Employees at Charles Bass Correctional Complex paid tribute to fallen officer, Fred Hyatt, who was killed in the line of duty November, 2003. A service was held in front of the prison, dedicating a plaque and memorial to the late officer. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his family.
Wayne Thomas "Cotton" Morgan, 56, started his career with TDOC on August 8, 1977. A 28-year veteran of Brushy Mountain Correctional Complex and the state of Tennessee, Morgan's life tragically ended on August 9, 2005.
He has gone to meet with those gone before him including his grandparents, Fred and Mindy Hall Stewart, John and Alice Morgan; father, Guy E. Morgan; brother, Richard and David Morgan; brothers-in-law, Gerald Turner and Leslie Rickers.
Cotton was a dedicated Christian serving his church, Meadowview Baptist, as deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, as well as singing duets with his wife.
He served in the Vietnam war (ARMY), being wounded and receiving a Purple Heart.
In his spare time, he worked in his gardens (flower and vegetable). Once a month, he visited a Lifecare Center in Wartburg to minister to the patients. He also did a jail ministry at the Wartburg jail each Thursday evening.
He is survived in death by his wife, Vianne Bunch Morgan; children, Dennis Wayne Morgan and Carla Keeton and her husband Tracy; two grandchildren, Cole and Halie; mother, Cordia Morgan; brothers, John and his wife Rita of Wartburg, James and wife Terri of Wartburg, J.C.; sisters, Rose Rickers of Bowie, MD, Genevieve Morgan of Pikeville, Wilma Riley, Yvonne Turner and Gail Burgess; a host of nieces and nephews, friends and co-workers who loved him dearly. His special friend and partner for many years at Brushy, Larry Harris (Officer Harris was transporting the inmate with Officer Morgan when Officer Morgan was shot and later died.)
Military honors from his Army service: Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device and National Defense Service Medal.
He served one year with the National Guard. He was nominated for correctional officer of the year with the International Association of Correctional Officers.