Ivan Ellis Morlan, the son of the late John Alfred and Clara Ellen McCoy Morlan, was born in Lowndes, on Feb. 22, 1922, and died at his home in rural Bloomfield on Oct. 14, 2008, at the age of 86.
Mr. Morlan was raised in the Studivant and Avert communities and had lived in the Bloomfield area most of his life. He had attended the Beechgrove Church early in life and more recently attended the Mount Pisgah Church in Aquilla. He was a row crop and cattle farmer, and an avid hunter and fisherman. Most of all he loved his wife, children, his farm, church and community, commenting many times, "That was all I ever needed."
On March 2, 1940, he was married to Bessie Allen Harper in Bloomfield.
Surviving are his wife, Bessie Morlan of Bloomfield; two sons, Autry Morlan of Bloomfield, John Morlan of West Plains; one daughter, Gale Wilson of Bloomfield, eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Maxine Culberson of Alton, Illinois. He was preceded in death by one son, Ellis Morlan, four brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be held on Thursday Oct. 16, 2008, from 5-8 p.m. at the Watkins and Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Chapel in Dexter with the Rev. Bob Holland of Bloomfield officiating.
Interment will follow at the Walker Cemetery near Bloomfield.