Joseph (Joe) Anthony Morgan III, 62, of New Orleans, Louisiana, passed away in San Antonio, Texas on September 27th surrounded by his family. Joe was born on July 13, 1959 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Joseph and Jacqueline Morgan who survive him in death. He graduated from Edgewood High School in Edgewood Maryland in 1977.
In high school he could be found on the football field (where he was selected as an All American running back) and during half time he would join the band to play his trumpet. After High School he attended the University of New Orleans where he studied Business Administration. Joe then started his career in the military on March 3, 1981 where he proudly served his country in the United States Army as a Medic and later transitioned to a Burn Specialist Nurse. In 1983 he was involved in the United States Invasion of Grenada where much of his work was kept confidential. Twice he jumped from the military helicopter he was being transported on while conducting life saving treatment due to his airlift being hit. On one particular occasion after the jump, he dragged a fellow soldier out of the field to safety. Years later he went on to have a chance but enlightening meeting with one of the members of the Grenadian armed forces here in San Antonio, TX. From Jan 1988 to June 1989 he worked at the 41st Combat Support hospital where he directed the setup and operation of the hospitals burn unit. During his service tenure, he achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class before he left active duty on July 31, 1989. Less than two years after going into the Individual Ready Reserve, he was ordered back to active status on January 8, 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he completed a challenging mission while operating as a flight nurse. After multiple successes during this deployment, he again exited military service for the final time on May 19, 1991.
Upon his return to the civilian sector, he worked at Brook Army Medical Center in the hospitals burn unit and then transitioned into Home Health Care Nursing and also worked in multiple hospitals as an Agency Nurse until he retired in 2006.
In 2001 while working as a Agency Nurse in the hospital, he noticed another nurse on the night shift that piqued his interest. He soon requested to move to night shift so he could get to know her better. A whirlwind romance ensued and she soon declared that he would marry her. In Dec of 2001 she got her wish in the form of an engagement and on March 10, 2002, he married Patricia Kathleen ‘Kathy” (Stamper) in San Antonio, Texas.
In his free time he enjoyed bowling, where he went by his alter ego “Ice Man”, attending and watching football games, watching soccer, and playing spades. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and son. He was known for his infectious laugh, his constant jokes, meeting new friends because he never met a stranger, and his willingness to help anyone in need.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Kathy Morgan. His daughter, Va’Shawn Abrams (Victoria), Andre’, daughter Joytesha Morgan (Karis), Kaiden, Kailyn, Kailah, son Lavon Grant (Chanel), Jaylon (Starr), Javon, Dre’Von, Raniyah, and great-baby Londyn, daughter Alisha Tibbs (James), Naturi, James, Ja’Mire, Alija, Semaj, Alandra, son Jeffrey Christensen (Meghan), Bryan, Grace, son Phillip Christensen (Ashley), Stryder, Kyley, Kayleigh, Parker, and daughter Rachel McGrath (Matthew), Bailey, Allyson, Cadance, and Skylah. His parents Joseph Anthony Morgan Jr. and Jacqueline Francis Maria (Dumas) Morgan. His sister, Michelle Scarver (Cyrus) Bryce, Mariah, sister, Helen Campbell (Kenny), Allen, Steven, Sidney, brother, Brian Morgan (Jeanette), Robert, Christopher, Gabriella, Devon, preceded in death by brother, David Morgan, David Jr., Blake, Jessica, his mother-in-law Patricia Stamper and a host of extended family and friends.