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Current Delegates Ted Tomblin, far left, and Rupie Phillips, far right, posed with family members of the late Dewayne Morgan following a bridge dedication ceremony held June 1, 2013. The bridge No. 10369 on Route 10 over the Guyandotte River at Rita was renamed the “Dewayne Phillip Morgan Memorial Bridge”.
Current Delegates Ted Tomblin, far left, and Rupie Phillips, far right, posed with family members of the late Dewayne Morgan following a bridge dedication ceremony held June 1, 2013. The bridge No. 10369 on Route 10 over the Guyandotte River at Rita was renamed the “Dewayne Phillip Morgan Memorial Bridge”.
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Family and friends, along with local dignitaries, attended the Dewayne Phillip Morgan Bridge dedication on June 1.


Legislation for the renaming of the Rita area bridge was introduced in February 2012 by Delegates Rupert “Rupie” Phillips Jr., Josh Stowers, Ralph Rodighiero and Greg Butcher.


House Concurrent Resolution No. 63 requesting the Division of Highways to name bridge design number 10369 on Route 10 over the Guyandotte River at Rita the “Dewayne Phillip Morgan Memorial Bridge” reads:


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan was born on May 1, 1971, the middle child of Noble and Linda Morgan in Mineral City, a small community located in the unincorporated community of Davin, West Virginia; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan participated in basketball and football in grade school, junior high and high school, while also participating in the Junior ROTC program at Man High School; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan and his future wife, Lesley Toler first met while they were both attending Man Junior High School; and


“Whereas, After graduating from Man High School in 1989, Dewayne Phillip Morgan went to work for Craddock Machine Shop, delivering supplies to the mining industry; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan and Lesley Toler began dating in March 1990 and were married on December 7, 1990. Lesley had a two year old son, Jeremy, from a previous relationship, whom Dewayne Phillip Morgan treated as if he was his own son; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan and his wife Lesley, welcomed a daughter, Jessica, to the world on June 3, 1992, and he was a loving and caring father; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan and his family were members of the Rum Junction Church of God, where he was the Assistant Superintendent of the Church; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan was tragically killed in an automobile accident on August 2, 1993, when his vehicle was pushed over a hill by a tractor trailer; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan’s son Jeremy was five years old and his daughter Jessica was fourteen months old at the time of his tragic death, never getting to see them mature into two fine adults; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan was a son, brother, husband and father of two very beautiful children, who was taken from his family and friends at far too young an age, and not a day goes by where his family doesn’t miss him and think about him and the memories of the fun and loving times they had together; and


“Whereas, Dewayne Phillip Morgan will be sorely missed by his family, all who knew him, loved him and his passion for life; therefore, be it


“Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:


“That the Division of Highways is hereby requested to name bridge design number 10369 on Route 10 over the Guyandotte River at Rita, Logan County, West Virginia, the “Dewayne Phillip Morgan Memorial Bridge”; and, be it


“Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed, signs identifying the bridge as the “Dewayne Phillip Morgan Memorial Bridge”; and, be it


“Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a certified copy of this resolution to the family of Dewayne Phillip Morgan and the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.”


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