Thomas Orlando "Lannie" Morgan III, 80, of Baton Rouge, LA passed away on February 14, 2021 as a result of injuries sustained in a fall. His loss was unexpected, and the family is deeply saddened. Lannie was born March 21, 1940 in Lafayette, LA to Thomas and Geneva Morgan. His father served in the Air Force, so his childhood was spent in many different locations, of which Puerto Rico was his favorite. After a short enlistment in the Air Force, he graduated from ULL and taught English for 40 years at Southern University as an associate professor. He was a loving man with a quick wit and a hunger for knowledge. As a child, he loved baseball and was enthusiastic in teaching his children how to play. A poet and romantic at heart, he enjoyed introducing a love of literature to his students and children. For 48 years, he considered himself lucky to be married to Marcia Morgan. His favorite hobbies were reading any book put in front of him and travel to the locations about which he read. He was particularly interested in ancient European mythology and literature, Aztec and Mayan history, mysteries, and science fiction. Lannie welcomed everyone who came to his doorstep and unwittingly acted as a surrogate father to several of his children's friends. He was also fond of music, and his annual trip to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was among the highlights of any year. Lannie is predeceased by his parents and his brother, Bill. He is survived by his wife, Marcia Morgan, his children Michael and Nancy Morgan, Timothy Morgan and Stephanie Baum, Arianna Morgan, Thomas and Jennifer Morgan, and Linnea Morgan and Brian Sullivan; his grandchildren Steven, Alexis, Jacy, Patrick, Johnathan, Samantha, and Orlando; and his great-grandchildren Jayden, Bailey, Oliver, Ava, Rose, and Genevieve. Services will be held at a later date.
Published in The Advocate from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2021.