Obituary – Ann Bentley Morgan

Published 10:27 am Monday, February 5, 2024

Ann Bentley Morgan passed away on Jan. 13. She was the youngest daughter of Reuben Marshall Bentley and Gladys Gardner Bentley of Brantley.

A woman of great faith, Ann was a long-time devoted member of Vestavia Hills Methodist Church and the Trinity Sunday school class.

Born and raised in Brantley, Ann began her college education at Judson College and then transferred to Huntingdon College in 1947, where she met Brownie Morgan, a young World War II veteran who had just been honorably discharged following his service in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater. They married in 1949 and over the years, they followed Brownie’s sales and management career with Nabisco to locations in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama, had three beloved daughters, and made many lifelong friends wherever they lived.

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Ann was a gifted artist and enjoyed a successful career as a china painter for over 40 years. She developed an admiring and loyal clientele who eagerly purchased her custom hand-painted porcelain Christmas ornaments and Easter eggs year after year.

Ann’s creativity also extended to music and sewing. She could often be found at the sewing machine creating dresses for her girls or playing the piano and happily singing Pat Boone songs.

Ann is survived by her three daughters Betty Von Grisham (Jimmy) of Athens; Anita Colley (Steve) of Acworth, Georgia; and Karolyn McGee (Llane) of Huntsville. She was “Abie” to nine grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and several loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Winton Brian (“Brownie”) Morgan, her parents Reuben and Gladys Bentley and her sister Vonceil Bentley McKay.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of Vestavia Hills Methodist Church on Feb. 10 at 11 am. Interment will be at the Vestavia Hills Methodist Church columbarium immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to benefit the Arts Auditorium fund at Brantley High School via this link: Alternatively, checks can be made payable to Brantley High school and sent c/o Anita Colley, 5101 Waterloo Drive, Acworth, Georgia 30101.