She was a true believer.
Sara Morgan was the first homeowner to move in when Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise The Lord ministry used some of its 2,000-plus acres to create a residential community. When Bakker returned to Fort Mill about a year ago to preach at his former property for the first time since he lost it to scandal in the late 1980s, she was there to welcome him home.
Morgan, 92, died at her Fort Mill home March 7. A celebration of her life was held at the Upper Room at the former PTL site March 12. Her daughter, Rachel Morgan Jeffries of Diamond City, Ark., says Morgan, who was born and raised in the Clinton area, was a fan of the PTL for years before Heritage was built. When homes were made available, Morgan, then a widow, didn’t hesitate.
“When she talked to me about coming up here (to Fort Mill) I said to her ‘Mom, if it sounds good to you and you want to try it, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.’ She loved it and she was very happy and sad, of course, when it didn’t last.”
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She never lost faith, though – either in her Lord or the Bakkers.
“After all that happened, you wouldn’t talk ugly out Jim and Tammy to her,” Jeffries said. “She loved them.”
According to Jeffries, one of Morgan’s favorite memories was Christmas time at Heritage.
“Jim had someone decorate the most beautiful Christmas tree in their common area and (the residents) would wake up and the most beautiful tree would be all lit up and wonderful gifts for every single person would be there. My mom appreciated the love and caring and maintenance of the place,” Jeffries said.
Later, Morgan, who was a frequent volunteer at the Upper Room for its many events, became active in Fort Mill’s Church of God and Church of All Nations. She also got to know Billy Burris of Hearts Secured Ministry in Fort Mill.
“They came and built a ramp for the front of the house so we could have her at home,” Jeffries said. “They had a team come here and built this ramp in two evenings and it is HOA approved. It is so nice.”
The celebration of life service featured remarks by the Rev. Terry Martin, a longtime family friend, and music by Jeffries and her daughter Barjeana Jeffries, who sang. Also in attendance were granddaughter Mary Charlene Sprouse and grandson Jon Wayne Morgan.
In addition to Jeffries, Morgan is survived by five sons: Charles Eugene Morgan (Diane) of La Pine, Ore., Hugh Wayne Morgan (Nancy) of Clinton, Donnie Ray Morgan (Cecelia) of Clinton, David Morgan (Rosemary) of Long Beach, Miss., and Larry Morgan of Florence, Ore.; 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.