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Retired Sheriff Morgan laid to rest

Retired Sheriff Morgan laid to rest

Story and Photos By Charlotte Blasingame

Retired Sheriff James C. Morgan is remembered by Judge Calvin Milford as being very instrumental in the life he leads today. Sheriff Sid Lockhart states he has been a mentor and like a father to him since 1975 and Eddie Adams revealed Sheriff Morgan has been in his life since his father and Morgan were lifetime friends with the relationship being carried on by the two since Adams lost his father.

Adams states he has always been like a father to him and a grandfather to his children. He will always be a Giant in his eyes.

As acquaintances, friends and family paid their last respects to Retired Sheriff of Chambers County James C. Morgan he was laid to rest in LaFayette City Cemetery Sunday afternoon.
Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart and the Chambers County Sheriff Department Honor Guard continually guarded Morgan’s body until his final resting place.

Rev. Bill Hand and Rev. Jimmy Allen officiated services at the Sportsplex Center in Valley with Charles Story as vocalist. Law Enforcement from surrounding areas were in numerous uniforms showing their respect and being a member of the Order of Free Masonry of Alabama was a testimony to the members present.

Entering the city limits of LaFayette, the Lanett Fire Department displayed an oversized American Flag flying from the ladder on the fire truck. Approaching the gravesite stood Troup County Sheriff Department under the direction of Sheriff Woodruff waiting for the command to fire the 21 gun salute.

Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart presented the American Flag to Mrs. Morgan and family. Chief Deputy of Calhoun County Sheriff Department Matthew Wade played Amazing Grace on bagpipes. Trumpeter Police Chief Valley Alabama Tommy Weldon played taps in honor of Sheriff Morgan. District Lecturer Alabama Lodge of Freemason Drew Barnette led the organization in the final ritual of their Masonic Brother.

At the end of the ceremony you could hear 911 dispatcher Darlene Billingsly calling dispatch to CH 1 (Sheriff Morgan’s call letter) .. CH 1.. CH1… All stations stand by; last call for James Morgan Rest in Peace Sheriff.