Noble Donald Morse

Donald Morse, 84, of Bagdad, died Jan. 12, 2014, at the Masonic Home in Shelbyville.

Born May 7, 1929, in the Bald Knob community of Franklin County, he was a son of Pryor and Mary Belle Duncan Morse.

He was the widower of Louise Campbell Morse, his wife of 62 years. A lifelong resident of Bald Knob, he was a graduate of Bald Knob High School. He was a cattle and tobacco farmer and received the Pioneer Farmer Award in 2003 from the state Department of Agriculture. He served as a Franklin County magistrate from 1965 to 1982 where one of his chief projects was to bring city water to the Bald Knob community.

He worked in and managed tobacco warehouses in Shelbyville for more than 50 years. He enjoyed UK basketball and winters spent fishing in Florida.

Survivors include two sons, Donald (Anna) Morse II of Frankfort and James (Shauna) Morse of Bagdad; and two daughters, Marianna Petrey of Frankfort and Emily (Dennis) Toadvine of Danville; a sister, Evelyn Hurn of Frankfort; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Two sisters, Mary Pulliam and Hallie Watkins, also preceded him in death.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Dr. Chris L. Petrey, Donald Steven Petrey, Tommy Toadvine, Justain Jones and Jarod Jones and grandsons-in-law Tom Midkiff and Brian Devers. 

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at LeCompte-Johnson-Taylor Funeral Home.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday by pastors Ray Cummins and Josh Rucker. Burial will be in Bagdad Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Indian Fork Baptist Church or Heritage Hospice, Inc.

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