Tuesday, October 14, 2003


Orville Morgan, church founder

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT THOMAS - The Rev. Mr. Orville A. Morgan founded and operated the Full Gospel Assembly of God in Newport on a shoestring.

With the help of his late wife, Myrtle, he opened a mission in a small hall in Newport in 1948. Through the years he fed hundreds of families - spiritually and physically.

"He was a very generous man," said his son, Sherrill Morgan of downtown Cincinnati. "He would pick up day-old bread at Klosterman's - they would give it to him - and he would deliver it on Saturday morning in the projects."

The Rev. Mr. Morgan died Thursday at Carmel Manor in Fort Thomas.

Known as "Brother Morgan," he was active in the ministry for 60 of his 95 years.

The first Full Gospel Assembly of God was at Seventh and Brighton streets. He was pastor until 1976.

Then he was pastor of Sardis Assembly of God near Maysville, Ky., before he retired at age 85.

The Rev. Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle, in 1995 and two sons, Darrell in 1975 and Ronald in 1983.

Besides Sherrill, survivors include another son, Danny of Foster, Ky.; two daughters, Phyllis Spangler of Wilder and Rhonda Fields of Cold Spring; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

The funeral is 11 a.m. today at the Full Gospel Assembly of God, 1305 John Street, Newport. Entombment is at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate.

Memorials: Full Gospel Assembly of God, 1305 John Street, Newport, KY 41071 or Carmel Manor, 100 Carmel Manor Drive, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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