Former White Hall Mayor James “Jitters” Morgan died on Wednesday in Little Rock. He was 77.

Morgan served as White Hall mayor from 1995 until his retirement in 2010. One of the biggest projects he oversaw during his time in office was the construction of a community center named in his honor. Today, the facility hosts numerous events throughout the year and has become a focal point for the community.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and served as athletic director for the Pine Bluff Boys Club from 1961-68. He was an insurance agent from 1968 until his retirement in 1995. He attended Ouachita Baptist College before graduating from the Boys Club of America Directors School.

Morgan was also a big supporter of area athletics and was very involved in youth athletics in Jefferson County. He was very involved in local and state athletics as well, including basketball, football, boxing, wrestling and track.

Two games he always said he was proud of officiating were the first basketball game officiated between Pine Bluff High School and Pine Bluff Merrill High School and the first basketball game between Little Rock Hall and Little Rock Horace Mann.

Morgan also served on the board of directors for the King Cotton Holiday Classic, White Hall Little League, Pine Bluff Babe Ruth Baseball League and Babe Ruth World Series.

News of his passing created an outpouring of remembrances late this week.

On The Pine Bluff Commercial’s Facebook page, former Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth called Morgan an “icon within our community. I am so sad to hear this.”

Robbie Robinson wrote: “I played many rounds of golf with this awesome man! He was truly a great ambassador for the city of White Hall! He will be missed!”

Becky Floyd Raines wrote: “He was such a dear friend and fellow Farmers Agent with my dad and me! He had a heart of gold and adored his family!”

James Bell wrote that Morgan “was a great youth advocate and gave during his younger years much of his time working with youth. He was also a visionary and progressive mayor of the city of White Hall. He was one of our four past and present mayors that re-appointed me to the city’s planning commission. I will truly miss him.”

A vigil service will be 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25, in the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors with Father Joseph Marconi officiating. Visitation will follow the Vigil from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at Robinson’s.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Deacon Noel “Bud” Bryant officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to White Hall Little League, c/o White Hall City Hall, 101 Parkway Drive, White Hall, Arkansas 71602 or Boys and Girls Club of Jefferson County, PO Box 6027, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611.

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