NORMAN — Terry Lee Morgan, a lifetime resident of Norman, passed from this earth Sunday, March 16, 2014. His journey was a short 59 years.
Terry was raised in Little Axe until the seventh grade, when his family moved to Norman. He was just 13 when a new family moved in next door and he met his soul mate, Jami Ryan; it was love at first sight for Terry. They quickly became inseparable from that moment until his final breath. They celebrated 42 years of marriage this past December. They grew up together while building a family, a business, a reputation and a legacy.
As a young teen, Terry worked at Bob Ramey’s restaurant at Porter and Lindsey. At age 16, he had the opportunity to try his hand at residential frame carpentry, where he soon found his gift and his passion. He worked diligently to hone his craft. As a member of the Norman Builders Association, he spent his career building many thousands of homes in Norman, Moore, Edmond, Ada and a few years in New Jersey.
He was one of the best in the industry. The house you call home is likely framed by Terry Morgan. Even with the time and expertise it took to gain a reputation in a cut-throat industry, his greatest love and pride was his family. His business was always a family business, employing his brothers, cousins, nephews, kids and now his grandkids, and all of his friends whom he considered family. He was a selfless, giving and sharing man who would have given the shirt off his back to anyone. He always said everything he had was to share with those he loved. Follow me and we will do great things. Not everyone made it, but the business survives and will prosper beyond his time on earth.
Terry also had a great passion for the outdoors. It was the one place in the entire world where he could have peace, solitude, quietness and all that sitting still in nature can provide. He would carve out time in a busy schedule of work and family to make time to fish and hunt. Hunting season saw him in a tree before daylight and before dark, which meant he didn’t sleep for several months of the year. He believed in responsible hunting and obeyed and supported the Oklahoma Wildlife Service. So he threw them back if they were too small and went without bagging a deer, rather than misusing a tag. He spent many freezing and sleeting nights catching monster catfish at Lake Thunderbird. He taught all of the kids growing up around him respect and discipline with firearms and wildlife. It was important to him that during his final days, he spent perfect time hanging out and fishing with his son, Phillip.