In Memory of J. Harris Morgan

On February 22, 2010 Morgan & Gotcher Law Office suffered the loss of our colleague and friend J. Harris Morgan.


Mr. Morgan was born on September 17, 1926 in Greenville, Texas to James Benton Morgan and Almarine Harris Morgan and married Barbara Knox April 5, 1952 .


A third generation attorney whose grandfather began practicing law in Greenville in 1891, Mr. Morgan graduated from Greenville High School and entered the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduation with High Honors in 1947 and a Phi Beta Kappa, Harris attended law school at the University of Texas at Austin, graduated with an LLB in June 1950, and a member Phi Delta Phi, and started practicing law in Greenville upon admission by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1950.


Mr. Morgan practiced law continuously from 1950 until 2010 with Morgan & Gotcher. Even on those occasions when he was recuperating at assisted living facilities, Mr. Morgan attempted to help others in need. Mr. Morgan served in the United States Army during World War II.


DSO in Greenville
Harris had a love for education and music at an early age. He was significantly influenced by his mother who instilled in Harris a love of the arts and learning new words and ideas. Harris was the head drum major for the Greenville Marching Band at Greenville High School and also played the clarinet in grade school. Mr. Morgan was instrumental in the creation and operation of the F. L. Young Foundation, the Gladys Clayton Foundation and bringing the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as well as the Greenville Entertainment Series to Greenville. Among his other accomplishments and service, Mr. Morgan was awarded the Worthy Citizen Award by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce in 1989. He served as adjunct professor at Texas A&M Commerce for many years teaching probate, law office efficiency and management.