Obituary: Edward Allen Morgan

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Edward Allen Morgan

Edward Allen Morgan

Edward Allen Morgan, 83, passed away on March 19, 2020. 

Mr. Morgan was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and grew up in Knoxville. He attended West High School, where he met the love of his life and future wife of 59 years, Mary Mina Shoffner, while working on the high school annual together. He went on to the University of Tennessee, where he was a Kappa Sigma fraternity member and ROTC.

After graduation from UT, Allen entered the Air Force. After his service, he returned to pursue additional graduate studies at Cornell University, achieving his MBA in accounting. 

He started his career in Nashville as an accountant/auditor for Price Waterhouse, and when he moved to industry, progressed from controller to financial vice president. Allen moved to Northwestern Mutual Life, achieving his Chartered Life Underwriters (CLU) and Life Member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, and then on to Connecticut Mutual Life as general agent. He established The Morgan Group, an executive placement firm, in 1982, combining his interest in meeting and helping people with his business skills. 

The Morgan Group became his primary business focus, working alongside his wife until his retirement in 2016. Allen was a longtime and faithful member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, an elder and part of the Stephens Ministry and Care Teams. He also served terms as president of the Cumberland Club, president of the Nashville Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI) and as member of American Association of Finance & Accounting (AAFA) and the Econ Club of Nashville (formerly the Exchange Club). 

Allen was a devoted husband, proud father who raised strong and independent children, and loving grandfather. He enjoyed planning family vacations, which coincidently coincided with financial conferences, and documenting every family event through pictures and videos. Allen truly enjoyed meeting and mentoring others.

He was preceded in death in 2018 by his wife, Mary Mina Shoffner Morgan. He is survived by his three children, Preston (Anna Gaylor) Morgan of Atlanta, Ashley (Ray) Crabtree of Nashville and Grayson (David) Kanter of Chicago, and grandchildren, Chase and Zachary Morgan; Hunter, Mary Claire and Taylor Crabtree; and Reid and Hailey Kanter.

The family is very grateful to the caregivers and staff at Abe’s Garden who showed true kindness, love and compassion to Allen over these last several years. They also appreciate those caregivers from Alive Hospice who came to know Allen as they provided additional care and support to him over the last year.

A private burial will occur in Knoxville. A celebration of life service will be held in the future due to current gathering guidelines and restrictions. 

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in his memory to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37205 (, or Abe’s Garden, 115 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37205 ( 

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