Richard Timothy Morgan was born July 12, 1952 and grew up in Southern Pines. He was the son of the late Alex Morgan, who owned and operated Morgan Auto Sales and Mary Crain Morgan, longtime owner of Aberdeen’s White Elephant Shop.

After graduating from Pinecrest High School Richard earned his Associate in Arts degree with Honors from Sandhills Community College. He then enrolled at the University of North Carolina and received his Bachelors degree in political science in 1974.

Richard began his service to the State later that year and served as special assistant to the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Human Resources and later on the Governor’s staff.

In 1977 he returned home to Moore County and lived there the rest of his life.

Richard will be remembered for his commitment to public service to the people of Moore County and the State of North Carolina. He was first elected to public office in 1990, and served the people of Moore County as their voice in the North Carolina House of Representatives through 2006. He was elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2003,  the first Moore County legislator to earn that distinction in 40 years. During his time in the legislature Richard co-chaired the Clean Water Management Task Force and helped pass some of the most significant environmental legislation ever enacted in North Carolina. He also helped secure funding to establish the UNC Cancer Center in Chapel Hill and the Heart Center at East Carolina University in Greenville.

Richard was also an entrepreneur who built a thriving insurance business in Pinehurst. In addition he created an outdoor advertising company, and became a Real Estate Broker, magazine publisher and a cattle farmer. He recently purchased commercial real estate in Robbins and opened Kitchen 221, a local restaurant.

Richard was active in Republican politics throughout his life and in addition to his legislative service he was the Republican nominee for Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008 and Commissioner of Insurance in 2012.

He also gave generously of his time to charitable civic and issue awareness groups. He chaired Moore County’s first Drug Task Force and later served on the North Carolina Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the North Carolina Council on the Status of Women. For his legislative service Richard was honored as the Legislator of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Manufacturers in 2003 and the North Carolina Association of Home and Hospice Care in 2004.

Richard married the true love of his life, the former Cindy Richardson, on May 28, 1988. Together they built a farm in Eagle Springs and enjoyed 30 happy years there. During those years  the Morgan household always included animals in addition to their Brangus cattle – miniature horses, Harley, a pot- bellied pig, a donkey and many dogs including Moses (Mo-Mo), Magic Man, and his special golden retriever Candy Cane.  

Richard was a member of Faith Baptist Church in West End.

Visitation will be held Saturday evening October 13 from 6 to 8 PM. at Kennedy Funeral Home, 241 North Middleton Street, Robbins. NC.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3:00 PM at Faith Baptist Church, 2180 Carthage Road, West End, NC  27376. Interment will follow at Pine Lawn Memorial Park, 1105 Morganton Road, Southern Pines, NC.

Memorials may be  made to the Faith Baptist Church Building Fund.



Memories Timeline


  1. I remember well Speaker Morgan’s many acts of kindness during the time he served with Marc in the legislature.-  He and Marc enjoyed a special friendship that lasted beyond their time together in Raleigh, and that friendship was never more deeply felt and

  2. A MOUNTAIN MEADOW PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent on October 12, 2018

    Peace, love and comfort from the Maguire and Markham Families

  3. Cindy, so sad to hear of Richard’s passing! Know you will miss him! He was a great man who did a lot for our local communities as well as the state of N. C.! The ‘ Class of 1970’ will always remember him & his leadership abilities! RIP my fellow classmat

  4. Cindy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your husband was such a Blessing to All of us. You and your family is in my and Terry’s thoughts and prayers. I Love you

  5. Cindy,
    It saddened my when I heard the news of the death of your husband.-  Please know that you are in my prayers & thoughts.-  Gerri Crutchfield (former co-worker of many years ago)

  6. I was saddened to read of Richard’s death.-  As the obituary stated, Richard’s first job was as special assistant to the Secretary of Human Resources (now DHHS) and that was David Flaherty.-  When Dave left the position to run for Governor, I asked Govern

  7. Cindy, I was stunned to hear of Richard’s passing. My sympathies and condolences to you in these difficult days. May God bless you and watch over you. Jim Webb

  8. Please accept our deepest sympathy. May those precious memories be foremost in your hearts and minds during this difficult time.
    Isaiah 25:8

  9. Cindy, I was stunned to learn of Richard’s passing. My sincerest condolences to you & the family. May God continue to watch over you during these difficult days.

  10. Cindy, Darling, So very sorry for your loss of Richard. Too early but just know that I’m praying that God will ease your pain & the lonely feelings that follow. You have my sincere & heartfelt condolences with many memories of you & the lovely lady that I

  11. Cindy,
    May you feel God’s comfort during this journey. The loss of a loved one is especially difficult at night. It is our prayer that you will find comfort and peace.

  12. To Cindy and Family,
    The loss of a loved one is difficult to bear. Just know that God is with you so seek shelter there. When memories flood your mind and thoughts, remember the love that being with Richard brought. We know not why things come to pa

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