Jitters Morgan, 77, of White Hall, died Wednesday, August 21, 2019 in Little Rock.
Born James Morgan October 24, 1941 in Camden, Arkansas, he was a son of Charles and Lucille Gore Morgan.
Jitters was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School. He attended Ouachita Baptist College before graduating from the Boys Club of America Directors School.
Mr. Morgan served as the Athletic Director of the Pine Bluff Boys Club from 1961-1968. He was an insurance agent from 1968 until his retirement in 1995. Jitters served as Mayor of White Hall from 1995 until he retired from the City of White Hall in 2010.
He loved athletics and was very involved in youth athletics in Jefferson County. He was very involved in local and state athletics including basketball, football, boxing, wrestling and track. Two games he was proud of officiating were the first basketball game officiated between Pine Bluff High School and Pine Bluff Merrill High School and the first basketball game between Little Rock Hall and Little Rock Horace Mann. Mr. Morgan also served on the Board of Directors for the King Cotton Holiday Classic, White Hall Little League, Pine Bluff Babe Ruth Baseball League and Babe Ruth World Series.
Jitters was also very involved in local government and community organizations before, during and after his tenure as Mayor of White Hall. He served as an ex-officio member of Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission, vice president of Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, Lifetime member and past vice president of District 4 of Arkansas Municipal League, past Board Member of Southeast Arkansas Economic Development, past member of Arkansas CSEPP, member of Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Security and Emergency Preparation, past member of White Hall School Board, Charter member and past president of White Hall Chamber of Commerce, served as Master of Ceremonies for White Hall Awards Banquet to recognize Community Leaders for past 25 years, Charter Member of White Hall Noon Lions Club, received the Commander’s Award for Public Service presented by Colonel Franz Amann from the Pine Bluff Arsenal and received a citation from the House of Representatives presented by State Representative Toni Bradford. Upon his retirement from the City of White Hall, the office of Congressman Mike Ross presented a flag to Mayor Jitters Morgan that had flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Possibly the biggest project for Mayor James “Jitters” Morgan was the Community Center in White Hall. Upon completion of the project, the James “Jitters” Morgan White Hall Community Center was named in his honor.
Mr. Morgan was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Morgan; parents, Charles and Lucille Morgan; and sister, Sylvia Poynter.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lynn McFadin Morgan of White Hall; daughter, Kelly Smith (Landen) of Hot Springs; brother, Charles Morgan (Pat); two grandchildren, Austin Blue Neldon (Cody) and Ryan Smith; and one great-grandchild, Ryleigh Smith.
A Vigil service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 25, 2019 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors with Father Joseph Marconi officiating. Visitation will follow the Vigil from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Robinson’s.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, August 26, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Deacon Noel “Bud” Bryant officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to White Hall Little League, c/o White Hall City Hall, 101 Parkway Drive, White Hall, Arkansas 71602 or Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, PO Box 6027, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611.
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