Rev. John Baber Morgan, 98, died April 18, 2011, in Rolla, Mo. Service was April 22 at Rolla-First UMC.
Born on March 16, 1913, in Winfield, Kan., he received his Doctor of Philosophy from California Graduate School of Theology. He began his ministry in the Evangelical United Brethren Church (EUB). He was a delegate to the conference at which the EUB and Methodist Churches merged.
Beginning in 1973 in Oklahoma, he was pastor at Walters, OKC-Epworth, and Cleveland/Blackburn. He also served in Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, California, and Arkansas. He retired in 1978 to Rolla, but continued to serve churches. His ministry stretched across 61 years.
He officiated at the marriages of all his children and grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include three children: Johnie Morgan of Branson West, Mo.; Ruth Hagg of Floyd, Iowa; and Rev. Michael Morgan of Tulsa, pastor at Keota and McCurtain UMCs; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Two wives predeceased him.
Iona Jo Culver, 88, of Miami, Okla., died April 5, 2011. She was the widow of Rev. Leo Culver. Funeral was April 8 at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami.
Iona Jo was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Pennsylvania. A homemaker, she and Rev. Culver were married for 67 years. The couple moved from Grove to Miami six years ago. Rev. Culver died March 4, 2010.
Survivors include sons Keith, of Jay, and Tad, of Pennsylvania; daughters Shelby Coltharp of Miami and Darlene Taylor of Grove; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.
Michelle Coulter and Adam Daigle married on March 26, 2011, at Tulsa-Trinity United Methodist Church, where Rev. Coulter is pastor.