Morgan Strong

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Morgan Gary "Monk" Strong, 85, of Tyler, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at The Hospice of East Texas after a short battle with illness. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Pollard United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barry R. Strong, OSFS, nephew, and the Rev. Stephanie Scott officiating under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Old Prospect Cemetery in Mount Enterprise following the service.

Morgan was born on April 14, 1929, to Josie and Beeman Strong in Mount Enterprise. He graduated from Mount Enterprise High School, attended Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Houston, and later served in the Army during the Korean War. He then moved to Tyler where he worked for Atlantic Richfield Oil Co. and was a Realtor for many years. He was a longtime member of Pollard United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Men's Bible Group.

Most importantly, Morgan devoted his whole life to his family, and was an incredibly loving husband, father and grandfather who led by example and deeply impacted those who knew him. He had a passion for the outdoors, an unrivaled green thumb and loved sitting on the porch at his childhood home in Mount Enterprise, which he frequented. He had a heart for service, and volunteered for Meals On Wheels. He was easygoing with a quick wit that kept friends, family and even total strangers on their toes.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Mary Eklond Strong; brothers, Charles Strong and Homer "Hap" Strong; and sisters, Faye Risinger Hudgins, Francis Boyd Kieswetter, and Sarah Strong.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Strong and her daughter and son-in-law Cathy and Gary Gibbons; son, Mark Strong and wife Martha, of Richardson; daughter, Melinda Allen and husband Rick, of Tyler; son, Brad Strong and wife Lisa, of The Woodlands; son, Joe Strong, of Richardson; grandchildren, Ben Allen and wife Ginger, of Tomball, Ashley Allen, of New York City; Morgan Strong Broussard and husband Vance, of Houston, Cameron Strong, of The Woodlands, Andrew Strong and wife Maria, of Richardson, Katie Strong Burkett and husband Kyle, of Richardson; great-granddaughter, Molly Burkett, of Richardson; sisters, Joan Pinkerton, of Longview, and Dorothy Telschow, of Houston; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Ben Allen, Andrew Strong, Cameron Strong, Kyle Burkett, Vance Broussard and Gary Gibbons. Honorary pallbearers are the Men's Bible Group at Pollard United Methodist Church.

We would like to extend our undying gratitude to Dr. Arielle Lee, who has done an outstanding job caring for Morgan and his family through each step of this process.

Visitation will take place on Friday, June 27, 2014, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Stewart Family Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Old Prospect Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 682, Mount Enterprise, 75681; Pollard United Methodist Church, 3030 New Copeland Road, Tyler, 75701; or The Hospice of East Texas Foundation, 4111 University Blvd., Tyler, 75701.
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Stewart Family Funeral Home - Tyler
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Tyler, TX 75703
(903) 581-2008
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Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on June 27, 2014
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