Darrel Morlan Goes Home To Glory

Darrel Lee Morlan, Gone Home To Blend His Golden Voice In Glory

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.




Signature Quartet

“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
Gold City
Mark Bishop
Chuck Wagon Gang
The Perry’s
Phill Cross & Poet Voices
Mike English
The Lesters
Garry McSpadden
The Melody Boys
The Weatherfords
Legacy V
The Kingsmen
The Dove Brothers
Greater Vison

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

Faith To Follow, Strength To Remember

only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.  One died for your sins, the other died for your freedom.

Philippians 1:3-6 NASB

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it untilthe day of Christ Jesus.

It has been quite a week here at Gospel Music Roundup!  Many changes are in the making, and as much as I would like to take control of it all, I have to rest in knowing the perfection of His will in my life only moves forward as I give Him the reins!  I have been offered a few things that, clearly, God has placed there;  For, as soon as I said “Yes!” all the minions of the underworld seemed to rise up against me.  But I know, as I trust in Him, His power will overcome all the stumbling blocks that satan tries to put in my way.  Just as God has given me the objective, my every step must rely on contact with Him, and following His commands.

Today was a day we honored the Fallen of our American Military.  Those dedicated soldiers who placed themselves in harm’s way and paid the ultimate price.  So many of them had no idea what was about to happen;  still others may have known the extreme danger they were in, and did their best to see to their objective in spite of the danger.  Some even knowingly laid down their lives, that others might live.

They may not have been involved in the planning of their mission;  they were simply following their leaders’ commands.  But each of them knew the purpose of their calling and took a certain pride in accomplishing their missions.

Our calling, all too often, seems to get sidelined by non-essential tasks and mundane chores that busy our hands, but don’t build the Kingdom;  Accepting Christ came with two mandates:

John 15:12-17 nasb
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14“You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17“This I command you, that you love one another.


Matthew 28:17
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

So, we are left with this:  Love each other, and bring people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, teaching those people to do the same; to LOVE EACH OTHER.

But to this end, we tend to put everything else on earth ahead of this calling!  Visiting the sick has been replaced with mowing the lawn or weeding the garden or cleaning the gutters.  Helping the widow and the orphan has been sidelined by rushing home to watch TV with the family.  Feeding the hungry has been replaced with Parties, barbecues and other celebrations that are by invitation only.  We rationalize away “Work day at the church” with “I don’t have time to even work on MY house!  How can I be expected to work on God’s?”  The list of excuses is endless.  But until we STOP busying ourselves with things that have no effect on the Kingdom, we are simply miring ourselves in the creation of wood, hay and stubble that won’t stand the test of FIRE.

IN MEMORIUM to our Leader, Jesus Christ, and his laying down of His life for US, the tasks he whispers in our ears need to become priority!



In This Episode:


Terrance Allen            Battleground
Tim Keesee            Christian Soldiers
Jay Deatherage            God, Guts And Guns
Circle Of Friends            Let Freedom Ring            
Blessed Assurance Ministries         He Whispers Sweet Peace To Me    
Canaan’s Road Quartet        I’m Free
Dan Adkins            Too Long Gone        
Don Loomis            God To America
Eric Gordon            Ain’t No Mountain
Faith Of Joplin            Star Spangled Banner
Faith Of Joplin            God Bless America
Firesong                May God’s Blessing Rest On You    
Roy Harris             Thank You Jesus
Instruments Of Faith        Land Of The Free Because Of The Brave
Jeff Buckles            Step By Step    
John Eric Anderson            My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me
Mark High                How Long Has It Been
The Denisons            God Walks The Dark Hills
The Williamsons            Walking In Step
Warren Henry Hull            Markin’ Time
Signature Quartet            Waiting For My Change