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Ralph J Morton

February 24, 1926 ~ April 15, 2018 (age 92)

Ralph J. Morton, 92, of Lake City, Fl., passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2018, following an extended illness.

Born February 24, 1926 in Madison, NC, to the late Eulie E. Morton and Irma Ferguson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran during WWII stationed in Lake City, Fl..  He graduated from the first class of Lake City Forest Ranger School. Mr. Morton worked 25 years as Agency Management with Farm Bureau, and 10 years operating his own Cotton State Insurance Agency. He was a member of Bethel Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge and the Shrine Temple. After his retirement he enjoyed fishing, gardening, and raising his pigeons. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years; Betty Lou Carroll Morton, of Lake City, Fl., daughters; Sarah “Corky” Knox (Jimmy), of Lake City, Fl.,  Irma Louise Wehrli (George),  of  Lake City, FL., Linda Gayle Babbitt (Ken), of Battle Creek, MI., and Carrie Lynn Park (Kelvin) of Lake City, Fl., grandchildren; Bernice Elizabeth Randall, Kenny Babbitt, Jr., Amanda Robertson (Jamie), Amy Babbitt, Allison Carey (Tommy), Ashley Babbitt, Daniel Faris, Wes Faris, Kelsey Park, and 5 great-grandchildren, and numerous  Nieces and Nephews also survive.

Graveside service will be conducted at 11:00am on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Bethel Cemetery with Rev. Ken Hamilton officiating. Arrangements are under the care of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S US Hwy 441, Lake City, Fl., 32025, (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of love and comfort for the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com 

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