This is my husband and best friend, Donald Dwight Morgan.  He was born Jan. 6, 1976, and was taken to Heaven on May 11, 2001.  

Donny was raised in southwest Missouri all his life.  At an early age, he showed an interest in fixing bikes and, later, went to vehicles.  He could fix anything and no one ever had to show him how.  He graduated from Wheaton High School in May of 1995, all the while keeping a job and helping raise his younger brother.  

Donny leaves behind his family--his Mom, Crystal Morris; his dad, Troy Morgan; his brother, Sammy Morgan; one nephew, Trevor Morgan.  

Donny and I met in high school through some friends.  It was love at first sight for both of us.  He quickly became my dearest and closest friend. 

We had our first daughter, Kristen Marie Morgan on Dec. 30, 1995.  She was the apple of her daddy's eye and he loved her very much.  On August 11, 1996, we decided it was time to get married.  We were married in the church he grew up in -- Chapel of Grace in Monett, Missouri.  

Our life was good.  He had a great job and I was able to stay home and be a mommy.  On Sept. 18, 1997, we brought little Brianna Lea Morgan into this world.  He cried every time we had a new baby!  Donny was proud of his precious babies and loved to take them places and show them off.

Finally, we ended the growth of our family with Taylor Donn Morgan on Oct. 28, 1999. She was born very early and we decided then to have no more children and went ahead and named her after her dad since we couldn't get a boy!  

Donny never thought about the girls being, well, girls. He took them four-wheeling in his truck and rough-housed with them all the same.  He would have raised very strong women.  His children were his life and he cherished them.  Even when we had our problems, we still were able to be the best of friends.  Our love never changed and grew stronger each and every day.  

On May 11, 2001, our lives were forever changed.  Donny had not been getting along with a new neighbor and they had been arguing some over the previous weeks.  Nothing big, just stuff like parking spaces.  On May 11, he called me on the telephone just to say hello and I love you.  While he was on the phone, Dustin Harp and Rebecca Mackey decided to murder him. They did something to get him to go outside.  Then, Dustin provoked a physical fight with Donny in order for Rebecca to have a chance to go and get his gun.  

Donny was armed with a bowl of noodles and a cordless phone.  After he broke free of the physical fight, Donny got back on the phone with me.  He wanted to let me know he was okay.  He didn't realize he was already doomed.  The gun was brought to Dustin.  Donny ran away.  He was hit several times in the back while he was trying to get away.  Donny ran an entire block with this madman shooting at him before he finally collapsed in a parking lot.  Help was there immediately, but the injuries were too much.  The first bullet went through most of his vital organs.  

This happened in daylight in front of several witnesses and was less than a block from the police station.  We are now trying to get the trial going, but lawyer's can postpone things forever.  Our little girls were only 5, 3, and 1 when this happened.  They want to know why they can't go to Heaven and visit Daddy.  Why did the bad guy shoot Daddy?  

As a Mom, these questions hurt so very much.  I cannot take this pain away from them and it is devastating.  Donny's mother is so lost without him.  His brother is very angry about it.  His dad doesn't know if Donny knew that he loved him.  I wonder if my husband really knew how much I loved him, too.  I miss him so much.  The girls are growing and learning so much every day and he's missing out on so much.  Our Kristen says not to worry because he can see what she's doing all the time from Heaven.  So wise for a 5-year-old.  

Donny had hundreds of friends and family members who came to the visitation.   It was such a blessing to see so many faces.  He was a good man, a Christian, and he had a heart of gold.  We miss you, Donny.   

Leaves the earth upon this path
With blue horizons, home at last
Mountains framed by bluest sky
Fills his soul with gentle sigh

Path of love is paved with gold
Promised treasure eyes behold
Beyond the mountain high above
Valley of all perfect love

Rows of flowers everywhere
Nature looms in beauty rare
Hands will reach to welcome him
Hearts all joined in joyous hymn

Bounty of new world he sees
Fills his heart with ecstasy
Just one step and love is found
His gentle spirit has been crowned

Struggle on this earth is done
Memories shared with everyone
Heart will keep love safely stored
This for us our sweet reward

Final journey with slower pace
Footprints made that we will trace
Turns to wave with smile of grace
His love and spirit we embrace.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
Šused with permission



Donald Morgan

Donald Dwight Morgan, 25, of Monett, died at 4:42 p.m. May 11, 2001 at Cox Monett Hospital. The death is under investigation as a homicide.

