September 20, 1932 ~ February 9, 2008

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Leicester, NC

ARLENE S. MORGAN Judith Arlene Shook Morgan, 75, of 87 Morgan Branch Road, Leicester, died Saturday, February 9, 2008, at the John F. Keever Hospice Solace Center. Mrs. Morgan was a native of Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Wiley B. and Vergie Sluder Shook. She was a 1950 graduate of Leicester High School where the excelled in sports and was named "Most Athletic" member of the 1949 girls' championship basketball team. She was also a graduate of Blanton's Business College and was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church. She was a former employee of Schley & Williamson Insurance Agency and of Newman Wholesale Co. She served as a bus driver for the Buncombe County School System for 30 years. Mrs. Morgan was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Don E. Morgan; one son, Neal Morgan and his wife, Ava, of Leicester; two grandsons, Eli Morgan and Nathanael Morgan; one sister, Clara "Marie" S. McIntyre and her husband, Hugh; and two brothers, Beryl Shook and his wife, Maureen, of Advance and Carroll Shook and his wife, Mary Lou, of Leicester. Funeral services will be at 2:00p.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. William E. Zopp officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue where Mrs. Morgan hill remain until being placed in the church 30 minutes prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Newfoud Road, Leicester, NC 28748.

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  1. Dear Don,Neal,Ava&Boys,
    Webb and I were deeply sadden to hear of Arlene’s passing. She was a great lady with superhuman strength. We always admired how she was able to do Mother and wife chores and also worked in the fields, driving tractors and being a great helpmate for Don. We will miss seeing her go up and down the road on Morgan Branch. Our love and prayers are with you all.
    Webb and Melinda

  2. Don,Neal,Ava,Eli,& Nathaneal: Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We love you all so much and we are sorry for your loss. Arlene was a special, wonderful and strong woman. God bless your family during this special time.

  3. My many memories of Arlene are so special to me. She was a true friend and I will never forget her or the many wonderful times we had with Arlene and her family. She was a special person who always put everyone else ahead of herself and her needs.
    My heart goes out to Don, Neal, Ava and the boys and of course all the many lives she touched with her kindness.

  4. Arlene was such a special person to me, she just can never be replaced in my memories. I have so many fond memories of her and her family that there is not enough space to convey. Our trips to disney world and Pennsylvania were priceless. Her laugh that was so infectious but especially her kind heart that always had a place for you. Working side by side with Arlene in the fields or the barn was the happiest time of my life. I told Arlene that I was going to teach her and Don how to play but she taught me how to work and love it. She will truly be missed and my deepest sympathy goes out to her family.

  5. Don, Neil,Ava and grandsons,
    God Bless you as Arlene leaves you to go to Heaven. I know that she is well again. It will be hard, but God will sustain you. I’ll always remember as a little girl how she worked so hard. I’d always see her out on the tractor in the fields. She was a nice person who always had a smile and a Hello. You have our Sympathy and our prayers.
    Donnie and Freda (Duckett) Nodine

  6. Gail & I will miss Arlene so much. It was an honor to Know her. I will miss the history lessons she gave us so very much. Arlene invented the word nice. We fell in love with her the first time we met Arlene only a few years ago but she made us feel like we knew her for a lifetime. Our heart goes out to Don and the rest of the family. Arlene when I close my eyes I can see you running in the wind. Gail and I will see you again on the other side when we will all be so happy.

  7. Don, Neal, Ava Eli & Nathaneal: Our heartfelt prayers and good wishes go out to your family during this time of loss. Arlene was more than special, she was a loving caregiver to so many people throughout the years. I can honestly say I have never seen a more special, strong and hard working individual than Arlene. She meant the world to my mother and the world to our family. We love all of you.

  8. Dear Don and Neal,

    I am so sorry to learn of Arlene’s death. I know Mama always treasured Arlene as a friend, her best friend. I have many great memories of the times I visited with you. I remember feeding calves and watching you both milk. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.


  9. Don, Neal, Ava, Eli and Nathaniel,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Let the memories provide you comfort in the difficult days ahead. Arlene is with our Lord and Savior and one day soon you will see her again. Our prayers are with you all.
    Shannon, Lora, Pressley and Andrew Morgan

  10. Don,Neal,Eva,Eli and Nathanael, We were so so sorry to hear of you loss, Arlene was a great neigbor to us while we lived on Morgan Branch Road. May the memories comfort all of you during this time.
    Jean & Bill

  11. Please know that we are continuing to pray for all of you and trusting our Lord to carry you through this difficult time. We love you guys so much!
    His Blessings,
    Dave & Donna (Ross) Dupree

  12. Arlene will be missed. I remember her wonderful hugs and hearty laugh. She was a good friend to my mother for which I will be eternally grateful. My heartfelt sympathy and love go to all family members & especially Don at this difficult time. Love, Donna

  13. My sympathy to the family and friends of Arlene. She was truly a friendly and giving person. I was her sister’s classmate and shared loving memories of her.

    Lovella Foster Rathgeber


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