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www.childers-shepherd.org, 3 Apr 2010
Harold Morgan
7 October 1898    -      29 March 1989
Buncombe County NC
            A Student-Passenger's Memory

Through nine years of public school attendance, from the fall of
1952 until the spring of 1962, I rode the number 36 school bus
from our place on Barnardsville Road, back and forth to Flat
Creek Elementary School, and later to North Buncombe High
School. During those years (and decades before) the steady
hands at the wheel were those of Mr. Harold Morgan. He was
such a dependable, gentle presence that we never imagined
there could be any other driver. He was a quiet, perhaps shy,
man, not given to extremes of expression; he greeted his small
boarding passengers with the hint of a smile. In case of  
rowdiness on board, he could squelch it -- such was the respect
he inspired -- with nothing more than a stern look in the big
rearview mirror, and perhaps, in rare cases, a barely raised
voice. In the time between driving the morning and afternoon
school-bus routes, he farmed at the old Morgan home place just
Morgan Hill Baptist Church, named, like the community
itself, for his ancestors.
                        -- Dwight Childers
                            3 April 2010
Memorial Plaque at Morgan Hill Baptist Church,
Barnardsville Highway, Weaverville NC.