Mr. Morgan was born January 6, 1976, in Aurora. He worked at George's Poultry Processing Plant in Butterfield. He was a 1995 graduate of Wheaton High School and a member of the Chapel of Grace Church in Monett and the 4X4 Power Truck Club in Springfield.

He married Valeria Farris on August 11, 1996, in Monett, and she survives.

Additional survivors include three daughters, Kristen Morgan, Brianna Morgan, and Taylor Morgan, all of the home; his father, Troy Morgan of Ridgley; his mother, Crystal Morris of Purdy; one brother, Sammy Morgan of Ridgley; and his paternal grandparents, Oscar and Helen Morgan of Miller.

Services will be 10 a.m. tomorrow, May 15, at Bennett-Wormington Chapel in Monett with Rev. Jim Copley officiating. Graveside services will be 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at Rivermont Cemetery in Springfield under the direction of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home of Monett.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 14, at the funeral home.

Evidence heard against Rebecca Mackey in Morgan homicide case

Published December 04, 2001 4:00 PM CST

Preliminary hearing documents woman's role in shooting death outside Monett residence

The second suspect in the homicide of Donald Morgan of Monett has been bound over for trial in Barry County Circuit Court, following a preliminary hearing yesterday.

Witnesses for the prosecution provided testimony for Associate Circuit Judge Michael Garrett supporting a trial for Rebecca J. Mackey, 18, who is charged with second degree murder in the May 11 shooting death of Morgan. Assistant Prosecutor Pat Sullivan called police officers and witnesses to describe the streetside altercation.

Morgan, 25, was shot by a .22 caliber rifle, allegedly by Dustin Gene Harp, who was living with Mackey in an apartment in the same building with Morgan at Fifth and Cale in Monett. Harp and Morgan had a history of confrontations. Morgan was in the front yard of the house talking on a cordless phone when the altercation in question began.

In this incident, occurring around 4 p.m., a fistfight ensued where Harp reportedly took the worst part. Harp then directed Mackey to get his gun. Lydia Cook, a witness walking her dog at the time, testified yesterday she saw Mackey return with the gun, momentarily hesitating before giving the rifle to Harp.

Duane Thomas, who lives across the street, was also watching. He testified Mackey initially pointed the gun at both men while they were fighting. Challenged by Morgan, she handed the gun to Harp, who started firing.

Also testifying were Monett Police Sergeant Kermit Howell, who had been at a nearby dry cleaning business at the time. Howell testified witnessing Morgan's collapse, and summoning help. Monett Officer Jeff Martinson told the judge both suspects surrendered themselves at the police station shortly after the shooting.

The hearing had been ordered by Circuit Judge J. Edward Sweeney after Mackey and Harp waived preliminary hearings in June and were scheduled for arraignment in circuit court. Mackey's attorney at the time, John Woodard, changed his mind and asked for her to have a preliminary hearing. Woodard withdrew from representing both suspects. Mackey was represented by public defender Victor Head yesterday.

Before a packed courtroom of spectators, Mackey was bound over by Garrett for trial back in circuit court before Judge Sweeney. She will likely be arraigned on December 17. She remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bond.

Harp, charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action, remains in custody in lieu of $300,000 bond, also facing a charge of armed criminal action. He is scheduled for a jury trial to run June 24 to 28 of next year, with jury selection slated for June 21.

Initially, when Woodard was representing both suspects, a trial for both at the same time had been planned. Circuit Court Clerk Dick Sanders said he no longer expects that to happen.

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The painting is ŠJim Warren and used with his full permission.

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