Phillip R. Morgan

June 5, 1941 - September 24, 2021

“Success comes in a lot of ways, but it doesn’t come with money and it doesn’t come with fame. It comes from having a meaning in your life, doing what you love and being passionate about what you do. That’s having a life of success. When you have the ability to do what you love, love what you do and have the ability to impact people. That’s having a life of success. That’s what have a life of meaning is.”
Tim Tebow.
On Friday, September 24, 2021, Phillip R. Morgan of Chesapeake, VA made his final touchdown and passed the goal line to enter Heaven. Phil was resting peacefully in his home with his loving wife (Becky) and daughter (Beth) at the time of his passing.
Phil, born in Warren Michigan on June 5, 1941 lived an exceptional but humble life. He was the youngest sibling of 10 and grew up being raised by his mother and sisters. After graduating high school he went to College at East Tennessee State University on a Football scholarship. Upon graduating from East Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education he was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and later played for the San Diego Chargers. He spent several years playing professional football until he was injured.
Although he did not boast about his football career or experiences, he was well known and respected by everyone he met. When he moved back to the Hampton Roads area he played football for the Norfolk Neptunes. Moving from playing on the field Phil became a high school teacher and football coach for First Colonial High School, Granby High School and Nanesmond Suffolk Academy.
After coaching he expanded his career into the Real Estate arena. Phil was a successful realtor and made many lifelong contacts. Many of which he kept in contact with throughout the years. Phil was a determined and focused man. He utilized his contacts and abilities to later start a successful Home Renovation business.
Phillip had many accolades and awards but his greatest achievement was being a loving husband, father, friend, coach and most importantly, Grandfather or “Paps.” He was a true Southern gentleman who always showed grace, compassion, patience and unconditional love. Phil is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Becky; sister, Ivah; children, Kina Dutro, spouse Rodney; Bryan Burton, spouse Jasmine; Leslie Beth Burton, Brad Burton, spouse, Laura; Ten grandchildren; Genesis, Trinity, Zion and Eden Durto; Caleb and Tristan Burton; Alexis, Morgan and Gracie Burton and Charlie Burton, and one Great Grandson, Wyatt Burton; His faithful dog Finn, Grand-pup Oliver, Longtime friend, Alonzo Williams and extended family in Michigan.
Phillip had a wonderfully successful life. He played a game he loved, formed lifelong friendships, spent the last years of his life with the LOVE of his life and enjoyed being with his family and loved ones. He fostered relationships, lived humbly in materialist ways but not in the way he spread joy and love. His smile was like the North Star. It always lit up a room and helped those lost find their way. He loved like no other, without hesitation, without restrictions and with all he had. His memory will live not only in the stories of what he did but also in the hearts and lives of those who had the pleasure of having him in their lives. He was a wonderful Patriarch of our family, leading with a Christlike heart. He will be greatly missed and never replaced.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Phillip on Sunday October 17, 2021 from 2pm-5pm in his family home, 505 Oaklette Dr. Chesapeake VA 23325.  Light refreshments will follow the Celebration of Life. Please forward any questions and contact information if you would like to attend to : Beth Burton, 757-755-6557.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Lymphoma & Leukemia Society. Www.lls.org

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art zachary
1 year ago

To a great friend and football player. We had many great times off and on the football field Phi will be missed.

Rodriguez family
1 year ago

We are so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. Our condolences to his family and friends. He was a wonderful man and he will greatly missed.

Kathy McGrory Fielder
1 year ago

Phil was an amazing and caring man. I knew him first as a teacher and coach at Granby High School, then was considered him a good friend in the years after. We lost touch, but I always wondered how he was doing, and if he was happy. It’s so wonderful to know he did! I know he’s up there now, watching over all of those he loved, and smiling down because of the peace, and good health that he can now forever enjoy!

Last edited 1 year ago by Kathy McGrory Fielder
Fran Hildreth
1 year ago

I was sad to learn of Phil’s death. I knew him back in the Neptune years and always thought he was such a nice guy. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Chris Columbus
1 year ago

I am deeply saddened to hear of Phil’s passing. He will be remembered as a great mentor by many of the students during his days at First Colonial High School. He will be missed by all that knew him, such a great guy. My heartfelt condolences to his family .

Chris Columbus
FC Class of 71’

Dick thorne
1 year ago

Will miss you Phil …as will the surving NORFOLK NEPTUNES PLAYERS & NORFOLK SPORTS CLUB MEMBERS

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