William Morton

Obituary of William E. Morton

William E. Morton (Bill) of Bridgeport, WV, went to be with his Lord on November 29, 2022. He lived a long, healthy, happy 96 years. He was born in Richwood, WV to the late Earl and Beulah Huff Morton. He was preceded in death by his sister Cleora, his beloved wife Elizabeth (Betty Ann) and his sister Mary Evelyn Morton. He was raised in Webster Springs, WV, where he graduated from high school in 1944. He enrolled at WVU but was drafted into the military. He served in the Navy from 1944 - 1946. He continued his education at WVU where he was active in Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Bater and other campus activities. He met his wife Betty Ann Miller while they were students at WVU. They both graduated in January 1950 and married in Spencer, WV in February. They moved to Webster Springs where he worked with his father at their grocery store. They then relocated to Marietta, Ohio where he would work for Kroger and soon after would open his own grocery store, The Save More Supermarket in Beverly, Ohio. Bill and Betty Ann moved the family to Bridgeport in 1962. He bought the Law Farm,150 acres along Rt. 50 where he built The Heritage Nursing Home. He continued to develop the farm property by selling land to the UHC Hospital who built the independent living and assisted living facility Maplewood. He later developed the Heritage Farms Subdivision. He was a member of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church for 60 years. He was an avid fan of his beloved Mountaineers. He served on the WVU Athletic Council and was very active in the alumni association and the Mountaineer Scholarship fund. He and Betty Ann had season tickets and attended football and basketball games for decades. He is survived by his 3 daughters and their husbands: Anne Cupelli and husband Richard of Greenville, SC; Susan Cook and her husband Nicholas of Uniontown, PA; and Jane Wilson and her husband John of Morgantown, WV. He was blessed with 6 grandchildren who called him PAPA. Laura Cook Kenna of Arlington, VA; Amy Cook Prante and husband, Gerald, of Forest, VA; Scott Taylor and his wife Danielle of Tarpon Springs, FL; Benjamin Cupelli of Brighton, MI; Carolyn Wilson Berlepsch and her husband Charles of Cos Cob CT; and Matthew Cupelli and his wife Emily of Greer, SC. He also had 13 great grandchildren, 8 great grandsons and 5 great granddaughters! The Morton family will have a private celebration of his life at a later date. Memorial donations may be made in his name to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 The Ford Funeral Home of 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV is assisting the Morton Family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family at fordfuneralhomes.com