Jack Edward Morgan, age 72, of Liberty Rd., Candler, N.C., noted horseman and contractor, passed away on Aug. 15, 2006.

            He was the son of the late Creed and Jamie Dillingham Morgan. Jack was born and raised in Democrat, N.C., and lived his entire life in Buncombe County. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Cecil Morgan and sister, Faye Hunt.

            Jack was the owner of Buncombe County Enterprise for 36 years. Being very active in the Tennessee Walking Horse Association for the past 30 years, he enjoyed showing and exhibiting horses in the eastern part of the U.S. Jack was also a member of the N.C. Walking Horse Association, the Walking Horse Owners’ Association and the East Tennessee Walking Horse Association where he served on the Board of Directors.

            Jack is survived by his dearest friend and wife, Betty; sons, Jack Edward Morgan Jr. of Destin Fla., and Michael Lee Morgan of Bristol, Tenn.; step-children, Tina Bear of Greensboro, Ga., Terre Johnson of Ocilla, Ga., and Dwayne Sanders of Asheville; brothers, Ray Morgan and wife, Joanne of Alexander and Roger Morgan and wife, Marcella of Barnardsville; sisters, Jo Edith Burchfiel and husband, Guy of Cullowhee, Betty Sue Hensley, Anne Edwards and Minerva Jones all of Barnardsville; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

            Jack will be deeply missed not only by his family but also by the entire walking horse community. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Attn: Administration, 950 W. Farls Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.   The famliy will receive friends Thursday, August 17 from 6:00 - 8:00pm at West Funeral Home located at 17 Merrimon Avenue in Weaverville, NC.  The funeral will be Friday, August 18 at 11:00am at West Funeral Home.  The funeral home's phone number is 828-645-3011.