New Mexico at New Mexico Military Institute. As an educator Ray Taught biology and always strived to make his subject interesting.

His Bachelor of Science was achieved from Texas Western. He continued pursuing higher education throughout his life. A received a Master’s in education from TCU; Administration certification from Sul Ross University and his PhD in Education Finance from The University of Arkansas.

Ray moved the family to Seagraves, Texas in the summer of 1974 where he had accepted his first administrative job as High School Principle. From 1974 to 1982 Ray was known as “Mr. Morgan” or “The Man”. Under his leadership, along with that of the other administrators, teacher and school board; Seagraves I.S.D. enjoyed what many from that era would refer to as, “the Golden Years” for the school and community.

From Seagraves, Ray moved on upward into the Superintendent role for Shamrock, Texas, Galena Park, Texas, Waldron, Arkansas and Lead Hill Arkansas.

Ray was an avid golfer, bird hunter and Master Gardener.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Jo Baker of Houston; Brother, James Robert Morgan of Dallas; two sons, Charlie Morgan and spouse Shannon and Davis Morgan and spouse Trina; Grandchildren, Kinzie Morgan Mallott, Jarod Morgan, Tyler Morgan, Hailey Ketchersid and Trent Morgan and eight great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to either St. Jude’s Hospital or Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch.

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