Southern Gospel Music lost another of its golden earthbound voices, last week, as brother Darrel Lee Morlan, Tenor singer for the Signature Quartet of Carthage Missouri, went home to be with Jesus. Having met the man on a few occasions and conversed with him only for a short while, I sensed the heart of a great man of God in him, and the fruits of his labors stand as proof of Darrel’s willingness to give his life to God and for His people.
Darrel Lee Morlan, 62, of Monett passed away Thursday July 12, 2012 at his home. He was born July 6, 1950 in Wheaton, MO the son of Beulah (Potter) Morlan and the late Jack Morlan. He was united in marriage on September 18, 1970 in Monett, MO to Donna Spain she survives. He was a retired rural letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office and was active in his home church, 1st Baptist in Cassville, MO. Darrel also sang gospel music across the United States with several groups, including The Morlan Family, The Gospel Lads, and The Signature Quartet.
Darrel is survived by his mother: Beulah Morlan; wife: Donna Morlan, Monett; one son: John Morlan, wife Erin, Monett; one daughter: Julie Morlan, Purdy; one brother: Dale Morlan, Monett; two sisters: Clara Dodson, Purdy, and Janie Knight, Purdy; several nieces, nephews, extended family, and good friends. He is preceded in death by his father Jack.
Graveside services for Darrel are being held Tuesday July 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Arnhart Cemetery in Purdy, MO with Dr. John Duncan officiating. Family and friends are welcome to call anytime after 12:00 p.m. on Monday July 16, 2012 at Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, MO.
There will be a singing celebration of Darrel’s life on Sunday July 29, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Cassville, MO. In lieu of flowers or plants, the family requests donations in Darrel’s name to The Show Me Christian Youth Home or Royal Family Kids Camp. Or, as Darrel always suggested, just go out and have a nice dinner with someone you love.
Arrangements are under the care of Bennett-Wormington Funeral Home in Monett, MO.
“Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”
I Timothy 6: 6 & 7
Tenor: Darrel Morlan
Lead: Jackson Knight
Baritone: Nathan Terry
Bass: Jason Percy
Piano: Adam Rasmussen
Bass Guitar: Doug Clifton
Sound Tech: John Morlan
Signature Quartet started in Carthage, Missouri, December 2000
Throughout the years Signature Quartet has had the privilege of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song in many different venues; from Texas to South Dakota & all parts in between. Signature Quartet has shared the stage with many wonderful Gospel Groups and Singers, such as:
Brian Free & Assurance
Chuck Wagon Gang
Phill Cross & Poet Voices
The Melody Boys
The Dove Brothers
and the list goes on & on . . .
Joining Signature Quartet in this episode of Gospel Music Roundup:
Dave Berland Graduation Day
Faith Of Joplin In The Presence
Canaan Bound Ready To See Him
Tim Kessee Heaven Get Ready
Instruments Of Faith When I Get To Heaven
Eric Gordon In Eternity
Mary Alice Vanderwaters It’s Just So Beautiful Here
The Denisons God Walks The Dark Hills
The Missourians Headin’ Home