Doris Jean Knight Morgan, 73, succumbed to her four-year battle with pancreatic cancer on Oct. 4, 2019, at her home surrounded by family.
Born Dec. 17, 1945, in Cleveland, Miss., Doris was the daughter of the late Preston Knight Sr. and Dorothy Mitchell Knight.
Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church.
Funeral services were to be held 11 a.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church with Brother Carl Southerland and Brother Paul Adams officiating. Burial was to follow in Burrus Chapel Cemetery at Keefe.
Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Around the age of 13, Doris and her family moved to Tennessee. This is where she met and married her late husband, John Robert “Corkey” Morgan. During their 34 years of marriage, Doris and Corkey raised three children who survive them: daughter, Greta Morgan Poyner (Jerry) of Hornbeak; and two sons, Corey Morgan (Shonda) of Tiptonville and Michael Morgan (Carol) of Ridgely.
Doris was known for saying “I have cancer, it does not have me.” She lived every day by her own words, “It may take my life, but it will not take my joy.”
She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Iuka in Iuka, Miss. She was actively attending Cottonwood Baptist Church and Calvary Independent Baptist Church in Ridgely.
Doris was a retired sewing machine operator from Crown Manufacturing. After retirement, she loved to watch cooking shows on TV and then head to the kitchen to put her own twist on the recipes. Many were blessed recipients of her time spent in the kitchen.
Anyone that knew Doris knew she loved to shop, loved a bargain and loved her Q.V.C. She had a sense of humor, was quick-witted and always had a saying for everything.
In addition to her children, Doris is survived by seven grandchildren, Jeremy Poyner (Christi) of Newbern, Brandon Poyner (Dana) of Troy, Auston Morgan of Tiptonville, Shawn Morgan of Collierville, Jacob Smith, Justin Morgan and Chloe Morgan, both of Ridgely; six great-grandchildren, Cadin Poyner, Allie Poyner, Austin Pitts (Taylor), Brett Pitts (Natalie), Jaxon Gregory and Nolan Gregory; five great-great-grandchildren, Georgia Pitts, Presley Pitts, Connor Pitts, David Pitts and Oakley Pitts; one brother, Preston “J.R.” Knight Jr. (Linda) of Hornbeak; one sister, Rita Knight Duncan (Farris) of Union City; two aunts, Hannah Henderson of Indianola, Miss., and Mary Hollings of Pontotoc, Miss.; one uncle, Jimmy Knight of Greenville, Miss.; a cousin she loved like a sister, Peggy Staggs Rodriquez of Tiptonville; two sisters-in-law, Laura Watts of Ridgely and Barbara York of Union City; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her companion of 20 years, Carroll Franklin “Sam” Houston; and one sister, Lavina Knight Brewer.
The family would like to give a special thank you to her beloved niece, Sandra Watts Garner, who helped with caregiving.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Watts, Charles Douglas, Jason Duncan, Trent Duncan, Mike Parker and Terry Runions.
Honorary pallbearers will be George Hall, W.C. Roberson, Eldon Tittle, Paul Bargery, Jessie Southerland and Charles Edward Dean.
Condolences may be left at www.dyersburgfuneralhome.net.