Civic leader Morgan dies at age 86
Archie Ann Hatchell Morgan, 86, of Society Hill, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 5.
Morgan had a long history of working in politics at both the state and local levels. She began her political involvement with the Young Republicans in Palm Beach County, Fla. during Sen. Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign in 1964. Later, in South Carolina, she managed Republican Headquarters for the Sixth Congressional District and the County Election Return Headquarters. She served as a State Executive Committee Woman and in the 1970s was a trailblazing female candidate for the S.C. Senate.
Morgan served as director of the S.C. Highway Safety Program under Gov. James B. Edwards. She also served as program director for the S.C. Area Agency on Aging, for the six-county Pee Dee section of South Carolina, and as director of the Regional Governor's Office for Citizen Service.
At the Federal level, Morgan served as the director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Energy during the Reagan administration. She also served as executive director on the Federal Highway Administration’s National Advisory Committee on Outdoor Advertising and Motorist Information.
Morgan was active in community activities, serving on the boards of Farmers Home Administration, League of Women Voters and the Florence County Humane Society. Ann loved Society Hill and the State of South Carolina and was designated as A Palmetto Lady through the State of South Carolina's The Order of the Palmetto. She loved biographies and history. She was also a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, also known as The Mayflower Society.
She was born in Cuthbert, Ga., on Jan. 7, 1936, the daughter of Roy Fredrick and Ruth Small Hatchell. She spent her young life in Cuthbert and moved to Salisbury, N.C., in her senior year of high school.
Ann had a great love of birds, flowers and books, and, during retirement, served as a librarian at the Society Hill Library, Darlington County Library System. She considered all of her friends in Society Hill to be family and loved them fiercely.
Surviving are her daughters, Holli Hatchell Fowler, Merry Morgan Smith, and son, John Elmore "Trey" Morgan III, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held June 8 at Gold Hill Cemetery in Gold Hill, N.C. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Society Hill Library on Wednesday, June 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.